Cornering Trump on Russia

26 Feb , 2017 Op-Ed

The scandals and allegations regarding the presumed covert relationship between Donald J. Trump and the Kremlin have become almost a normal part of the daily news cycle and with the resignation of Trump’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, after he lied to vice-president Pence about the content of his discussions with the Russian ambassador to […]

Putin: mission accomplished in Syria?

16 Mar , 2016 Op-Ed

Yesterday, the President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin, declared ‘mission accomplished’ in Syria and ordered the withdrawal of the Russian troops and airplanes that bombed the Syrian opposition and the jihadist factions that are fighting against the al-Assad regime for the control of the Syrian territory. This happens approximately six months after the beginning of the […]

Living in the Romanian Deaf Community

13 Mar , 2016 Op-Ed

I am a CODA. As a ‘child of deaf adults,’ I have grown up with a foot in the mainstream hearing culture of Bucharest and another in the Deaf sub-culture. A status that offers me a unique insight and access to the affairs and social developments that take place in the Romanian Deaf community, especially the one […]

#CorruptionKills and the Romanian Neoliberal discourse

11 Mar , 2016 Op-Ed

The #CorruptionKills slogan is maybe one of the most remembered mottos that endured after the „Colective”-related protests of last winter in Romania. A significant part of the people that occupied the University Square in Bucharest last winter have acquiesced to the main assumption of the neoliberal discourse, that the tragedy in the Colective Club happened because […]

The Brexit and Multi-Level Governance in the EU

6 Mar , 2016 Op-Ed

As we already know, the United Kingdom and the other 27 member states of the European Union agreed to an accord that will change some of the present interpretations of the EU treaties concerning aspects like the free movement of EU citizens in other EU member states, the ordinary legislative procedure, and competitivity regulations, that […]

Resurse pentru cercetare în științele sociale

20 Feb , 2016 Resources

Am criticat mereu sistemul terțiar de educație din România pentru lipsa stimulentelor necesare stabilirii unui mediu academic orientat spre cercetare, nu numai pentru studenții de licență și de master, de la care nu se așteaptă să realizeze prea multă cercetare, dar și pentru doctoranzi și cercetători, de la care se așteaptă să realizeze foartă multă cercetare. Resursele […]

A student’s guide for research in the social sciences

20 Feb , 2016 Resources

The Romanian tertiary educational system lacks incentives for quality research and has continuously failed to provide the resources needed for a healthy research-oriented academic environment, not only for BA and MA/MSc students – who are not expected to do much research, anyway – but also for Ph.D. students and full-time scholars which are expected to […]

The Self and the Other: the US Foreign Policy and the “Rogue States”

13 Feb , 2016 Op-Ed

The International Relations and the International “Community” are a social construction resulted from the interaction of multiple actors. This is one of the main thesis of the IR Constructivist theory. Another main assumption of many constructivist scholars is that the international identity of states, like the individual identity, is constructed and framed in relation to the […]

Collective vs. self defence: a Romanian illusion of security

5 Feb , 2016 Op-Ed

One of the main arguments in any debate regarding the Defence budget is related to collective defense and the legal obligation of every NATO country to assist and intervene in defense of Romania, in the case of a third-party attack against our country. This argument has become so common-sensical in the Romanian public discourse, FP Romania […]

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