The Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University is hosting a lecture on „Romania’s Last Frontier: the Ally, the Partner and the Foe” with Dr. Emil Constantinescu, Former President of Romania (1996-2000) and with Gen.(ret) Constantin Degeratu former head of the Romanian Armed Forces on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 starting at 9:30 am in the Copley Hall’s Formal Lounge, 3700 O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007.

The speakers will discuss the current geo-politics of the Black Sea, the regional impact of the crisis in Ukraine, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the bilateral relations between his country (a NATO and EU member) and the United States.

Dr. Emil Constantinescu is a geologist/mineralogist by training and had a prestigious career in higher education and scientific research, publishing 12 books. He began his political career in 1989 as a civil society activist and was elected president of the Romanian Democratic Convention (CDR), an alliance of civil society organizations, in 1991. In 1996 Dr. Constantinescu, on behalf of CDR signed the “Contract with Romania” and shortly afterwards he became the first elected president of Romania. President Constantinescu oversaw Romania’s large scale process of economic and political reform and launched EU accession negotiations. Upon the end of his presidential term (December 2000), Emil Constantinescu resumed his academic career.

Gen. Constantine Degeratu holds a doctoral degree in Military Science (1996) from The National Defense University, Bucharest, Romania. Gen. Constantin Degeratu has an impressive military career reflected by several senior positions held within the country’s Armed Forces including Chief of the General Defense Staff (1997- 2000). Gen. Degeratu is also a prolific writer and has written many books on the topic of global and European security.

The event will be chaired by CERES Professor Dennis Deletant.

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