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Ioana Dumitrescu

Ioana Dumitrescu, Journalist

Ioana Dumitrescu started to work as a journalist in the early ‘90s, at Radio Delta RFI. Since 1994 she works in the News, Current Affairs and Sports department of the Romanian Public TV.

During the Kosovo war, she was chosen out of a pool of hundreds of journalists to accompany Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel while he visited the refugee camps in Macedonia. In 1999 she became a CNN correspondent, without leaving the Romanian Public TV. She followed that with a stint as an OSCE press officer in Sarajevo, and then she returned to the Public TV.

18 articles - Ioana Dumitrescu:
Liz Truss, the “political chameleon” tasked with navigating four overlapping crises in the United Kingdom

Liz Truss, the “political chameleon” tasked with navigating four overlapping crises in the United Kingdom

Liz Truss is taking over as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at a time when the country is struggling with multiple crises: the crisis in the energy and healthcare sectors, the crisis generated by Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit standing, and the war in Ukraine. Throughout her political career, Liz Truss stood out through her readiness to radically alter her political views. Her survival as Prime Minister may require her to display some degree of consistency.

Ioana Dumitrescu
14 Sep 2022
Russia’s expansionism, Putin’s outposts in Europe and the Kosovo precedent

Russia’s expansionism, Putin’s outposts in Europe and the Kosovo precedent

Russia doesn’t recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state, but it’s using it to endorse the “independence” of separatist/captured territories in Georgia and Ukraine: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Crimea and Donbas. Besides, the Serbian enclave in Kosovo, Mitrovica, can be used by Moscow as a genuine outpost on the border with a NATO-protected territory. Just like other “outposts” Putin is relying on in Europe, Mitrovica too can be useful when Moscow wants to get something done or simply wants to distract everyone’s attention – even from a war such as the one in Ukraine.

Ioana Dumitrescu
26 Aug 2022
Madrid 1997 – Madrid 2022. An evolution of NATO’s perception of the Russian threat

Madrid 1997 – Madrid 2022. An evolution of NATO’s perception of the Russian threat

At the 1997 NATO Summit in Madrid, the Alliance kicked off its eastward enlargement process by integrating ex-communist countries that used this opportunity to make sure they would never again fall under Russia’s control. A quarter of a century later, also in Madrid, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization launched a new strategic concept, taking note of Moscow’s aggressions and threats.

Ioana Dumitrescu
08 Jul 2022
Vladimir Socor: Russia planned its expansion as early as the 90s

Vladimir Socor: Russia planned its expansion as early as the 90s

For Europe to evade the Russian threat, Russia needs to slip into a period of instability once Putin is gone, says Vladimir Socor. In an interview to Veridica, Vladimir Socor says the early signs of post-Soviet expansionism became transparent in the 1990s, also referring to Ukraine’s chances in the current war.

Ioana Dumitrescu
13 Jun 2022
China: Xi Jinping's plans, the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine

China: Xi Jinping's plans, the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine

Although it officially has a close partnership with Russia, China is in no hurry to support it now, when it faces economic and military issues as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. With the image affected by the way it handles the current pandemic wave, Beijing does not need more negative publicity now that Xi Jinping is preparing for a new term at the helm of the country. Moreover, the war in Ukraine seems to have affected China's plans to bring Taiwan under its control.

Ioana Dumitrescu
13 May 2022
From Srebrenica to Bucha and Mariupol: actions taken to investigate and prosecute war crimes

From Srebrenica to Bucha and Mariupol: actions taken to investigate and prosecute war crimes

From the massacres in former Yugoslavia and the genocide in Rwanda to Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, the international community had to take action in order to bring criminals to justice. In the case of Yugoslavia and Rwanda, international courts of law were set up. In the case of Russia, a nuclear power with veto rights in the UN Security Council, identifying and prosecuting the people who committed atrocities such as the massacre in Bucha, might be more complicated, although there are solutions in this case as well.

Ioana Dumitrescu
15 Apr 2022
War in Ukraine: How Putin, in his quest for empire, succeeded in uniting the West. Why the Kremlin cannot impose the New European Order it sought

War in Ukraine: How Putin, in his quest for empire, succeeded in uniting the West. Why the Kremlin cannot impose the New European Order it sought

Putin wants to change the European Order, and he probably will, just not the way he imagined. The war in Ukraine, which has prompted a reaction in block in the West, throwing sanctions at Russia from all sides, might just be the last for Putin. But perhaps the most important development is the restructuring of NATO forces on the eastern flank.

