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Ionela Ciolan
Visiting Research Fellow
Ionela Maria Ciolan is a Research Fellow in the Europe in the World Programme. She works mainly on NATO policies, NATO-EU relations, as well as EU Security and Defence Policy.

Before joining EPC, Ionela worked as a Foreign Policy and Security Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Bucharest), where she focused on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, EU-Russia relations, transatlantic relations and NATO issues. Ionela previously gained experience as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California-Berkeley, and through her work at CEPA think tank (Washington D.C.), European Parliament (Brussels) and the Centre for EU-Russia Studies, University of Tartu (Estonia).

Ionela is a grantee of the OSCE and U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs Scholarship for Peace and Security (2019), a New Security Leader of the Warsaw Security Forum (2018), and a Professional Fellow of the U.S. Department of State (2015).

Apart from her policy and academic work, for 9 years, she was the initiator and coordinator of the human rights activists’ movement of Amnesty International in Romania.

Ionela Maria Ciolan holds a BA in International Relations and European Studies from “Babeș-Bolyai” University (Romania), a MA in International Relations and European Integration from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania), with a scholarship at the University of Bologna (Italy). She is currently finishing a PhD programme focused on great power competition and multilateralism in the Eastern Partnership (with case studies on Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova).

PROGRAMME

Europe in the World

PROJECTs

Areas of expertise

NATO, NATO-EU relations, EU Security and Defence Policy, EU foreign policy, European Neighbourhood Policy, multilateralism, great power competition, Black Sea region

Current positions

Education

B.A. in International Relations and European Studies from “Babeș-Bolyai” University (Romania)
M.A. in International Relations and European Integration from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Romania)

Languages

Romanian, English, Spanish, French (basic), German (basic)

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