Experts & Staff

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.

Latest from Nicu Popescu

  • Cover: L’élection présidentielle française vue par les Européens

    L’élection présidentielle française vue par les Européens

    Podcast du Black Coffee Morning "L’élection présidentielle française vue par les Européens" du 16/05, animé par Barbara Kunz, chercheur au Comité d'études des relations franco-allemandes (Cerfa) de l'Ifri, Nicu Popescu, analyste senior à l’Institut d’études de sécurité de l’Union européenne (EUISS), et Tara Varma, coordinatrice du bureau de l’ECFR Paris.

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    Cover: Le jeu sino-russe contre l’Occident

    The China-Russia game against the West

    A l’occasion de la sortie du nouveau China Analysis, Mathieu Duchâtel, Directeur adjoint du programme Asie et Chine de l’ECFR, Nicu Popescu, Senior analyste au European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), et Jérôme Doyon, Associate Fellow et éditeur du China Analysis, ont discuté, lors d'un BCM organisé à l'ECFR Paris, du jeu d'alliance entre la Chine et la Russie.

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    Cover: “Quel avenir pour les relations UE-Russie? ”

    What future for the EU-Russia relations ?

    Séminaire du 9 juin à l'Académie Diplomatique Internationale avec:

    Panel 1
    - Andrew Wilson, Professeur en Etudes ukrainiennes au University College de Londores et Senior Policy Fellow de l’ECFR
    - David Cadier, Visiting Senior Fellow au Finnish Institute of International Affairs et Chercheur Associé, LSE IDEAS (London School of Economics)
    - Jean Radvanyi, professeur à l'INALCO et co-auteur du livre "La Russie entre peurs et défis" (Armand Colin 2016) avec Marlène Laruelle
    - Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de l'ECFR Paris (modérateur)

    Panel 2
    - Pierre Lellouche, Député membre de la commission des affaires étrangères
    - Nicu Pospescu, Analyste senior à l'Institut d'Etudes de Sécurité de l'Union européenne (EUISS)
    - Michel Duclos, Directeur général de l'Académie Diplomatique Internationale (Modérateur)

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    Three scenarios for Ukraine (Commentary)

    Nicu Popescu - 11 March 2014

    Following events in Crimea, three worrying scenarios are conveivable, including a future with more military interventions. To minismise the chance of this happening, Russia's actions have to be met more than just diplomatic signals.

    Time for Azerbaijan to open up (Commentary)

    Nicu Popescu - 01 October 2012

    Azerbaijan has hydrocarbon riches and a strategic position, which means that all the great powers have an interest in good relations. But one family has dominated the political scene for many years, corruption is rampant and the economy needs diversifying. It’s time to open up.


    Cover: Transnistria: A bottom-up solution

    Transnistria: A bottom-up solution

    by Nicu Popescu - 25th September, 2012

    How to defrost Moldova's frozen conflict


    Power and Weakness in Putin’s Russia (Commentary)

    Nicu Popescu - 15 March 2012

    Vladimir Putin’s support machine was strong enough to guarantee him victory in the presidential election. But Putin’s strength is the weakness of the opposition and he should be worried by the divisions within his own government.


    How Putin ran out of ideas and won (Commentary)

    Nicu Popescu - 01 March 2012

    Russia has changed and Vladimir Putin has run out of ideas. Although he will still win the Russian presidential election, Putin faces the biggest ever challenge to his power once he re-enters the Kremlin.




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