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    The European Significance of the War in Ukraine

    The European Significance of the War in Ukraine

    No. 35, May.-Jun. 2022

    The all-out war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022, after months of Sitzkrieg (a play on words between blitzkrieg – lightning war – and sitting around) on its North-Eastern borders, is obviously of primordial concern for... More



    Some Aspects on Complexity Economics in the Actual Context

    Some Aspects on Complexity Economics in the Actual ContextEconomy Near Us (LIII)

    No. 35, May.-Jun. 2022

    In Stephen Hawking’s terms, the 21st century will be regarded as “the century of complexity”, implying the ability to unify accepted definitions of complexity from mixed fields, under the auspices of an exhaustive theory which is built under the... More



    Why Columbus Was Not Chinese

    Why Columbus Was Not ChineseAn argument for decentralised rule

    No. 35, May.-Jun. 2022

    Christopher Columbus, the world’s most famous explorer, represents a unique case study in world history and innovation. He is regarded as being a (very) controversial figure, his story being filled with mass murders and enslavement... More



    The US Supreme Court – Kritarchy and Compartmentalizing Manias

    The US Supreme Court – Kritarchy and Compartmentalizing Manias

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    A recent leak from the Supreme Court of the United States (a very serious breach of trust, probably with political aims) is whipping up a severe political disturbance, right before the mid-term elections, which the Party in the White House traditionally... More



    Complicity and Complacency: American Liberalism’s Radical Turn

    Complicity and Complacency: American Liberalism’s Radical Turn

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    What will it take to bring politics back down to earth? We must stop lifting it to heaven! In this age of political religions, all ideologies are best seen as Christian heresies. Since man is made in the image of God, all imitate, covet, even worship this.... More



    The Triad Nature - Nurture - Culture and the Social Justice in the Context of the Current Crises

    The Triad Nature - Nurture - Culture and the Social Justice in the Context of the Current CrisesEconomy Near Us (LII)

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    Discussions about the trinomial nature - nurture - culture back in topically in situations where our living conditions are threatened. Whenever our minimal comfort is threatened, we turn to values such as personal identity, self-respect, ethics, morality... More



    Romania, Second Lowest Hourly Labour Cost in EU

    Romania, Second Lowest Hourly Labour Cost in EU

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    Romania had the second lowest hourly labour cost in the EU in 2021, according to data published by Eurostat. The recorded value (€8.5) was higher than in Bulgaria (€7.0), but under the levels for Latvia (€ 11.1), Croatia (€ 11.2), Lithuania... More



    The War Economy: of bits and bobs

    The War Economy: Of Bits and BobsWith your shield or on it?!

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    There are some key assertions which are axiomatic for the pureblood moralists and demonstrable for utilitarians, such as – “war means defeat even for the victors”, “war is the health of the state”, “peace between nations is inconceivable without... More



    The Boomerang Effect of the Russia - Ukraine Conflict on the Wheat Supply Chain

    The Boomerang Effect of the Russia - Ukraine Conflict on the Wheat Supply Chain

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    One of the most significant shockwaves to be felt outside of Ukraine since the Russian invasion is not in Europe, but in Africa. With an export of $14.75 billion, Russia stood in 8th position of total export to Africa in 2021. Even though the import... More



    The New Liliput’s Warlord

    The New Liliput’s WarlordThe Arts of Diplomacy [III]

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    The Munich Conference of 1938 marked a turning point in World War II. Leading European politicians in Britain and France then succumbed to the demands of the Nazi regime in Germany, while offering them resources to engage in a possible war. After... More



    Semiconductors – the “Future Currency” for Development

    Semiconductors – the “Future Currency” for Development

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    “Semiconductors became as scarce as gold”. As weird this phrase it may look at first glance, it is actually a reality. And it may be a very grim reality if the demand rate will continue to be way higher than supply. These small electronic components are vital... More



    The “Czar” and the Sankt…ions

    The “Czar” and the Sankt…ionsCan wars be won just by a stroke of the pen?

