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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

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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Publications

Security & defence / COMMENTARY
The EU’s geopolitical awakening in the Arctic
By Ionela Ciolan - 11/04/2022
Security & defence / EPC ROUND-UP
Will the Strategic Compass be a game-changer for EU security and defence?
By Amanda Paul , Jamie Shea , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ionela Ciolan , Georg Riekeles , Andrea G. Rodríguez - 05/04/2022
Ukraine / COMMENTARY
Putin’s war on Ukrainian women
By Ionela Ciolan - 08/03/2022
Foreign policy / OUTLOOK PAPER
Europe in the world in 2022: The transatlantic comeback?
By Amanda Paul , Ivano di Carlo , Guillaume Van der Loo , Réka Koleszár , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Iana Maisuradze , Ionela Ciolan , Maxime Sierro - 21/01/2022
Eastern Partnership / COMMENTARY
Lessons from the Eastern Partnership: Looking back to move forward
By Amanda Paul , Ionela Ciolan - 14/12/2021


Contributions

Security & defence / INTERVIEW
Ionela Ciolan was interviewed on Black Sea security by the largest military newspaper in the US "Defense News". 
Ionela Ciolan was interviewed on Black Sea security by the largest military newspaper in the US "Defense News". 
You can read her remarks here.

Interview with "Defense News"
27 October 2021 - ,
Defense News



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