Ioana Dumitrescu
10 Mar 2022
The Western Balkans, on Putin’s Chessboard. The Region’s Role in Putin’s Confrontation with the West

The Western Balkans, on Putin’s Chessboard. The Region’s Role in Putin’s Confrontation with the West

The Western Balkans appear to be playing an increasingly important role in Russia's plans. Through its leverage in the region, Moscow is able to generate enough problems that require the attention of the West and diminish its ability to manage crises elsewhere - for example in the former Soviet Union.

Ioana Dumitrescu
03 Feb 2022
Bosnia: is war coming back?

Bosnia: is war coming back?

26 years after the end of the Balkan war, marked the Dayton Peace Accords, the Croatian-Muslim Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska are about to break up again.

Ioana Dumitrescu
05 Jan 2022
Democracies vs. Autocracies – a new Cold War?

Democracies vs. Autocracies – a new Cold War?

China and Russia increasingly converge in their approach to relations with the USA and the West, which has given rise to speculation about a possible military alliance. Worst-case scenario, Russia and China will engage in coordinated military strikes in areas of key interest for the two autocratic powers: Taiwan and Ukraine.

Ioana Dumitrescu
01 Dec 2021
The gas crisis: Putin vs. Europe

The gas crisis: Putin vs. Europe

Vladimir Putin’s plans have two main goals: to take Ukraine out of the gas market, and thus silence any political regime in Kiev, and to destabilize the European Union by means of repeated natural gas crises.

Ioana Dumitrescu
03 Nov 2021
Germany and the future chancellor: it’s complicated

Germany and the future chancellor: it’s complicated

Who will be Germany’s next chancellor? Olaf Scholz, the Social-Democrat candidate, seems to be the favorite choice. And it wouldn’t be far from the truth either, if the German election system weren’t so intricate. Now, after the September 26 election, all options are still on the table.

Ioana Dumitrescu
05 Oct 2021
Germany, to a new era!

Germany, to a new era!

On September 26, 2021, the Germans go to the polls. An extremely difficult choice after 16 years with Angela Merkel at the helm of the country. A choice on which not only the future of Germany, but also that of the EU depends. The imprint left by Mutti, as the Germans have nicknamed Angela Merkel, will not make the mission of the future chancellor easy. The nearly two decades have not been easy at all, but Germany's first woman chancellor has managed to stay in power and, most importantly, impose her views domestically and internationally.

Ioana Dumitrescu
15 Sep 2021
Cuba, from rifles to Facebook

Cuba, from rifles to Facebook

Cuba has recently faced its largest protests in three decades. The protesters used social media to mobilize. Is this the weapon that will bring down one of the longest-surviving communist regimes in the world - or at least force it to accept profound reforms?

Ioana Dumitrescu
05 Aug 2021
China: Behind the Capitalist façade, the Party is tightening its control

China: Behind the Capitalist façade, the Party is tightening its control

China’s global opening-up after Mao’s death and a partial adoption of capitalism have only apparently softened the communist regime in Beijing. Mao’s successors have regularly shown that they will not cede their tight grip on society and, if the system requires defending- or consolidating- they can be as ruthless as the “founding father”.

Ioana Dumitrescu
07 Jul 2021
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Europe’s black hole

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Europe’s black hole

More than a 25 years after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina ended, the country is still an "unfinished project", being more corrupt, less stable and less developed than other former Yugoslav countries.

Ioana Dumitrescu
07 Jun 2021
Nord Stream 2 – is there still a point?

Nord Stream 2 – is there still a point?

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, set to transport Russian gas straight to Germany, seems to have hit a few snags amidst growing opposition. Even if it does get finalized, Nord Stream 2 could prove useless due to Europe’s transition to alternative energy sources.

Ioana Dumitrescu
06 May 2021
“Bibi, King of Israel”: how Netanyahu became the veteran of Israeli politics.

“Bibi, King of Israel”: how Netanyahu became the veteran of Israeli politics.

Four elections in less than two years, and Netanyahu continues to come out on top and stay in power. In a world as difficult as today, with all the developments in the Middle East, in a society as complex as Israel, that is no easy feat. Still, Bibi, as most Israelis like to call him – or “King Bibi”, for his most diehard supporters – has succeeded even when the whole world was against him. And he’s now become the veteran (and survivor) of Israeli politics.

Ioana Dumitrescu
01 Apr 2021