Team Category: Expert

Cătălin-Gabriel Done

Short Bio

Cătălin-Gabriel Done is a PhD Candidate at the University of Naples “Federico II” – Department of Political Science

In his academic career, Cătălin-Gabriel obtained a BA Degree in International Relations and European Integration and a Master’s Degree in Political Science at SNSPA, Bucharest. He has worked with several national and international bodies, Including IOM and Europe Elects. Currently, he is the vice-president and researcher at ESGA Romania, where he deals with the EU’s relationship with the Eastern Partnership, especially with the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, and the perspective of the transnational Orthodox Church’s thought, practice and geopolitics.

Selected Publications


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Done, Cătălin-Gabriel. 2020. ”Confronting Nationalism: Romania and the Authonomy of the Romanian-Hungarians”. Europe Now, 35.


Done, Cătălin-Gabriel. 2020. ”Sistemul de securitate arctic – Mizele luptei pentru putere”. In Gândirea Militară Românească (4), 226-237. București: Statul Major al Apărării.

  • – 2021


Ion, Oana-Andreea, and Cătălin-Gabriel Done. 2021. ”Romania’s capacity to plan and implement a Sustainable Development Strategy”. In Limits in the Europeanization of Environmental Policies in New EU Member States. Understanding the EU’s Capacity-Building În Environmental Policies, ed. Todor Arpad and Florența-Elena Helepciuc, 127–44. Springer.

  • – 2021


Done, Cătălin-Gabriel. 2021. ”Усиление потенциала государственного управления Европейского Союза в контексте управления кризисами”. In Materiale ale Conferinței Științifice Internaționale ,,Contribuția tinerilor cercetători la dezvoltarea administrației publice’’, 32-36. Chișinău: Print-Caro.

  • GMR/2021 gmr/4 proceedings 2021/pdf – 2021


Done, Cătălin-Gabriel. 2021. ”Consolidarea și dezvoltarea capacității de analiză a informațiilor și

transformarea paradigmei de securitate a României în contextul provocărilor asimetrice din regiunea Mării Negre”. In Gândirea Militară Românească (4), 34-53. București: Statul Major al Apărării.


Floris-Adrian Ionescu

Short Bio

Phd Canditate Floris-Adrian IONESCU is an expert of the Ministry of National Defense. His area of expertise covers crisis management and conflict prevention, counter-terrorism and weapons intelligence. Also, his professional experience has been opersationally tested within NATO and EU led operations troughout the globe. Subsequently, his research work focuses on NATO’s adaptability and transformation under the auspices of continuouses crises.


Selected Publications

  1. Floris IONESCU, Considerations on NATO’s response to crises, Proceedings of the 12th International Scientific Conference STRATEGII XXI – STRATEGIC GHANGES IN SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, Volumul 2, Editura Universităţii Naţionale de Apărare „Carol I”, București, 2016;
  2. Floris IONESCU, Arthur ELISEI, Chronical Cold War. Knowledge for the future of NATO, Proceedings of the 13th International Scientific Conference STRATEGII XXI – STRATEGIC GHANGES IN SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, Volumul 2, Editura Universităţii Naţionale de Apărare „Carol I”, București, 2017;
  3. Arthur ELISEI, Floris IONESCU, NATO operations planning process: adaptation for uncertainty, Proceedings of the 13th International Scientific Conference STRATEGII XXI – STRATEGIC GHANGES IN SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, Volumul 2, Editura Universităţii Naţionale de Apărare „Carol I”, București, 2017;
  4. Floris IONESCU, Considerații privind trihotomia conflictualității contemporane și prezentul transformațional al NATO, Sesiunea de comunicări științifice SNEE 2017 – Securitate națională, europeană și euroatlantică, Volumul 1, Editura Universităţii Naţionale de Apărare „Carol I”, București, 2017;
  5. Floris IONESCU, NATO’s resilience against crisis ubiquity, Proceedings of The 11th Conference on Knowledge Management: Projects, Systems and Technologies, Editura Universităţii Naţionale de Apărare „Carol I”, București, 2019

Vincent Henry

Short Bio

Expert in educational and university cooperation. He was deputy director of the Central and Eastern Europe Office of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie before joining the French agency for international technical expertise.

