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January 9th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Adina Anghelache

Friends with all, BFFs with the US Romania’s foreign policy for the next four years

On January 4th the Grindeanu government was sworn in and its governing program accepted by the Parliament. The ten pages devoted to foreign affairs talk about the new administration’s objectives and future measures in its efforts to be predictable, active, a good EU and NATO team player, an exporter of peace and security in the […]


January 9th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Dania Koleilat Khatib

Why are we scared of Islamists?

There is general sense of distrust when it comes to islamists. Liberals in Arab countries as well as western countries are weary of political Islam. There is a belief that these parties’ doctrine is incompatible with democracy. The general perception is these parties are not true to the democracy they claim. Therefore, even when they […]


January 5th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Donald Trump, please think before you tweet

Given President-elect Donald Trump’s ukase-like tweets last week, if President George W. Bush has not phoned his successor once removed with a crisp message, he should do so immediately. Six words are enough. “Donald, you are not president yet!” And, the 43rd president might have added, “And please do a little more homework before sounding […]


January 4th, 2017 | Blog - Good governance | By Clara Volintiru

Social roots: How Romania’s Social Democrats won the 2016 election

It’s 11 December, a Sunday morning, and national elections are taking place in Romania. A middle-aged man is strutting through the dusted streets of a rural village in Giurgiu. He is saluting every person he meets on the streets, on their way to the polls, knowing them all by name; some handshakes here, some promises […]


December 28th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Too many icebergs; too many Titanics

In the early morning hours of April 15th nearly one hundred and one years ago, the super ship of her day, RMS Titanic, struck an iceberg. An enormous gash was torn in her starboard side below the water line. The “unsinkable” ship flooded and sank. Of the 2243 passengers and crew, about 1500 died making […]


December 22nd, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Radu Magdin

US-Romania ties in need of an upgrade

There are several reasons why Donald Trump’s administration must upgrade the relationship with Romania—an important US partner in Eastern Europe. Romania is an enduring friend and ally—from a cultural, security, and military standpoint—and offers a wealth of economic opportunities. It aspires to be more present on Washington’s strategic radar, and particularly on the agenda of […]


December 20th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Putin, Trump and a plan B just in case

President-elect Donald Trump has surely signaled intent in altering American policy towards Russia and Vladimir Putin, perhaps dramatically. Whether the next president is imitating Richard Nixon’s strategic gambit towards China in the early 1970’s to counter the Soviet Union or setting the table for a transactional negotiation is, at best, guesswork. However, the nomination of […]


December 14th, 2016 | Blog - Good governance | By Dania Koleilat Khatib

The rising civil society in Syria

“Who/What is the alternative to Assad, what is the alternative to his regime?” A question many westerners ask. Who can take charge of shattered country the day after the conflict is over? Many think that the only alternative to Assad is either Jabhat al Nusra or Daesh. And while research and journalistic reporting covered extensively […]


December 13th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Lurking Pearl Harbors?

Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island: Last week marked the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that destroyed much of the Pacific Fleet’s battleship firepower forcing America into World War II. Pearl Harbor has since become synonymous with attacks launched without warning. Interestingly, Nazi Germany’s unprovoked invasion of Russia on June 22nd, […]


December 7th, 2016 | Blog - European affairs | By Corneliu Visoianu

A streetcar named Desire

Both Matteo Renzi’s loss in the constitutional referendum and, Alexander Van der Bellen’s win in the Austrian presidential election set the scene of a Europe frightened by the prospect of change. The tendency to elect elderly leaders, appearing to guarantee equilibrium and maintain the status quo, has been turning Europe into a group of enclaves, […]


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The 2017 edition of the Strategikon Annual Book – The Year of Challenging Choices

The 2017 edition of the Strategikon Annual Book – The Year of Challenging Choices

It’s not easy to be a leader, but the solution is closer than people may think and it has to do with returning to some good old fashioned traits that shaped leaders in past decades: will power, values and vision. Launched at the Good Governance Summit, The Year of Challenging Choices strives to understand the fault lines in international relations and the relevant actors, as they are and not how they appear to be.

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