Tuesday, 07.12.2021 - Online

Zeitenwende. Time for a Reassessment of Romania's Foreign Policy?

Romania´s foreign policy consensus has proven successful over the past three decades: it has allowed the country to remain an island of relative domestic stability, a predictable partner, and a bulwark of the liberal world in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region.

The certainties on which this consensus has been built are no longer so secure, however, and Romania’s current foreign policy »climate of ideas« may be constraining the country's true potential in the face of current global transformations.

A newly published FES analysis “Zeitenwende. Time for a Reassessment of Romania’s Foreign Policy?” tackles key assumptions, ideas and predispositions guiding Romania’s foreign policy thinking. And, in so doing, tries to address several other important questions: What are today's geopolitical, strategic, economic, and diplomatic challenges Romania faces in the world? How does Romania’s "climate of ideas" shape its response to the international environment? How do current global and regional evolutions interfere with Romania's main geostrategic commitments, affecting its standing and security? And how can Romania's foreign policy performance and efficacy be enhanced while paying heed to these commitments?

To answer all these questions, the Bucharest Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is happy to invite to a debate on:

Time for a Reassessment of Romania’s Foreign Policy?

Bucharest, 7 December 2021, 17:00-18:30h EEST
Online format – ZOOM


  • Marius Ghincea, Ph.D. Researcher, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence; Author of the FES Analysis “Zeitenwende”
  • Andrei Țărnea, General Director, Department for Communication and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bucharest
  • Dr. Iulia Joja, Project Director and Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University.

Moderation: Cristian Chiscop, Program Coordinator, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania

The event will gather representatives from academia, think tanks, diplomatic community, and policy makers. The language of the meeting will be English.

To join our online event please register using this link:

Romania Office

Str. Emanoil Porumbaru 21
Apartment 3
RO-011421 Bucuresti Sector 1

0040 21 211 09 82
0040 21 210 71 91


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