• Cătălin Valentin VLAD Romanian National Defense University**ROU NAVY



Romania's desire to secure its security guarantees at regional and international level has been permanently crystallized at conceptual and executive level through its national defence strategies, as well as through the sustained contribution the Romanian Armed Forces have had in the last two decades supporting UN, NATO or EU efforts for ensuring regional and international security and stability.

Consequently, Romania has joined the states that want not only to benefit, but also to actively contribute to ensuring international security within the framework defined by international treaties and conventions. In this regard she has steadily sought to calibrate its own strategies for defence on the conceptual footing of streamlining the process of international security, stability and prosperity in order to outline, secure, credit and legitimize its own position in this process, both regionally and internationally.

In the context defined by the presence of increasingly diverse challenges in the international security environment, Cohen's model might represent for Romania an opportunity to advance the idea of initiating and developing legitimate security communities through regional cooperation within the main Euro-Atlantic maritime basins, so as to streamline the process of ensuring international security.


Keywords: regional security; security communities; regional cooperation; regional stability.

Author Biography

Cătălin Valentin VLAD, Romanian National Defense University**ROU NAVY

Born on 02.02.1975, town Constanta, first name Valentin Catalin last name Vlad graduate of the ”Mircea cel Batran” Naval Academy , Faculty of Naval Forces, series of graduates 1998. He has the title of master in Naval Forces Joint Command, attained in 2011 by ”Carol I” Romanian National Defense University Academic training has been completed by graduating from several postgraduate courses and master's studies in Greece (PfP Training Center / Kilkis), Germany (NATO School / Oberammergau), Romania ("Mircea cel Batran" Naval Academy / Constanta, "Carol I" National Defense University / Bucharest, Maritime University of Constanta) and the United States of America (Surface Warfare Officers School Command / Newport, Naval War College / Newport). He has been an officer in the active service of the Romanian Naval Forces since 1998 and has worked on various execution and command functions on board ships and in national and NATO command structures. Thus, between 2011-2013 he commanded the corvette "RADM Eustatiu Sebastian" (264), between 2013-2015 he served as Battle Watch Captain to Allied Maritime Command of Northwood / UK, from January to June 2017 he served as Chief of Staff of the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 / SNMG-2 while operationally deployed in the eastern maritime flank of NATO, and from 2016 he is the head of operations of the Fleet Command. His scientific activity is represented by several articles and scientific papers such as Regional Maritime Security Cooperation to Counter Black Sea Threats; Concepts – Cooperative Security, Security Communities; A Possible Euro-Atlantic Comprehensive Maritime Security Model and Comprehensive Resources Planning Over the Maritime Security Operation, appeared at the publishing houses of the National Defense University "Carol I" and the Romanian Naval Forces Staff.


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