Experts & Staff

Nicu Popescu

Director, Wider Europe programme

Areas of expertise

Russian domestic and foreign policies; Eastern Partnership countries and their relations with the EU; post-Soviet conflicts; cybersecurity

Languages

English, Russian, French, Romanian

Biography

Nicu Popescu is the director of the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and he works from ECFR’s Paris office. His topics of focus include EU’s relations with Russia and the Eastern Partnership countries.

In 2019, Popescu served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova. Previously, he worked as a senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (2013-2018); senior advisor on foreign policy  to the prime minister of Moldova (2010, 2012-2013); senior research fellow at ECFR’s London office (2007-2009, 2011-2012), and as a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (2005-2007).

Popescu teaches at Sciences-Po Paris. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He is author of the EU foreign policy and post-Soviet conflicts: stealth intervention (Routledge 2010) and co-editor of Democratization in EU Foreign Policy (with Benedetta Berti and Kristina Mikulova), published in 2015.

La souveraineté stratégique de l’UE commence en Europe orientale

Alors que les sociétés européennes commencent à faire le bilan de l’influence de la pandémie du Covid-19 sur l’Union européenne (UE), il est de plus en plus fréquent d’entendre que cette épreuve a prouvé le besoin pour l’UE d’une plus grande souveraineté stratégique. Cela ne fait aucun doute. Mais le véritable défi pour la puissance de l’UE et sa souveraineté stratégique ne réside pas dans les masques mais dans la gestion par l’UE de ses problèmes extérieurs, et en premier lieu ceux de son voisinage.

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In the media

Nicu Popescu's recent article on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is quoted by Eurasianet

Nicu Popescu takes part in the latest episode of Ukraine World to explain what's happening in the Eastern Partnership countries