International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Black Sea Region

"Current Security Challenges in the Black Sea Region"

(Sofia; April 22nd, 2016)


The Black Sea Region is located strategically between Southeastern Europe and Western Asia and has historically served as both a bridge between cultures and civilizations as well as a dividing border. The conference “The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Black Sea Region” will focus on the current security challenges in the Black Sea Region as well as the opportunities for increased bilateral and multilateral cooperation.


09:00 - 9:30 Registration
09:30 -10:00 Opening Session

H.E. Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria
Amb. Eric Rubin, Ambassador of the United States to Bulgaria
Dimitar Kyumyurdzhiev, Deputy Minister of Defence
Regine Schubert, Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Dr. Solomon Passy, President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-2005)
10:00-11:00 Sustainable Future Of The Black Sea Region”
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Amb. Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General of NATO
Amb. Valentin Poryazov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Georgi Pirinski, MEP, S&D Group
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:05 Security Challenges In The Black Sea Region - First Part “
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Moderator: Grigoriy Nedyalkov, Journalist
Ioan Mircea Pascu, Vice-President, European Parliament
Lt. Gen. Konstantin Popov, Chief of Defence of Bulgaria
Amb. Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes, Ambassador of France to Bulgaria
Konstantin Zografov, AFCEA International Regional Vice President for South East Europe and AFCEA Sofia Chapter President, BULYARD Shipbuilding Industry EAD, Director Security and Strategic Projects
12:05-13:00 Security Challenges In The Black Sea Region - Second Part”
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Prof. Plamen Panayotov, Deputy Prime Minister (2001 -2005)
Amb. Luybomir Kyuchukov, Director of the Economics and International Relations Institute, Former deputy MFA
Prof. Mustafa Aydin, Rector, Kadir Has University
Yordan Bojilov, President, Sofia Security
13:00 - 13:15 Coffee break
13:15 - 14:30 Hybrid Warfare And Propaganda Campaigns”
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner, Academic Director of Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
Rear Adm. Mitko Petev, Commander, Bulgarian Navy
Gizo Chelidze, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Georgia
Victoria Bucataru, Program Director, Foreign Policy Association of Moldova
Prof. Michail Stanchev, National University of Kharkiv, Ukraine
Nahide Denis, Journalist, Turkey
Intervention by Steven Mehringer, Head of Communications Services, PDD, NATO
14:30 - 15:30 Buffet Lunch
15:30 - 16:45 Daesh War For Oil. Its Impact On Energy Security In The Region
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Moderator: Zdravko Popov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Czech Republic (2006 - 2010)
Bogomil Manchev, President, BULATOM
Prof. Alexander Nikitin, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
Dr. Nika Chitatdze, International Black Sea University, Georgia
Slavcho Neykov, Energy Policy Expert
16:45 - 17:15 Closing Remarks