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Nicu Popescu

Director, Wider Europe programme
Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Russian, French, Romanian
Areas of Expertise: Russian domestic and foreign policies; Eastern Partnership countries and their relations with the EU; post-Soviet conflicts; cybersecurity

Nicu Popescu is the director of the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations and a senior policy fellow with ECFR's New European Security Initiative. His topics of focus include Russia and the Eastern Partnership, cybersecurity, and information warfare. 

Popescu teaches at l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Previously, he worked as a senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies (2013-2018); senior advisor on foreign policy and EU affairs to the prime minister of Moldova (2010, 2012-2013). Prior to this, he worked as head of programming and a 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 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.

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