Ukr. geogr. z. 2015, N2:33-40
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Boulineau Emmanuelle - Lumière University Lyon 2, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France.


The issues of the Black Sea area structuring from the standpoint of geopolitics and taking in consideration the processes of globalization and regionalism have been researched in the article. The degree of internationalization and regionalization at the local level is defined based on the study of the Black Sea area fraternal relations between cities, understanding twinning movement as initiatives from below. The definition of sister cities both traditional as well as the one formed under the new conditions of this process development has been given. Main methods of research were directed at the need for clarification of the Black Sea coastal boundaries, criteria for the term «city» definition, approaches to the database creation. To analyze the latter several hypotheses were put forward: proportionality of the sister cities relations number to their population, force of the soviet system collapse impact and the role of spatial proximity. For each of these areas received concrete results. A number of outstanding issues to be the subject of further research has been outlined.

Key words: 
Sister Cities, internationalization, regionalization, globalization, Black Sea area

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