Nicu Popescu has been a senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris 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 and internal 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 (20072009, 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). He is coeditor of a forthcoming book on Democratization in EU Foreign Policy New Member States as Drivers of Democracy Promotion (Routledge). He has published dozens of policy papers and academic article, as well as numerous op-eds including in the The Financial Times, International New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and OpenDemocracy.