George Friedman: I think that the most important principle of the friendship between our countries is shared interests. We need each other. Romania needs to guarantee its security in a region of unique uncertainty including not only the Russians but also Turkey and the Balkans. They are not necessarily adversaries but they all raise uncertainties. For the United States, Romania is a safe haven from which to observe and react to events in this region. We share common political philosophies as liberal democracies, but it is our common interests that bind us.