About Alexandra Gheciu

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and Associate Director, CIPS

Alexandra Gheciu

25 Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain, a Changing Face of Europe

On December 1, Herman Van Rompuy stepped down as European Council President, the post that oversees meetings of the 28 EU leaders. In the past, that role was held on a rotating basis, but it became permanent under the Lisbon Treaty of 2007. Mr. Van Rompuy was the first person to hold the job, and most analysts agree that he has set the bar high. He will be replaced b… Read More

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The Public is Back — But Not as We Knew It

In sharp contrast to neo-liberal ‘hands off’ attitudes that shaped its past policies, the Harper government is considering a much greater public role in the economy, strategically targeting certain key sectors. Meanwhile, in response to growing concerns about the implications of cyber attacks, there has been a move to increase the requirement for priv… Read More

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Time to Stand Up for Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine

These days, it is hard to imagine that a decision concerning the European Union can spark a riot.  To the majority of EU citizens, the idea of taking to the barricades to support Brussels would seem absurd. The union, seriously weakened by the recent economic crisis, battling austerity and unemployment and plagued by self-doubt, appears to be losing the fai… Read More

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Does Anyone Remember Iraq?

On October 5, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, and another detonated his explosives inside a cafe north of the capital—the deadliest of several attacks across Iraq that day, killing at least 48 people. To many Iraqis, such incidents do not come as a surprise. With the international community’s current focus on the… Read More

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Syria: The Tragedy Continues

It is unfortunate—though not surprising—that a meeting in Istanbul this weekend revealed persisting divisions among governments who oppose the regime of President Assad. The U.S., European and Arab states that constitute the group called the Friends of Syria do agree that with more than 70,000 killed and millions of people displaced, the Syrian crisis… Read More

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The “Outstanding Leader” Vows Strong Action: Back to the Future in North Korea

Just as the international community was beginning to enjoy a new sense of optimism about North Korea following the ascension to power of Kim Jong-un, last week we were unceremoniously brought back to an old script. Pyongyang launches a long-range rocket; the United Nations condemns it and imposes further sanctions on the recluse country; and North Korea t… Read More

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An Intervention Ahead in Mali?

These days, when Western politicians or analysts discuss the possibility and likely consequences of an international intervention, they tend to refer to Syria. This is understandable, given the gravity and complexity of the crisis unfolding there.  But the focus on Syria has led us to overlook the growing international support for intervention in anot… Read More

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Will the ‘Future of Europe’ Group Save the EU?

“The European Union has reached a decisive juncture. The ongoing sovereign debt crisis and the ever accelerating process of globalization pose an unprecedented dual challenge for Europe. We will have to master it if we want our continent to enjoy a bright future and effectively promote our interests and values in a more polycentric world.” T… Read More

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Towards an International Agreement on Syria?

Following a long conversation between Presidents Obama and Putin at the recent G20 Summit in Mexico, U.S. officials claimed that progress had been made in identifying areas where U.S. and Russian interests coincide. “We agreed that we need to see a cessation of violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war,” President Obama stat… Read More

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