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    Dear Friends, On February, 24, 2022, Ukraine and its people faced an act of the aggression by the Russian Federation. For mostly a month Ukraine is suffering from brutal, open and large-scale aggression and terror by the Russian Federation in our... More



    Address of the Scientific Community of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv to the Partners and Friends in the World Scientific Community

    Address of the Scientific Community of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv to the Partners and Friends in the World Scientific Community

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    Dear Friends, On February, 24, 2022, Ukraine and its people faced an act of the aggression by the Russian Federation. For mostly a month Ukraine is suffering from brutal, open and large-scale aggression and terror by the Russian Federation in our... More



    The Increase in Energy Prices Puts Romania in the Middle of EU Member States

    The Increase in Energy Prices Puts Romania in the Middle of EU Member States

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    Romania ranked in the 13-14th place among EU Member States regarding the increase of prices for energy in January 2022, compared to the same month of the previous year. With a level of 24.1%, our country is below the European average of 27%... More



    American Foreign Policy toward Eastern Europe

    American Foreign Policy toward Eastern Europe

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    In the election for the American President in 2024, foreign policy and national security in America will become a political football in the wake of President Biden’s bungling of American policy toward Russia. Much of this is self-inflicted due to the Democrat... More



    We Still Have Paris!

    We Still Have Paris!The Arts of Diplomacy [II]

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    The Germans occupied Paris on June 14th, 1940 without a fight. The event came one month after the Germans entered France and just a few months after the war started. Everyone expected France to intervene against Hitler’s attack on Poland on... More



    The Highest Proportion of Young People Who Were Severely Materially and Socially Deprived, Recorded in Romania

    The Highest Proportion of Young People Who Were Severely Materially and Socially Deprived, Recorded in Romania

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    Among the EU Member States in 2020, the highest proportion of young people who were severely materially and socially deprived in 2020 was recorded in Romania (24%), followed by Bulgaria (21%) and Greece (16%). On the other hand, the... More



    A Possible Relationship Between the Inclusive Nature of the Modern Labour Market and Technological Progress

    A Possible Relationship Between the Inclusive Nature of the Modern Labour Market and Technological ProgressEconomy Near Us (LI)

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    The article aims to bring to the attention or debate a possible relationship between the inclusive nature of the modern labour market and technological progress. From this relationship, labour market policy options arise that would favour inclusion... More



    The Coronavirus Epidemic in Romania: A Government Failure All-Along (II)

    The Coronavirus Epidemic in Romania: A Government Failure All-Along (II)

    No. 34, Mar.-Apr. 2022

    When vaccination began simultaneously in all 27 EU states, in late December 2020, Romania reported for a short while some of the highest figures in the bloc, but it quickly became the second least vaccinated member country. It is now customary to... More



    A Far-Reaching Book

    A Far-Reaching BookThe Sustainable Development Theory: A Critical Approach: Vol. 1. The Discourse of the Founders; Vol. 2. When Certainties Become Doubts, Palgrave, London, 2020; 2021. Authors: Ion Pohoață, Delia Elena Diaconașu, Vladimir Crupenschi

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Erudition and research stand to gain from the publishing of this outstanding two-volume study. Sailing against the winds, three scholars from Iași set out to write not just a mere scientific paper – to keep up with the times – but a book. And it turned... More



    The Coronavirus Epidemic in Romania: A Government Failure All-Along (I)

    The Coronavirus Epidemic in Romania: A Government Failure All-Along (I)

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    More than two years after the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the real magnitude of the disaster it has wrought in Romania is plain for everyone to see. Although it entered into lockdown as one of the least affected countries, at least according to... More



    Canvassing the Freedom of a Nation

    Canvassing the Freedom of a NationThe Arts of Diplomacy [I]

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Among the four paintings created by John Trumbull that adorn the walls of the Capitol Rotunda to commemorate the greatest events of the American Revolution, one in particular makes reference to a salient part of the history of the United... More



    Did the Pandemic Reverse Pasokification?

    Did the Pandemic Reverse Pasokification?Are the left-wing parties in Europe ready for a comeback?

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Most of us probably do not remember the Greek political former hegemon PASOK. Instead, some of us may be inclined to skip over the letter “S” and think of another kind of Greek hegemon, the football team PAOK. However, PASOK (Panhellenic... More



    Some Aspects of Today’s Economic Growth

    Some Aspects of Today’s Economic GrowthEconomy Near Us (L)

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    We include in the conceptual framework of economic growth, in a broader sense, the individual, the society, the institutional performance, the investment, geopolitical situation, but also issues of natural resource management and the current... More



    Pieces of a Puzzling 2050

    Pieces of a Puzzling 2050As seen from the present of 2022

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Imagining the future is frequently a delightful pastime, as evidenced by the numerous science-fiction works that have been published over the last century. The various authors pondered how humanity and the role of human beings (both... More



