The West Needs a Post-War Plan for Stabilizing the Black Sea

A Russian naval ship on the Black Sea amid a conflict in Ukraine
A security officer stands next to the grain-transporting ship Navi-Star as it waits to sail from the Odesa Sea Port, in Odesa, Ukraine, July 29, 2022 (AP photo by David Goldman).

The strategic and economic importance of the Black Sea region has made it the center of conflict for centuries, and several factors make it unlikely that it will suddenly find stability when the war in Ukraine ends. As a result, the EU and U.S. should be developing contingency plans to ensure stability in the Black Sea region now.

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