Walter Zaryckyj Talk - Cauldron of Conflict?: Taking Measure of the Geo-Cultural, Geo-Economic, and Geo-Political Significance of the Black Sea Region

On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to announce we have a fellow alumnus, Walter Zaryckyj, Executive Director of the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations, who is visiting with us to share, via Zoom conference, the cultural, economic, and political significance of the Black Sea Region.

The talk will shine light at the Black Sea Region as (a) the vitally important South-Eastern flank of NATO; (b) a central link both in the old Silk Road and the emerging new Silk Road; and (c) a perennial focus point of Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations."

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Attend the talk to learn about the Region:

Geo-Cultural Dimension - The significance of the Black Sea in the various ancient 'Clashes of Civilization' --- as the eternal "borderland/contested zone" in the struggles between: Achaia and Troja; Greece and Medo-Persia; Macedonia and Persia-India; Rome and Parthia; Europa and Mongolia; Byzantinum and the Ottomans.

Geo-Economic Dimension - The medieval era Silk Road from China to the Baltic Nations passing through both the Caspian and Black Seas and the current China initiated Silk Road that could link the vast markets of China and India with the markets of the European Union and (by short boat-ride) North America (ie - the Euro-Atlantic Community in its economic guise).

Geo-Political Dimension - Finally, Dr. Zaryckyj will examine the Black Sea Region as it has been described by two recent commanders (one heading US European forces and the other heading overall NATO forces) -ie- as a "Cauldron of Conflict". Being at the crossroads between two military political-military ententes, NATO & partners on the one hand and the SOC-CSTO tandem (featuring Russia, China and a host of Central Asian states with Iran & Pakistan), the Black Sea region is in fact a Geo-Political 'pivot point' (credit Columbia prof. Zbig Brzezinski for the term) of the highest order. 

We will conclude the talk with a Q&A discussion.

About Walter Zaryckyj


Walter Zaryckyj is Executive Director of the Center for US-Ukrainian Relations. The Center provides “informational platforms” or venues for senior-level representatives of the political, economic, security, diplomatic and cultural/academic establishments of the United States and Ukraine to exchange views on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, and to showcase what has been referred to as a “burgeoning relationship of notable geopolitical import” between the two nations.

Dr. Zaryckyj completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Columbia University; he taught political science at NYU for nearly three decades before moving on in recent years to do postdoctoral research work on Eastern Europe.


January 21, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


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