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Romania and The United Kingdom – The Special Relationship after Brexit – Security and Defence Dimensions

About the event

Brexit has challenged many ideas about cooperation and integration on the European continent. It also provides a space for the development of new types of partnerships. The event brings together experts from the UK and Romania in order to discuss various avenues through with the two countries can revamp their bilateral relationship in the aftermath of Brexit. The debate focuses on the recent report on the future of UK-Romania relations published by the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance in London and the Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies in Romania.

The report recommends that Romania and the UK enhance their military cooperation with a geographical reference to the Black Sea and the Western Balkans. Both countries should strive to invest further resources and efforts in the preservation of the security architecture on the European continent, primarily cooperating within the framework of NATO. Similar initiatives have already been developed between the UK and Poland. Moreover, post-Brexit both the UK and Romania will find increased incentives to aim to reinforce transatlanticism and keep the US engaged (both military and in terms of economy) on the European continent.

Key Policy Recommendations:
Romania should focus on developing a new deep and special partnership with the U.K. based on its current contribution and commitment to the transatlantic order. Moreover, it is in Romania’s interest to keep the U.K. engaged in key parts of the order such as the Norther Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the promotion of liberal values, or tackling Russia’s perceived threat to security on the European continent.
Romania should push for enhanced military cooperation with the U.K. This could, for example, follow the model of the recent defence cooperation between the Poland and the U.K.
Bucharest should engage in actively lobbying the British government to build a deep and special partnership that entails Romania being a bridge for the U.K. in the post-Soviet space.
We propose that the new reference point for the deep and special partnership between the U.K. and Romania would be a focus on the Wider Black Sea and the Balkan Peninsula, with an aspiration to enhance the ability of the two countries to project power and diplomatic influence in these regions and the immediate nighbourhood.

The International Panel is a joint effort of the Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Governance, and the National Defense University ”Carol I”.

Agenda panel

10:35 – 11:30


Keynote Speakers:

Tim Oliver, London Institute for Diplomacy & International Governance

Cristian Nițoiu, PhD, Lecturer, Vicepresident & Deputy CEO Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies

Florin Păsătoiu, PhD, Lecturer, President and Executive Director Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies


Followed by: distinguished comments with:

Cpt(N) Ioan Crăciun, Professor, Director for PhD Studies

Liviu Mureșan – President, EURISC Foundation

Iulian Chifu, President, Early Warning Center


Moderated by:

Doina Muresan, Director National Defence College


Keynote Speakers

Tim Oliver, Senior Lecturer for the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance

Tim’s research and teaching currently focus on Brexit, British politics, London, European politics, international relations and international security. He has combined work in academia (LSE, UCL, NYU and the EUI) with work in political institutions (the House of Lords and the European Parliament), think tanks (in Berlin, Washington D.C. and London) and with the British military.

Tim is a leading expert on Brexit, UK politics and foreign policy, and international relations. He is the author of Understanding Brexit: A Concise Introduction (2018) and editor of Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave (2018).

Cristian Nitoiu

Lecturer in Diplomacy and Global Governance at the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance (Loughborough London University). Before joining the Institute Cristian was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University. He also held a Postdoctoral Fellow in EU-Russia relations and Ukraine at LSE IDEAS, as well as research positions at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe (Natolin campus, ENP Chair). He was awarded a PhD in 2014 from Loughborough University working on a project on the legitimacy of the foreign policy of the European Union. He also gained a MA in International Relations form the University of Nottingham and a BA in International Relations and European Studies.

Florin Pasatoiu, President and Executive Director Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies

Lecturer in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences, president and director of the Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies. Florin Pasatoiu was awarded five fellowship schemes: with MGIMO, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Russian Federation (in Moscow, September-November 2014), with Salzburg Global Seminar (in Salzburg, May 2014), with the German Marshall Fund of the United States of America (in the United States of America, February – March 2008), with the European Foundation Centre, International Fellowship Programme for Learning and Exchange in Philanthropy (IFP) (at ALDA- in Italy and Council of Europe- Strasbourg, in 2007) and with the Mission of Romania to the European Union (in Brussels, in 2003). Florin Pasatoiu has been involved in the “Whither Liberal World Order? Challenges from Russia, Eurasia, and Beyond” working group hosted by University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) in the framework of the H2020 UPTAKE project, which brings together scholars from the Universities of Kent, Uppsala University (Sweden) and Tartu (Finland).



