About Alexandra Gheciu

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

Alexandra Gheciu

In Search of Enhanced Defence Cooperation in Europe

On April 9, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland agreed on closer defense ties and increased solidarity with the Baltic states, in a move designed to enhance regional security through deterrence. In a joint declaration, the defense ministers of four Nordic states and the foreign minister of Iceland insisted that, given Russia’s growing asser… Read More

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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… 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 fa… 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 o… 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 cr… 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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