Diplomacy and foreign policy

Online Survey: Romania - Ukraine bilateral agenda. Assessing the security and defence sector

Between May 1 and July 4, 2019, within the project ”The Romanian – Ukrainian Civil Society Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation”, supported by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund, was conducted an online survey. The aim of the survey was to analyze and evaluate the Romania-Ukraine bilateral agenda in the security and defense sector. Key Findings of the Online-Survey:  – We have found low interest in […]

Policy Paper: Relațiile dintre România și Federația Rusă în vremuri tulburi

Chiar dacă relațiile bilaterale trec în plan secundar uneori, ecourile evenimentelor din România și din Federația Rusă capătă atenție în celălalt stat. Modul în care sunt construite relațiile dintre cele două state se confruntă cu o serie de obstacole de natură istorică, economică, politică, militară, printre altele. Interacțiunea și dialogul prin diferite instrumente devin necesare pentru a ameliora riscurile și amenințările pe termen mediu și lung. Plecând de la premisa […]

Alegeri prezidențiale #Ucraina2019 REFLECȚII ÎNAINTE DE TURUL II. PARTEA III

Pentru unii surprinzătoare, pentru sociologi mai puțin, rezultatele primului tur al alegerilor prezidențiale din Ucraina arată o realitate cotidiană pe care cei ce urmăresc atent procesele politice și economice din această țară și-ar fi dorit să aibă un alt caracter. Votul din 31 martie 2019 (primul tur al alegerilor prezidențiale) a demonstrat încă o dată care este atitudinea ucrainenilor față de elita lor politică. Ce am înțeles și ce nu […]

Policy Paper: Why Putin’s foreign policy is not rational

There seems to be an international consensus among analysts: Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy is rational. I question this presumption. In international relations, the concept “rationality” has become ubiquitous. Since 2000, around 50% of scholarly international relations references to foreign policy allude to “rationality” (Abulof 2015 pp. 359-360). But “rationality” is rarely defined in international relations literature. The concept “rationality” has different meanings across fields. In international relations, use of the […]

Policy Paper: Practicing “active measures” in the 21st century: the Russian attack on the American democracy

This paper aims to contextualize the Russian interference in the American elections as a special type of political warfare that autocracy can use against a democracy. It builds on the insights of the so-called Gerasimov doctrine that somehow previewed the forthcoming normalization of societal cohesion attacks as well as “the weaponization of everything”. A major component of the wars of the 21st century will be about influencing the cognitive domain […]

The Romanian - Ukrainian Civil Society Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation

The Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association, Bucharest, and its partner, Ukrainian Foreign Council ”Prism”, Kyiv, is launching a new project with the title ” The Romanian – Ukrainian Civil Society Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation”. The project is supported by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund. The development of formal discussions between Romanian and Ukrainian experts in an organized form […]

The second edition of the EaPTTF: A New Security Agenda for EaP. The Regional Approach (14th November – 16th November 2018, Bucharest)

The second edition of the Eastern Partnership Think Tank Forum with the title ” A New Security Agenda for EaP. The Regional Approach” was held between November 14 – 16, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council. The event was organized by the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association (Romania) in partnership with  the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), […]

Policy Paper: Russia’s foreign policy and its new instruments of pressure. Looking for “efficiency” Case study: Romania

This policy paper aims at analyzing how the foreign policy instruments used by Russia have influenced the agenda of the public debates in Romania. The analysis will focus both on hard instruments (territorial annexations and wars that took place in the territorial proximity of Romania) and on soft instruments (propaganda). This paper was realized by Dr. Ileana Racheru within the project “Understanding the Eastern Neighborhood. A unique platform for comprehensive debates […]

ESGA Q&A. Guest: Alex Nice

Alex Nice, British analyst covering the politics and economics of Russia and the post-Soviet space, Warsaw. In 2013-17 he was Regional Manager at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London covering Russia and the CIS. Prior to this he was the Coordinator of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and was subsequently a member of the RIIA Council. This interview was realized […]

”Russia and the West: How to build "perfect" Partnerships with "imperfect" Leaders. The Role of Russia in the “Post-Truth” World”

Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association (ESGA) has organized on June 5th, 2018, the debate ”Russia and the West: How to build “perfect” Partnerships with “imperfect” Leaders. The Role of Russia in the “Post-Truth” World”. The guest speakers of the event were Konstantin von Eggert, Programme host and commentator at TV Rain. He was a diplomatic correspondent for Izvestia daily in the 1990s, Moscow bureau chief for the BBC […]