YoungDiplo Conference

We have the pleasure of inviting you to its second YoungDiplo Conference Romania’s foreign policy in a multipolar world, which will be held on March 30th at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest (38, Aleea Alexandru).

While the global economic crisis was deepening, in 2011 Brazil overtook the UK as the 6th economy in the world. By 2020 Russia will be the  4th largest economy; in less than 10 years, all BRIC countries will change the current hierarchy, rising above established economic powers like the UK, Germany, France, and Italy. In today’s multipolar world, we believe that Romania will be compelled to engage not only with its traditional partners, like the EU and the United States, but also with rising economic powers.

Fulfilling our current commitments while expanding our foreign policy options will be made easier if Romania’s future foreign policy experts build up their expertise in accordance to the highest international standards. The main target of our project, i.e. Romanian students specializing in foreign affairs, broadly understood, who will become Romania’s next generation of experts, will thus have to be innovative and forward-looking not only with their studies but also in their future jobs.

If you are one of them, on March 30th, join us for a day of lively discussions with diplomats, policy-makers, business representatives, young professionals and academics. We will focus on the following questions:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities Romania is faced with on the international stage in diplomacy, security and energy?
  • How can Romania contribute to building bridges between established and emerging powers?
  • Can Romania help advance democratic norms and practices in the polities resulting from the Arab Spring?
  • What can Romania do to strengthen its regulatory and policy tools and attract enough investments? How does Romania’s energy policy compare to that of its neighbors?

Guest  speakers:  

  • HE Pieter Andries Swanepoel, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa
  • Prof. Dr. Iulian Chifu (presidential advisor)
  • Gen. (ret.) Constantin Degeratu
  • Oana Marinescu (Director, OMA Vision)
  • Radu Dudau (Executive Director, Romania Energy Center)
  • Sandra Pralong (President, Synergetica Foundation)
  • Prof. Dr. Armand Goșu (Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest)
  • Carmen Gavrila (Radio Romania Actualitati)
  • Dr. Simona Soare (ISPAIM)
  • Prof. Dr. Marian Zulean (Department of Business and Administration, University of Bucharest)

The first YoungDiplo conference was held at the Embassy of Romania in London on February 4th, and brought together 11 esteemed speakers and approximately 100 students and young professionals.

Application procedure:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 24th. To apply, please fill in the application form. You will receive an answer by March 27th.


The entrance to the conference is free of charge. Lunch will be provided for. Participants are encouraged to donate 25 RON.

The conference is organized with the support of the main partner ROEC (Romania Energy Center) and of the following media partners: Radio France International, Radio Romania Actualități, Radio Romania Internațional, Foreign Policy, Lume Buna, Romania Pozitivă, StiriONG, Romania Insider.



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