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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.


  • Russian futures: horizon 2025

    This Report is the outcome of an EUISS Task Force that convened throughout the autumn and winter of 2015 to develop scenarios for Russia’s future. The publication is divided into two parts: one dedicated to the domestic arena – focusing on the economic, military and political dimensions, and the other dealing with future Russian relations with the US, the Middle East, China, the post-Soviet space and the EU.

  • The EU neighbours 1995-2015: shades of grey

    This Chaillot Paper charts the changes that have taken place in the countries and regions adjacent to the EU over the past two decades, and analyses how the upheavals of recent years have altered the EU’s relationship with and approach to its eastern and southern neighbours.

  • Hybrid tactics: Russia and the West

    This Alert shows how disquiet in the West about Russia's use of hybrid tactics has elevated concern about the phenomenon to the strategic level, in particular due to fears that hybrid operations may undermine the credibility of deterrence.