He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques and a PhD in political science from the Université Paris-Est.

He is a member of the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de l’Etude du Politique Hannah Arendt (LIPHA). His research focuses on political, cultural and social developments in Central and Eastern Europe, with a specialisation on Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria.

Delia Pop-Flanja

Short Bio

Delia Pop-Flanja is an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences at the Faculty of European Studies of Babeş-Bolyai University – Cluj-Napoca, Department of European Studies and Governance. She holds a PhD in Philology, on Cultural Typologies and Cross-Cultural Adaptation, an MA in Intercultural Business Communication and a BA in Philology (French and English). Her research interests include communication skills, intercultural communication, multilingualism, discourse analysis and crisis communication.

Selected Publications


  • Delia Pop – Flanja, Crisis Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Case Studies on France, the United Kingdom and Romania, Cluj-Napoca, Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2021, ISBN 978-606-37-1100-8.

  • Delia Pop – Flanja, Provocarea interculturală în epoca globalizării – revised edition, Cluj-Napoca, Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2021, ISBN 978‐606‐37‐1053‐

Articles and chapters in books

  • Delia Pop-Flanja, Laura-Maria Herța “Public Perception on the Western Balkan States’ Accession to the EU. Social-Constructivist Interpretations”, in Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai, Studia Europaea, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj University Press, 2021, DOI: 10.24193/subbeuropaea.2021.2.07, pp. 135-162.

  • Delia Pop-Flanja, Roxana-Maria Nistor Gâz, “How Soft Are Soft Skills? The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Supporting Graduates’ Employability”, in Europe: Critical Thinking in Critical Times, ed. Miriam Sette, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, 2021, ISBN: 978-1-9164586-9-7 (E-Book), 2021, pp. 139-154.
  • Delia Pop – Flanja, “Cross-Cultural Differences in Risk Perception and Risk Communication. A Case Study on the COVID-19 Outbreak”, in Redefining Community in Intercultural Context RCIC’20 – European Cultural Community, Vol. 9., ed. „Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy Publishing House, Braşov, 2020, pp. 68-74. ISSN 2285-2689 ISSN-L 2285-2689.’20/volum_2020/068-074%20Pop-Flanja.pdf
  • Delia Pop – Flanja, “The Discourse on Migration in the European Union: Solidarity or Threat to Security?”, in The European Union. Policies, Perspectives and Politics, New York, Nova Science Publishers, Inc, 2020, pp. 31-42, ISBN 978-1-53617-142-6.
  • Delia Pop – Flanja, “Crisis Communication. A Case Study on the Colectiv Blaze”, in Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai, Studia Europaea, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj University Press, LXIV, 1, 2019, pp. 114-131, DOI 10.24913/subbeuropaea19.1.07.
  • Delia Pop – Flanja, “Terrorist Attacks – A Challenge in Crisis Communication”, in Redefining Community in Intercultural Context RCIC’19 Migration & Intercultural Dialogue 8, ed. „Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy Publishing House, Braşov, 2019, pp. 219-225. ISSN 2285-2689 ISSN-L 2285-2689.
  • Delia Pop – Flanja, “Le discours sur le Brexit. Une analyse des stratégies discursives de Theresa May”, in Synergies Roumanie, 13, ed. Gerflint, Sylvains-les-Moulins, France, 2018, pp. 11-22.
  • Delia Pop-Flanja, Roxana-Maria Gâz, “Ambiguity in Intercultural Communication”, in Redefining Community in Intercultural Context, volum al conferinței RCIC 21-23 mai 2015, vol. 4, nr. 1 / 2015, Braşov, ‘Henri Coandă’ Air Force Academy Publishing House, pp. 145-149.

