Black Sea Politics: A Brief Introduction

The Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), founded on June 25, 1992, is a major regional organization responsible for the maintenance of cooperation, peace, stability and prosperity between its twelve members: Albania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bulgaria; Georgia; Greece; Moldova; Romania; Russia; Serbia; Turkey; and Ukraine. In this course, we will learn about the history, structures, and functions of BSEC. We will also examine how BSEC works in conjunction with other international organizations (such as the International Black Sea Club, the Black Sea Commission, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the European Commission) to foster greater comity in Black Sea politics.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Carol Weaver, The Politics of the Black Sea Region: EU Neighbourhood, Conflict Zone or Future Security Community? (Oxford, England: Routledge, 2013).


  • The history of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
  • The structures of BSEC.
  • The functions of BSEC.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the history of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).
  2. Comprehend the structures of BSEC.
  3. Appreciate the contributions of BSEC to Black Sea politics.

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