    The Russia-Ukraine Crisis: A Deceptive Geopolitical Jigsaw

    The Russia-Ukraine Crisis: A Deceptive Geopolitical Jigsaw

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Seven years after the Crimean annexation and the events in Eastern Ukraine, there has been talk again of a possible Russian attack on the Ukrainian state, scheduled for early 2022. One should remember that these speculations were not... More



    The Rise of the Administrative State

    The Rise of the Administrative State

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Before the Great Depression, President Calvin Coolidge restated an earlier vision of America which had been memorialized at Independence Day celebrations for 150 years. In his sesquicentennial address entitled “The Inspiration of the... More



    Pirouettes and Profits: Pointe Shoes Updated

    Pirouettes and Profits: Pointe Shoes UpdatedMIND(s that filled) THE GAP(s) [XVII]

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Have you ever wondered how ballerinas make executing such delicate movements look so effortless? From the 19th century, when Maria Taglioni was the first ballerina to ever perform a full-length ballet on pointes, this specific footwear was never... More



    Of Sand and Time – Life, Dignity and Age in a World of the Self

    Of Sand and Time – Life, Dignity and Age in a World of the Self

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    For the first 18 years of life, people are dependent on others. Their productive years are perhaps from 18 to 60, or more, if they are lucky. Then, they become reliant on others again. After having gotten used to independence, they revert to a childlike... More



    On Normative Violence

    On Normative ViolenceEconomy Near Us (XLIX)

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    The social contract (no matter its type: contractarian – John Rawls, of capability – Martha Nussbaum, or of resilience – Robert Nozick) was born precisely to eliminate or avoid the private violence or, at least, to guarantee protection against it, with the state as... More



    The Year 2050, the Imaginary and the Unimaginable

    The Year 2050, the Imaginary and the UnimaginableWe do not know what tomorrow will bring, but we are getting ready for the day after

    No. 33, Jan.-Feb. 2022

    Both “imaginariums” and “histories”, while differing on essential ingredients, visions and vestiges respectively, share an essential imperfection – incomplete information and/or bounded rationality. We compose mosaics (using also our... More



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    “Pierre Werner Centenary” medal “Pierre Werner Centenary” medal

    The National Institute for Economic Research “Costin C. Kirițescu” of the Romanian Academy bestowed the “Pierre Werner Centenary” medal to the Rector of the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Professor Nicolae Istudor, Ph.D., in recognition of his contributions to higher education and academic research and of his sustained efforts to promote the national culture and its values in the Wernerian sense of harmony and compatibility with the wider European civilization and its aspirations.

    The ceremony was occasioned by the 4th edition of the International Conference ESPERA 2016 on “Economic Scientific Research – Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Approaches”, which took place in Bucharest on December 15-16, 2016. Professor Nicolae Istudor’s keynote speech may be viewed here.

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    Geopolitics and the New Silk Road Geopolitics and the New Silk Road

    Professor Silviu Neguț, Ph.D., delivered a speech on the geopolitics of the New Silk Road and its Eurasian philosophical backdrop during a conference organized by the Black Sea University Foundation on the subject of “Oil and the New Silk Road”. The event took place on December 13, 2016, and brought together a host of noted Romanian specialists from academia, government and private sector. Among them were Vasile Iuga, Senior advisor at PwC Romania, Radu Dudău, the Energy Policy Group, and Liviu Mureșan, the EURISC Foundation. The discussions were moderated by Professor Dan Dungaciu, Ph.D., President of the Black Sea University Foundation and head of the Institute for World Economy, the Romanian Academy (details here).

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    NATO foreign ministers’ meeting NATO foreign ministers’ meeting

    Alexandru Georgescu was a participant, alongside Răzvan Munteanu, Iulian Popescu and Andrei Vlăsceanu, on the ZIUA Z (D Day) TV Show hosted by Col. (ret.) dr. Ion Petrescu on the subject of the latest meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers. The TV Show aired live on December 8, 2016, on 6TV and can be viewed online here.

