In recent years, since the inauguration of President Donald Trump and continuing this trend all the way to the presidency of Joseph R. Biden, the United States has begun to pay more and more attention to Romania in the context of its own interests in Central and Eastern Europe. This interest was primarily due to Romania’s significant role in the security system of NATO’s eastern flank and Romania’s importance to the economic and security architecture of the Black Sea region. For example, the multinational brigade in Craiova, for which Romania is a framework nation, forms the land component of the forward presence. Currently, ten allies – Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal – have committed to it, contributing to the brigade headquarters and coordinating enhanced training. In addition, Romania is the country responsible for air policing activities in the Black Sea region under NATO auspices.
Oleksandr Kraiev, is the director of the North America program in the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. He is an international relations columnist for several Ukrainian and international media outlets. He is also a PhD candidate at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Key academic and professional spheres of interest: the UK and US foreign and domestic policy, the Irish border dispute, hybrid warfare, and modern conflicts.
This policy brief is developed within the project “Romanian – Ukrainian Civil Society Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation. Third edition”, implemented by the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association, Romania, in partnership with Strategic and Security Studies Group and Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian PRISM ”, Ukraine, with the support of Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of German Marshall Fund. The views expressed in this policy paper are those of the author and do not necessarily coincide with those of ESGA partners.