Mihai Eminescu – Glosse – in English

Good poetry and a little bit of PR for an excellent Moldavian wine.

Enjoy both!

Moldova – Lost in Transition

Moldova, a piece of Romania, stolen by Soviet Union, under Stalin, and now the poorest country in Europe. The sad story of a great people.

Linking Past, Present and Future: The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania andMoldova (1989/1991)

The Society for Romanian Studies

Conference of the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) Bucharest, 17- 19 June 2015

The 2015 SRS conference will be hosted by the Faculty of Political Science, the University of Bucharest.

Anniversaries represent opportunities to reflect on past events, re-assess their impact on the present, and draw lessons for the future. Together with other 20th century historical events – including World War I, World War II, and the communist take-over – the overthrow of the communist regime represented a watershed event for Romania and Moldova, the most recent great transformation it is seen as having led to the end of the communist dictatorship, democratization of the political system, the introduction of market economy, cultural liberalization, the opening of borders, and a re-alignment with the West. At the same time, given Romania’s and Moldova’s persistent problems with political instability, pervasive corruption, slow economic growth, populism, and nationalism, the significance of the 1989/1991 regime change and its outcomes remains a source of contestation.

The aim of this conference is to take a fresh look at the transformative events of a quarter century ago. We wish to examine their significance for the two countries’ post-communist trajectories, past, present, and future both domestically and in the wider European and Eurasian contexts with the help of broad historical, political, literary, and cultural disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries.

Keynote Speakers: Dennis Deletant (Georgetown University) and Mihaela Miroiu (SNSPA).We welcome proposals for papers, panels and roundtables from junior and senior scholars working in a variety of disciplines: history, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science, philosophy, law and justice studies, literature and linguistics, economics, business, international affairs, religious, gender, film and media studies, art history, music, and education, among others. Continue reading “Linking Past, Present and Future: The 25th Anniversary of Regime Change in Romania andMoldova (1989/1991)”

RD Kaplan – Why Moldova Urgently Matters?

Eastern Romania and Moldova map

“NATO’s Article 5 offers little protection against Vladimir Putin’s Russia,” Iulian Fota, Romania’s presidential national security adviser, told me on a recent visit to Bucharest. “Article 5 protects Romania and other Eastern European countries against a military invasion. But it does not protect them against subversion,” that is, intelligence activities, the running of criminal networks, the buying-up of banks and other strategic assets, and indirect control of media organs to undermine public opinion. Moreover, Article 5 does not protect Eastern Europe against reliance on Russian energy. As Romanian President Traian Basescu told me, Romania is a somewhat energy-rich island surrounded by a Gazprom empire. The president ran his finger over a map showing how Romania’s neighbors such as Bulgaria and Hungary were almost completely dependent on Russian natural gas, while Romania — because of its own hydrocarbon reserves — still has a significant measure of independence. In the 21st century, the president explained, Gazprom is more dangerous than the Russian army. The national security adviser then added: “Putin is not an apparatchik; he is a former intelligence officer,” implying that Putin will act subtly. Putin’s Russia will not fight conventionally for territory in the former satellite states, but unconventionally for hearts and minds, Fota went on. “Putin knows that the flaw of the Soviet Union was that it did not have soft power.” Continue reading “RD Kaplan – Why Moldova Urgently Matters?”

Initiativa civica Romania-Polonia

10 ianuarie 2014

Comunicat de presă  

Peste 70 de reprezentanţi independenţi ai societăţii civile din România adresează un apel către societatea civilă din Polonia pentru întărirea cooperării dintre ele în sprijinul manifestărilor civice paşnice pro-europene şi pro-democratice din Ucraina din ultimele două luni. România şi Polonia au fost printre primele state care au recunoscut independenţa Ucrainei, la scurt timp după 24 august 1991, iar în contextul unor interese comune reflectate în parteneriatul strategic stabilit în octombrie 2009, acţiunea colectivă a celor două state este necesară pentru sprijinirea valorilor democratice împărtăşite în vecinătatea estică.

Printre semnatarii apelului se numără personalităţi marcante ale societăţii civile, ale mediilor culturale şi universitare, precum şi lideri ai unor organizaţii neguvernamentale proeminente din România.

Iniţiativa aparţine unui grup de universitari şi cercetători. Pentru mai multe informaţii despre acest subiect, va rugăm contactaţi pe Conf. univ. dr. Liliana Popescu, Preşedinta Fundaţiei Proiectul pentru Educaţie Civică şi Dezvoltare Academică. Email: liliana_civic@yahoo.com. Telefon  0722724226. Continue reading “Initiativa civica Romania-Polonia”

Conference: Evangelical Mission in Eastern European Orthodox Contexts

Evangelical Mission in the Eastern European Orthodox Contexts

The conference will be hosted by the College of Theology and Education from Kishinev, Moldova.

Miscare surpriza a Moldovei si Ucrainei

Mihai Ghimpu                    Victor Iuscenko

HotNews ne anunta ca Moldova si Ucraina indraznesc sa sfideze ursul societic. daca occidentalii nu indraznesc. macar cei din est. sa vedem cit tine.

Pentru a priva Moscova de influenta in Transnistria, Ucraina si Moldova recurg la o miscare surprinzatoare, scrie publicatia rusa Nezavisimaia gazeta. La 28 decembrie, presedintele ucrainean Viktor Iuscenko, impreuna cu seful interimar al Moldovei, Mihail Ghimpu, vor instala primul stalp de granita pe malul stang al Nistrului. De acolo va incepe demarcarea sectorului transnistrean al granitei moldo-ucrainene si care se va afla sub monitorizarea expertilor UE.
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