Ioan Craciun, Professor, National Defence College Carol I

He is the Director of the Leadership and Security Studies Department at the National Defence College Carol I, coordinating, through his position, numerous activities and projecting educational programs on a wide range of subjects. He made himself remarked by the work undertaken as a Member of the National Council for University Titles, Diplomas and Certificate Attestation, the Scientific Council of International Geostrategic Maritime Observatory and invited professor at the European Center for Security Studies – George C. Marshall. In the past he has occupied a list of various positions, including key roles in the NATO School and Military Staff. All of these in addition to long series of specialization courses, preparatory modules, development training etc. that he undertook during the years in the fields of military, security and defence; fields in which he has gained a well-established expertise.

Liviu Muresan

Liviu Muresan, PhD, Professor, founder and the Executive President of the EURISC Foundation – European Institute for Risk, Security and Communication Management (1995). He graduated courses of the Defence College NATO GFO (Rome), of the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale (Paris), of the Center for Civil-Military Relations (Monterey). He held several positions in the governmental structures: Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister, Senior Adviser to the Romanian Government, Senior Adviser to the Interior Minister, High Representative of the Romanian Government of the Anti-Corruption Initiative of the Pact of Stability (SPAI) and of the Combating Organized Crime Initiative (SPOC). He was Director of the Romanian Agency for setting up the regional SECI Center for Combating Transborder Organized Crime, and as the Deputy Director of the National Defence College he was the first civilian appointed in command position in the Romanian Army (1993-1994). He is Executive President of the Euro-Atlantic Council Romania – Casa NATO, EURODEFENCE Romania and Association des Anciens Auditeurs de l’IHEDN (Paris). Since 2007, he is member of European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF), contributing to the development of a “Joint Security Research Agenda” (European Commission). He received the National Order “Star of Romania” – Class Officer (2000).


Iulian Chifu, Professor, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Iulian Chifu, apart of being a professor, he is the President of the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning. Beforehand he has worked as a Counselor in Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence for the President of the Chamber of Deputies, also being a Counselor for the Romanian Senate and the Presidential Administration. Moreover, during his career he also was: director at the Black Sea Foundation, Center of European History and Civilization of the Romanian Academy, lecturer at the National Academy of Information and the Center for NATO Studies, actively participating in a long series of specialization courses abroad and having written more than 20 materials in his fields of interest



Doina Muresan

The name of Doina Mureșan will persist on the halls of the Romanian military history and on the lips of every young professional that aspires to follow her path. She finished in 1986 the Active Officer’s Military School „Nicolae Bălcescu” in Sibiu and then went straight up to the National Defense University „Carol I” Panduri 68-72 in Bucharest, followed by an even more profound studying of the military field at the same institution but in the NATO Defense College and Faculty of Command and Joint Chiefs, all crowned up by a Ph.D. in the Military Sciences. Being extremely active in this field she did a post-doctorate course on the International Economic Relations at the Romanian Institute of Diplomacy and later on, in 2007, a Master in Educational and Psych-pedagogic Management continued by one in National Defense and Security, Information-based Management of Projects, and a long list of specialization studies at the EIPA, Universitat Munchen, NATO School etc.

Even though her studies are impressive her jobs are even more, especially as she worked in parallel with the academic pursuit, starting as a chief accountant in the Ministry of Defense in 1986, officer in the financial department of DGIA, chief of the bureau of economic-financial analysis in the Unified Commandment of Logistics, from 2006 being on the other side of the desk at the university where she began her studies, from this position writing more than 7 books and numerous articles.

Panel venue

National Defense University ”Carol I” Senate Room Panduri Street, 68-72, Bucharest, Romania

DATE 10.00-11.30 I March 18, 2019

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