My work

My work

From policy ideas to research endeavors, I make sure that I achieve my fullest potential. I’m open to discussing policy proposals, research projects, and ideas that can benefit from my input.

Opinion pieces (in Romanian)

Research Projects

I focus my research on topics linked to three major concepts: identity, security, and power.  I primarily research on topics linked to international security, foreign policy, the relationship between domestic and foreign policy, societal and political narratives, and a few others. Currently, I have a particular interest for ontological security, the role and impact of strategic narratives as an instrument of power in international relations, as well as the role of discourse in constituting the social reality and public policy.

  • Narratives of Alterity in International Politics: Continuity and Change in the Representation of the Other. (2017-2018, MA Thesis)

For my 2018 MA thesis, I have worked on developing a more nuanced and complementary conceptual framework regarding the representation of „the Other” in international politics. I argue that the two contradictory, but complementary, Constructivist theoretical approaches in IR on the sources of state identity and the representation of the Other can be merged into a via media of constructivism which allows for a more nuanced and coherent model for explaining identity change. Subsequently, I develop four representational typologies of the Other in IR, which not only characterize and influence the way the Other is imagined but also have a constitutive capacity, producing new representations of the Other.

  • Globalizing the security audiences: transnational effects of national processes of securitization. (2017)

Securitization theory has developed significantly in the last almost three decades, but the theory is still, to a large extent, state-centric and focused on processes of securitization that happen at the national or sub-national level. Buzan and Wæver have engaged in an interesting development of the theory by proposed the concept of macrosecuritization, describing securitization processes that take place at a systemic level. However, another little-explored area is related to the transnational effects of national securitization moves. I argue that due to the increased globalization of Western mass-media and the easier access to foreign news sources has allowed for the development of epiphenomenal processes of securitization that have a transnational characteristic. Securitizing narratives promoted in a particular country, in order to convince that national audience about the threat posed by a particular agent or phenomenon, have the tendency to become transnational due to the adoption by foreign mass media agencies of the securitizing narratives that were not intended for foreign audiences.

  • The securitization of corruption in Romania: does security trump justice? (2016)

In this piece, I am investigating how corruption has become to be considered a threat to the national security of the Romanian state after 2004. I map the securitization process that facilitated the securitization of corruption in Romania, showing the mechanisms that allowed for a successful securitization and its long-lasting effects, including by creating a bonding between the security agencies and the judiciary.

  • Securitizing Migration in Media Outlets: British and Romanian Newspapers Covering the 2015 Migration Crisis. (2016, BA Thesis)

In my 2016 B.A. Thesis, I have analyzed the discursive processes through which media outlets are framing migrants and migration as threats to the security of specific referent objects (national security – terrorism; national economy – welfare and job loss; national identity – the Muslim threat) in Romania and the United Kingdom.

Public Policy and Legislative Affairs

I provide assistance to private and public actors in developing ideas, drafting policy proposals, offering critical information regarding the Romanian informal and formal legislative process. I help interested actors to effectively communicate their messages, promote their policy proposals, and successfully traverse the legislative process in an effective and efficient fashion.

Public Policy Advocacy

The Romanian policy landscape is governed by a distinctive set of processes and institutional traditions, and becoming well versed requires significant time and resources. I act as a ‘guide’ to those interested to engage with the Romanian policy-making institutions, helping to engage with policymakers, administrative officials, and devise the optimal strategy for promoting a particular policy proposal.

I prefer a multi-partisan approach, focusing on building a wide support base for a policy proposal, but each case requires and benefits of a custom-made strategy that we consider to be the best when considering the political context, timeline, and allocated resources. I believe that the best strategy is one that integrates engaging decision-makers, stakeholders, and other actors that can set the policy agenda. I integrate traditional and more modern approaches, including strategic communication through social media, mass media, and targeted communication in order to shape a unitary narrative in the public space on the topic of interest.

  • Direct advocacy;
  • Multi-actor engagement;
  • Strategic policy communication;
  • Content development;

Policy Analysis and Political Assessment 

I help with developing comprehensive public policy analysis, offer optimal recommendations, reviewing policy ideas, and building a strategic and holistic view of a particular policy. Public policy analysis requires a broad study of the existing legal framework, political context, the best ways of achieving the expected results, and implementing the policy objectives in a timely and efficient manner.

The issues I study include:

  • The effectiveness of the Romanian foreign and defense policies in regional and global contexts;
  • The effects of strategic narratives and strategic communication on foreign policy outcomes;
  • Anti-corruption policy and the effects of ex-post and ex-ante anti-corruption policies;
  • Institutional and administrative division and appropriate reforms;
  • Unintended consequences of local and national policies.

I can help with:

  • Analysis of existing policy;
  • Analysis of proposed legislation;
  • Outcomes assessment for policy proposals;
  • Policy and political forecasting;
  • Developing policy frameworks;
  • Literature reviews;
  • Undertaking probing investigations with policymakers and stakeholders for the best policy approach;
  • Political Risk Assessment (country reports addressing political issues);

Legislative drafting

Drafting legislation to be submitted to the Romanian Parliament requires knowing the norms of legislative drafting, which are specific to the Romanian policy landscape. Drafting a policy commands the use of a particular jargon, style, and form of writing. Sometimes, not even experienced lawyers are not able to draft good legislation, especially if they have limited experience with legislative affairs.

With a few years of experience, I am able to draft complex legislation that is in line with the Parliamentary drafting rules very quickly, as long as there is a clear idea of the purpose of the intended policy.

A few pieces of legislation part of my portfolio:

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