by Radu Magdin
"The “Easterners,” historically enthusiastic about the United States, are rightfully worried by Russia’s actions following its annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine.
While mindful of the fact that the United States has global interests, not just regional ones, Eastern Europe seeks Washington’s attention. Providing this attention will not entail a European pivot, but it does mean strengthening ties in a difficult part of the world. This is to the advantage of not just the countries of Eastern Europe, but also the United States.
There are plenty of opportunities to strengthen ties. The Black Sea holds untapped energy resources. Romania is hungry for investment; it offers fiscal opportunity and stability; it has strong economic growth; and is a model in the fight against corruption. Romania is also a safe country with a US military base at Constanta and the missile defense shield at Deveselu."