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Nicu Popescu

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Romanian (native); English, Russian, (fluent); French, (intermediate)

Areas of expertise:  

EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, crisis-management

Nicu Popescu has been a Senior Analyst at the EUISS since July 2013 and specialises on Russia and the eastern neighbourhood. He previously worked as advisor on foreign policy and EU affairs for the prime minister of Moldova (2010, 2012-2013) where he dealt with a wide spectrum of foreign policy issues. He also dealt with domestic reforms such as the visa liberalisation process and Moldova’s accession to the European Common Aviation Area. Prior to this, he worked as head of programme and senior research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations 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.

Nicu has published extensively on EU foreign policy, Russian domestic and foreign policies, the European Neighbourhood Policy/Eastern Partnership, and crisis management. In 2011, he published a book entitled EU Foreign Policy and the post-Soviet Conflicts: Stealth Intervention (Routledge). His other key publications include: A Power-Audit of EU-Russia relations, The Limits of Enlargement-Lite: European and Russian Power in the Troubled Neighbourhood and Dealing with a post-BRIC Russia. In addition, he has published numerous op-eds with numerous outlets including: The Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and OpenDemocracy.


  • Georgia: a pre-election snapshot

    With Georgians set to go to the polls on Saturday 8 October, this Brief examines the changing dynamics of the country’s domestic politics and foreign relations over the last few years. What should be the priority for whoever wins the next parliamentary elections?

  • Strategic communications – East and South

    Both Russia and ISIL/Daesh have engaged in aggressive messaging and deceptive media campaigns, albeit with distinct narratives, targets and audiences. This Report analyses the ‘what’ and the ‘how’: the respective narratives of each actor, their specificities, their few similarities and their numerous differences. The analysis also draws attention to strategic communications efforts undertaken by the EU.

  • EU-Russia interaction: dense but tense

    This Alert assesses the current state of EU-Russia relations. What attempts have been made by the Union to balance confrontation with engagement? Can the newly adopted process of ‘selective engagement’ yield results?