Recenzie: Documentele reeducării, editor Mircea Stănescu, editura Vicovia, Bacău, 2013-2018

Documentele reeducării, editor Mircea Stănescu, editura Vicovia, Bacău, volumul I – 2013, volumul II – 2018

În domeniul istoriei detenției comuniste românești, în care subsumăm și înfiorătoarea „reeducare” de tip Pitești, Mircea Stănescu este, în opinia mea, cea mai autorizată voce și cel mai important specialist contemporan. Bazându-și studiile pe minuțioase și îndelungi cercetări în arhivele Securității, ale CNSAS sau ale Partidului Comunist Român, pe zeci și zeci de interviuri și discuții cu foști deținuți politici, dar și pe memoriile acestora, Mircea Stănescu a putut propune literaturii istorice contemporane o interpretare originală și convingătoare. Și, poate înainte de orice, a făcut (și face) cu mijloacele sale dreptate deținuților politici, cei cărora, în numele binelui social comun, statul român comunist, prin uneltele sale trecătoare, le-a provocat suferințe pe care noi nu ni le putem poate reprezenta în adevărata lor monstruozitate, chiar dacă citim și ascultăm despre ele.  Continue reading

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Warsaw Pact Intervention in the Third World: Aid and Influence in the Cold War

Warsaw Pact Intervention in the Third World: Aid and Influence in the Cold War, edited by Philip Muehlenbeck and Natalia Telepneva.

In April 2018, I.B. Tauris published Warsaw Pact Intervention in the Third World: Aid and Influence in the Cold War, edited by Philip Muehlenbeck and Natalia Telepneva.  Continue reading

CfP: Centennial Baltic Eunity 2018: 100 years since modern independence and unification in the Baltic Sea Region and East-Central Europe

The Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies organizes a conference entitled ‘Centennial Baltic Eunity 2018: 100 years since modern independence and unification in the Baltic Sea Region and East-Central Europe’, Valahia University of Targoviste, Romania, 15-16 November, 2018.

The conference’s website: http://balticnordic.eu/conference2018.htmContinue reading

Book review: Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: A Continent Transformed, by Christopher Deliso, Praeger, 2017, 296 pages.

Book review: Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: A Continent Transformed, by Christopher Deliso, Santa Barbara, Denver, Praeger Security International, 2017, 296 pages.  

In 2015 alone, the migration crisis brought over one million asylum seekers to Europe – some of them war refugees, others economic migrants and others agents of different terrorist entities, the Islamic State included. Probably even more disturbing than their sheer number is the fact that many of them entered Europe with false documents or without any kind of papers at all, which raises tremendous security risks for the future. And it also raises questions related to the economic, social, cultural and political capacity of the European Union (and of European states in general) to manage this flow of migrants, and to understand the consequences and global ramifications of their presence on the continent.

Although this was not the first time Europe faced a wave of asylum seekers, the 2015 migration crisis seemed to have affected the continent to an unprecedented degree, and the main question is: what made this refugee crisis so different? Tackling this question in his recent book – Migration, Terrorism and the Future of a Divided Europe: A Continent Transformed (Praeger Security International, 2017) – American analyst Christopher Deliso provide us with valuable and fresh insights into the dynamics and the long-term political, economic and security implications of the 2015-2016 European migration crisis. Continue reading

CALL for APPLICATIONS (COURSES): THE NETHERLANDS SCHOOL FOR INNOVATIVE EDUCATION

The Netherlands School for Innovative Education based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, organizes courses, workshops, and other events in Amsterdam, Moscow, Vienna and other cities, on a broad range of topics (business, personal development, project management, marketing and other areas of business, communicational skills, foreign languages, IT etc.).

Below is the list of the courses with an open call: Continue reading

Why is Romania last in accessing European funds? A (not so happy) personal experience

For the 2007-2013 (N+3 decommitment[1]) programming period, “Romania ranked last in the European Union in terms of accessing European funds”, with the regional Human Resources Development Program (POSDRU) having “the smallest degree of absorption” among the EU funded programs in the country.

In August 2012, the POSDRU program was blocked for Romania by the European Commission over fraud concerns with regard to the period between 2009 and 2011. In February 2013, the program was unlocked, only to be once more interrupted in 2016 for irregularities registered between 2014 and 2016. In early 2016, in a speech before the Senate, Aura Răducu  – at the time, Romania’s Minister for European Funds  – declared that   “these programs had great problems throughout their implementation between 2007 and 2015, both in elaborating guides, selecting projects, and implementing”.

This is the official picture, which is usually accompanied by cold financial analyses on Romania’s absorption ratio of EU funds over the years. But what about the personal stories behind it? Continue reading

Romania’s winter 2017 anti-government protests

Published on Balkanalysis.com.

In the beginning of 2017, Romania witnessed a series of anti-government protests. These were generally depicted as manifesting civic opposition to a corrupt government trying to end Romania’s fight against corruption.

A closer investigation, however, reveals that this thesis does not seem to stand and a new hypothesis is more likely; this would suggest that Romania’s recent protests actually represent a fierce struggle for power between the state secret services and Romania’s president, Klaus Johannis, on the one side, and the political coalition that won the last parliamentary elections in December 2016 (PSD-ALDE), on the other. The political and secret service-supported protests were also fueled by persons and entities close to various NGOs associated with Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros.

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