Ana-Maria ANGHELESCU is an associated assistant professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration Bucharest, Romania, as well as an expert and project coordinator within the European Studies Unit of the European Institute of Romania. Ana-Maria successfully defended her PhD thesis titled Romania’s relations with the states of Central Asia in European context: The challenges and the perspectives of niche diplomacy, focused on evaluating the material and institutional capacity of Romania to position itself as a middle power on the European continent. She conducted field research on local perceptions of the European Union in Central Asia, with the support of an Erasmus+ mobility at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Ana-Maria’s research interests focus on EU foreign policy, EU-NATO relations, Romanian foreign policy, minority rights and Central Asian studies.


Published papers, peer-reviewed:

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, forthcoming (accepted with minor revisions), “Is Romania a middle power? A neoclassical realist interpretation of post-Communist Romania’s foreign policy”, in Studia Politica: Romanian Political Science Review;

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, in peer-review at the publishing house, “The European Union – Central Asia Partnership: More Economy, Less Democracy” in Central Asia-Europe Relations: Linking Asia with Europe in times of expansions, editors Anja Mihr, Kashif Hasan Khan, Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, April 2020, ”Drawing Lessons of Past Cooperation between EU and Central Asia for the Implementation of 2019 Strategy”, OSCE Academy Policy Brief, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, available at: http://www.osceacademy.net/upload/file/PB_58.pdf;

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, November 2019, Review of Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw, ”Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia”, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017, 312 pp in Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, vol. 5, no. 3;

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, 2018, ”European Union and Central Asia–past directions and future perspectives”, in CES Working Papers, vol. 10, no. 3, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi, Romania;

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, 2017, ”Europeanisation in Bilateral Relations: The Cases of Minority Rights Policies in Eastern Europe in the Context of Enlargement Policy”, in Eurolimes, vol. 22, Oradea University Press;

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, 2015, “Conflictul din Transnistria: între soluții și inconsecvențe” [“Transnistrian conflict: between solutions and inconsistences”], in Perspective Politice [Political Perspectives], vol. 8, no. 1;

  • Anghelescu, Ana-Maria, 2014, „Europenizarea politicii de concurență în România” [“Europeanisation of the Competition Policy in Romania”], in Perspective Politice [Political Perspectives], vol. 7, no. 2.


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