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    Romania’s EU Council Presidency Romania’s EU Council Presidency

    On November 28, 2016, dr. Octavian-Dragomir Jora declared for Agerpres: “Looking forward to Romania’s Presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2019, our country has to employ wisdom and intelligence in mating two essential strains of modern governance by utilizing an appropriate political decision-making structure and an open and competent popular consultation. The first is going to be the often invoked ‘country project’. It does not have to represent a simple piece of ‘literature’, filled with the intellectual infatuation of the contributors and the documents’ custodians, but a two-directional educational exercise (between the decision-making and reflecting elites, on the one hand, and the public, on the other hand) and a sincere discovery of ‘national interest’. In my opinion, this is the best known ‘unknown’ of the domestic public discourse. It is a fixture in the national psyche post-accession, while remaining tantalizingly out of reach of both the public and the authorities and their advisors. The second one is this administrative exercise, which demands institutional maturity: the Presidency of EU Council. Addressed responsibly and rigorously, the course of managing the EU agenda represents a unique moment of opportunity and challenge which can have the benefit of improving Romania’s image as an exotic and erratic presence in the European picture”. (www.agerpres.ro)

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    European challenges for Romania European challenges for Romania

    Europarliamentarian Laurențiu Rebega and the Foundation for the Europe of Nations and Freedom organized on the 26th of November, in Târgu Mureș, the Conference “The European Union and Economic Challenges for Romania”. The event took place in proximity to the impending anniversary of Romania’s accession to the EU, nearly ten years ago. The presentations discussed the pros and cons of accession and highlighted the risks, vulnerabilities and threats that our country will have to manage. Professor Dumitru Miron, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Octavian-Dragomir Jora, Ph.D., from the Faculty of International Business and Economics, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Professor Nicolae Băciuț, writer and publicist, and Cora Maria Muntean, President of the National Association of Romanian Merchants (ANCR), were among the speakers (details here).

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    CEECs and the geopolitical winter CEECs and the geopolitical winter

    Alexandru Georgescu was a participant, alongside Răzvan Munteanu and Iulian Popescu, on the Valori Euroatlantice (Euroatlantic Values) TV Show hosted by Col. (ret.) dr. Ion Petrescu on the subject of the Geopolitical Winter in Eastern Europe. The TV Show aired on November 20, 2016, on 6TV and can be viewed online here. Key quotes and comments can be found here.

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    Science and the metrics of visibility Science and the metrics of visibility

    Octavian-Dragomir Jora delivered a speech at Târgul de Carte Gaudeamus (the Gaudeamus Book Fair), on November 16, 2016, during the launch of an important book, “A concepe, a redacta și a publica un articol științific. O abordare în contextul cercetării economice” (“Conceiving, Writing and Publishing a Scientific Article. An Approach in the Context of Economic Research”), written by Vasile Dinu, Gheorghe Săvoiu and Dan-Cristian Dabija. Octavian-Dragomir Jora argues that the neglect of scientific dissemination in national journals is a result of a structure of perverse incentives for researchers, for whom a series of “minimalistic” criteria have been set with an exclusively external orientation and without an attempt to establish a reasonable set of coefficients for truthful comparison between internal and external publications. This leads to distortions of the Romanian landscape for reviewing, validating and disseminating scientific ideas, hindering their gradual entry into the worldwide scientific marketplace and maintaining an unproductive separation between national and global spaces (details here).

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    Riga 2016, China-CEECs meetings Riga 2016, China-CEECs meetings

    As a member of the EURISC Foundation, Alexandru Georgescu was the only Romanian attending the International Think Tank Forum of China and Central and Eastern European Countries held in Riga, Latvia, on November 4, 2016, in parallel with a series of other events related to 16+1 cooperation, including the Summit of the Heads of Government of 16+1, the launch of the Logistics and Transport Center for 16+1 in Riga, a business forum and a conference of sinologists. A short article in Romanian describing the event can be accessed here. A publication titled “Afterthoughts of the Riga 2016 China and Central and Eastern European Countries Think Tank Forum” can be accessed here, featuring also a contribution from Alexandru Georgescu.

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    16+1 and Belt and Road initiatives 16+1 and Belt and Road initiatives

    As a member of the EURISC Foundation, Alexandru Georgescu accompanied EURISC Foundation President dr. Liviu Mureșan to the International Conference on Synergies between 16+1 and the Belt and Road Initiative, organized by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) on September 25-26, 2016, in Shanghai. A short article in Romanian describing the event can be accessed here.

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    EU, liberal or illiberal momentum EU, liberal or illiberal momentum

    The Center for Institutional Analysis and Development – Eleutheria (CADI), The Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FN), The Institute for Economic Studies – Europe (IES – Europe) and The Society for Individual Freedom (SoLib) organized The September School of Economics, Politics and Philosophy, September 20-25, 2016, at the Hotel Apollo Hermannstadt in Sibiu, Romania. This year’s theme was “Europe at the Crossroads: Illiberal Challenges, Liberal Alternatives”. On this occasion, Octavian-Dragomir Jora delivered a speech entitled “Brave New Europe: Technology, Democracy, Technocracy, Demagoguery” (details here).

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