Silviu Nate

Short Bio

Dr. Silviu NATE is an associate professor at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, the Security Studies undergraduate program coordinator, and the director of the Global Studies Center. His analytical interests focus mainly on the Wider Black Sea Region and transatlantic relations.

He coordinated several policy papers on energy, migration, security in the Black Sea and influenced strategic decisions for strengthening the Allied presence in the region.

Areas of interest: Global power distribution, the transatlantic partnership, European security, the Wider Black Sea Region, strategic culture, Security Sector Reform, energy security, IR methodologies, analytic frameworks and tools.

Selected Publications

Nate, S., coord. Emerging Importance of Wider Black Sea Area Security, Ed. Top Form, Bucharest, 2018, ISBN 978-606-8550-73-2.

Nate, S., Arntzen, A., coord. Proceedings Vol. Understanding and Tackling the Migration Challenge: Mapping Options for a Resilient Approach, Ed. RAO, Bucharest, 2017, ISBN 978-606-8516-72-1.

Nate, S. Russia’s Quest for Regional Hegemony: Appearances vs. Realities, Ukraine Analytica, Issue 2 (24), 2021, 12-19. [link]

Carafano, J.J.; Nate, S.; Colibășanu, O.A. How To Make Sure the Black Sea Doesn’t Become a Geopolitical Black Hole, 1945 (The Embassy), 2021. [link]

Mara, D.; Nate, S.; Stavytskyy, A.; Kharlamova, G. The Place of Energy Security in the National Security Framework: An Assessment Approach. Energies 2022, 15, 658.

Carafano, J.J.; Nate, S.; Colibășanu, O.A. How A Rising China Complicates Europe’s Future, 1945 (The Embassy), 2021. [link].

Nate, S.; Bilan, Y.; Cherevatskyi, D.; Kharlamova, G.; Lyakh, O.; Wosiak, A. The Impact of Energy Consumption on the Three Pillars of Sustainable Development. Energies 2021, 14, 1372.

Nate, S., Ratiu. A., Defending the Truth and Counter Information Warfare in Europe, Proceedings of the International Conference KNOWLEDGE-BASED ORGANIZATION – “Nicolae Bălcescu” Land Forces Academy, Sibiu, Vol. XXIII No 1, 2017, pp. 213-219.

Nate, S., Black Sea, Cold Sea: The Geopolitical Crossroads of Civilizations, in Counter Hybrid Threats: Lessons Learned from Ukraine, September 2015, IOS Press, pp. 251-259, ISBN 978-1-61499-650- 7.

Kharlamova, G., Chernyak, O., Nate, S., Renewable Energy and Security for Ukraine: Challenge or Smart Way?, Journal of International Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2016, pp. 88-116, ISSN 2071-8330.

Kateryna Shynkaruk

Short Bio

Dr. Kateryna Shynkaruk is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine since 2016. She is an Associated Fellow at the Analytical Center of Ukrainian Catholic University. In 2013-2020, Kateryna worked as the lead local expert on internal politics and parliamentary affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. Prior to that, she was a Senior Research Fellow in International Studies at the Kyiv based Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting. Kateryna received her M.A. in International Relations (2006) and Ph.D. in Global Political Affairs (2011) from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University.

Selected Publications

  1. Shynkaruk, K. Swiss Model of Partial Integration with the European Union: What’s Applicable for Ukraine? Kyiv: New Europe Center, 2021. – 32 p.

  1. Kateryna Shynkaruk. Biden, Putin, and this Childish New World. Five Features of the Maturity Culture. Novoye Vremya, 25 July 2021.
  2. Iryna Solonenko, Kateryna Shynkaruk, Martin Brusis, Leonid Litra et al. European Integration Index for Eastern Partnership Countries, 2013. International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv, 2013.
  3. Shynkaruk, K. Eurasian Union and Russia’s Neighborhood Policy: Old Wine in New Wineskins? Russkii Vopros, Issue 1, 2012.
  4. Shynkaruk, K. Ukraine’s Soft Power in Russia. In: Ukraine’s Soft Power in the Region as a Tool of an Effective Foreign Policy. Kyiv: Institute of World Policy, 2011. – PP. 80-93.
  5. Shynkaruk, K. Russia-West: The Conditions for a Genuine “Reset”. UA Foreign Affairs, Issue4, 2011.
  6. Shynkaruk, K. Ukraine – Russia: Scenarios for Development of Relations till 2020. Kyiv: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2011. – 14 p.

