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Nicu Popescu

Director, Wider Europe programme
Senior Policy Fellow

At ECFR, Nicu Popescu is Director for Wider Europe covering Russia, the Eastern Partnership countries, Turkey and the Western Balkans, and their relations with the EU. He is also a senior policy fellow with ECFR’s New European Security Initiative working on cyber security and information warfare issues. He also 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 for the prime minister of Moldova (2010, 2012-2013). Prior to this, he worked as head of programme and senior research fellow at ECFR in London (2007-2009, 2011-2012), and as a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (2005-2007). 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.

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