Editorial release: From Synergy to Strategy in the Black Sea Region. Assessing Opportunities and Challenges

April 22, 2024



European Institute of Romania, Working Papers Series, No.51, Bucharest, April 2024.

The paper reunites contributions from 38 experts, analysts and former officials from 16 countries, including experts from Razumkov Centre. The publication addresses topics related to the political dimension (e.g., democratisation or support of civil society), the economic dimension (e.g., development of transport routes or digitalisation), security and regional cooperation in a multilateral format.

This collaborative report continues the series of the papers published by European Institute of Romania in the microstudies collection, being the 4th after the ones dedicated to the future of Europe, the relation between the European Union and the African Union, and the Three Seas Initiative.



Yuriy Yakymenko

President, Editor-in-Chief of "National Security and Defence" Journal

Born in 1967 in Cherkasy


National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Faculty of Philosophy (1991)

University of Manchester (the UK), Department of Government, post-graduate course in Political Theory, MA (Econ) (1994)

National Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy, post-graduate course in Social Philosophy (1995). The author of about 200 publications

Ph.D. in Political Science (2013). The author of about 40 research papers and more than 200 publications in media


1991 – 1995 — Expert in Public Relations of the Ukrainian Union of Afghan War Veterans

1995 – 2002 — Senior Consultant, Chief Consultant, Head of Division, Deputy Head of the Main Department of Domestic Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine

Most recent position at State Service — Deputy Head of the Department for Analysis and Prognosis of Home Policy of the Administration of the President of Ukraine. State Servant of the 4th rank

April 2002 – May 2005  — Razumkov Centre Leading Expert, Political and Legal Programmes

May 2005 – November 2011 — Director of Political and Legal Programmes

November 2011 – June 2020 — Deputy Director General, Director of Political and Legal Programmes

June 2020 — ongoing — President of the Razumkov Centre

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