Oana Poiană

Short Bio

Oana Poiană works as a researcher at the Institute of International Relations and Area Studies, Faculty of European Studies (BBU) where she has also taught a course on the Black Sea region and seminars on European public policies and EU’s role in the global economy. For the last decade, she conducted research on the Black Sea regionalization and regional cooperation with a focus on energy security. She holds a joint PhD degree in International Relations and European Studies from Babeș-Bolyai University and Otto von Guericke University. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Babeș-Bolyai University, an MA in European Affairs and Program Management from the Faculty of European Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University and an MA in International Relations from Central European University. Currently, she is part of the Connect Black Sea Project as a Young Black Sea Ambassador. 
Field of expertise: Geopolitics, Regionalism, regionalization, Black Sea regional cooperation, European energy security, Eastern European Studies.
Relevant publications:

Selected Publications

  1. Book- Regional Cooperation and National Preferences in the Black Sea Region. A zero-sum game perpetuated by energy insecurity,  ”Presa Universitară Clujeană”, ISBN 978-606-37-1375-0 , 2022, .
  2. Book – “A Constructivist Approach to the security of the European Natural Gas Supply. The Black Sea Region and its Geopolitical Significance.” VDM Publishing House, Germany, 2010.
  3. Article – “An overview of the European Energy Policy evolution: From the European Energy Community to the European Energy Union’’, On-line Journal Modelling the New Europe, “Social policies in the EU” + Varia Articles dedicated to “EU’s 2030 Framework for climate and energy. Towards a more vigorous governance process?”, Issue no. 22, June, 2017,
  4. Article in Collective Volume- “The Three Seas Initiative between economic interconnection and geopolitical delineation”, article in Valentin Naumescu, Raluca Moldovan (eds.), Tensiunea liberal-iliberal pe agenda globală: Probleme fundamentale ale lumii contemporane, Editura Universităţii Babeş-Bolyai, Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2019,
  5. Article in Conference Proceedings – “Natural resources as power increasing capabilities affecting the polarity of the Black Sea Regional system’’, EURINT 2016, The Eastern Partnership under strain-Time for a rethink?, Volume 3, 2016,
  6. Article in Collective Volume – “Energy security – a core issue for consolidating the Eastern Partnership. EU in search of a New Black Sea Strategy”, in Valentin Naumescu and Dan Dungaciu (eds.), “The European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood Today: Politics, Dynamics”, Newcastle upon Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2015,
  7. Article in Conference Proceedings – “Regional Cooperation and National Preferences in the Black Sea Region: A zero sum game perpetuated by energy insecurity? ’’ Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, Volume 14, Berna: Peter Lang, Elvetia, 2015,

Anda Ghilescu

Short Bio

Anda Ghilescu obtained her Master’s Degree on International Relations, Foreign Policy and Crisis Management from Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. She has a keen interest in American foreign policy in the Middle East and has published several articles on the topic, with a particular focus on the United States’ approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Domains: International relations, American foreign policy, Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


  • The New Transatlantic Relations and the Perspectives of the Global Order. Proceedings of the first edition of the international conference The European Union’s External Relations and Global Order (EUXGLOB), edited by Valentin Naumescu, Raluca Moldovan and Anda Ghilescu, Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2021,
  • ”The United States, Israel and Black Swan Events. A Comparative Study of the Bush and Obama Administrations” in The European Union and Global Order, edited by Luciana Mirela-Butișcă, Diana-Nathalie Ember and Anda Ghilescu, Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2020,
  • ”An Attempt at Diplomacy: How the Pursuit of a Nuclear Deal with Iran Affected the United States-Israel Relations” in Studia Europaea, Cluj-Napoca, December 2018,