• Mihai PANAIT Romanian Naval Forces


This study presents a few considerations about the leadership, the geopolitical and strategic importance of the Black Sea region, and potential threats or risks against security, stability, prosperity, and cooperation. It tries to demonstrate the availability of some solutions for the improvement of peace and stability in this part of the World. Much has been written about leadership in many books, researches or studies, and every day around the world, people discuss the major world problems. Leadership could be the key point to solving the equation region – regionalism and security, and to identifying new ways of building security and prosperity in the Black Sea region, in Euro-Atlantic and Euro-Asian areas. Together, we can build bridges over the Black Sea for the present and future generations.         


Author Biography

Mihai PANAIT, Romanian Naval Forces

Born on 27.03.1968, in Tițești, Argeș, Mihai Panait graduated of the” Mircea cel Bătrân” Naval Academy , Faculty of Naval Forces, series of graduates 1991.

He has the title of master in Naval Forces Joint Command, attained in 2001 by ”Carol I” Romanian National Defense University.


Academic training has been completed by graduating from several postgraduate courses and master's studies in Command Team Training Programme in Den Helder, NLD (2005), Naval Command College Newport, Rhode Island, USA (2009), Joint Strategic Leadership Course (2014) and Security and Good Governance Course (2018) in National Defence University “Carol I”, Bucharest, Combined Force Maritime Component Commanders Flag Course in Naples, Italy (2017).

Commissioned in 1990 as a lieutenant junior grade, his first assignments onboard ships were as minesweeper operations department head and later on as executive officer. At squadron and brigade level, he served as operations officer, followed by the same position at brigade level. Upon National Defence University graduation, he was appointed commanding officer of minelayer “IOAN MURGESCU” (271), chief of staff and deputy commanding officer of MCM squadron. From 2009 to 2013 he commanded “REGELE FERDINAND” (221) frigate while being deployed in various NATO and EU operations such as Active Endeavour (2010), Unified Protector (2011) and Atalanta (2012). Additionally, Rear Admiral (LH) PANAIT was a Romanian Task Group commander during its first activation in 2013 and also in 2014 and 2016. His first assignment as flag officer was chief of staff to the Fleet Command and consequently, he was promoted on December 01st 2017 to the rank of Rear Admiral (LH). From January 1st 2018 he was acting Deputy Chief of the Romanian Naval Forces for Operations and Training, being appointed from June 15th 2018. On August 1st 2019 he was promoted as Fleet Commander and he was promoted on December 01st 2019 to the rank of Rear Admiral.


His scientific activity is represented by several articles and scientific papers such as Contesting International Norms regarding the sovereignty, self-determination and logic of conflict in the Black Sea Region. The need for leadership in front of these threats, Solutions for the European future: Balance between Security, Strategy and Forces, appeared at the publishing houses of the National Defense University "Carol I" and the Romanian Naval Forces Staff.





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