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Ionuț Iamandi

Ionuț Iamandi, Journalist

Ionuț Iamandi is a Senior Editor at Radio Romania Actualitati, with media experience in several newsrooms in Bucharest (daily Adevărul) and London (BBC World Service, the Romanian office). He is a contributor to Dilema Veche, Historia and Pallas Athena magazines, writing book reviews, comments and pieces on recent history. He published the books "I ran away from communists - just to end up in communism. The story of a refugee from Bessarabia" (2022), "The Chess Players. Short Stories", (2021), ”Inner Weeks. A Coronavirus Diary” (2020) and “Election Year 1946. Romanian Comunist Party in Campaign at Radio” (2019). 

12 articles - Ionuț Iamandi:
How the water crisis disrupts social and economic balances across the world

How the water crisis disrupts social and economic balances across the world

Europe is facing the most severe drought in the last 500 years, but it is not the only continent affected by this phenomenon. The global scale of drought is yet another consequence of climate change. Water – the element that is vital for survival and key to industry and agriculture – has become increasingly disputed globally, its shortage producing economic, humanitarian and security crises.

Ionuț Iamandi
29 Aug 2022
European solidarity, tested by the Russian gas crisis

European solidarity, tested by the Russian gas crisis

The war in Ukraine brought back into focus an issue that had been known for a long time: Europe’s dependence on Russian gas. First, the possibility of European sanctions was raised, then Moscow reduced supplies, which caused panic in some Western capitals. What can Europeans do to escape Russian blackmail and how much should they fear the coming winter?

Ionuț Iamandi
27 Jul 2022
Ukraine takes the white pieces, Russia takes the black ones. The war has started on the chess table

Ukraine takes the white pieces, Russia takes the black ones. The war has started on the chess table

The chess rivalry between Russia and Ukraine existed before the invasion of February 2022. It also existed before the first invasion of Russia in February 2014. It existed, one might say, before the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. But it has never been harsher than this year. The world of chess has once again become, as it was during the Cold War, a battleground for image, influence and power.

Ionuț Iamandi
24 Jun 2022
The “new normal”: the pandemic and the war

The “new normal”: the pandemic and the war

The war in Ukraine is but the latest conflict at the start of a century that turned out to be rather impetuous, from the Middle East and Africa to the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Far East. It broke out just as mankind breathed a sigh of relief, acting as if the (coronavirus) pandemic was over, while others fear the new pandemic is already here. Will wars and pandemics become the “new normal” for the human race?

Ionuț Iamandi
31 May 2022
In search of alternatives to Russian petrol, the West might resort to “smaller Russias”

In search of alternatives to Russian petrol, the West might resort to “smaller Russias”

Europe’s reliance on large energy imports from Russia prevents the adoption of sanctions meant to deprive Moscow of sizable revenues, which it can use to feed its war machine. The West is looking for replacements, but unfortunately these are more often than not “smaller Russias” – authoritarian regimes that also stand accused of violating human rights.

Ionuț Iamandi
30 Apr 2022
The war in Ukraine has shown that the dependence on Russian gas and oil must be eliminated. Finding alternatives could also help combat climate change

The war in Ukraine has shown that the dependence on Russian gas and oil must be eliminated. Finding alternatives could also help combat climate change

The war in Ukraine has pushed into the background the main threat facing humanity: climate change. On the other hand, it has become clear that energy dependence on Russia needs to be eliminated, which could lead to accelerated efforts to switch to alternative sources of energy.

Ionuț Iamandi
18 Mar 2022
The next disinformation pandemic: climate change denial

The next disinformation pandemic: climate change denial

The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a wave of fake news, disinformation and conspiracy theories. As the end of it is drawing to a near, conspiracy theorists and deniers will focus on a new goal: climate change.

Ionuț Iamandi
09 Feb 2022
When carbon runs unchecked. Can humanity still stop catastrophic climate change?

When carbon runs unchecked. Can humanity still stop catastrophic climate change?

Despite repeated warnings that we’re approaching the point of no return for averting a future catastrophic global warning event, not even those countries bent on combating climate change can reach consensus on exactly what steps should be taken. Meanwhile, adding to manmade greenhouse gas emissions are those generated by global warming itself.

Ionuț Iamandi
25 Jan 2022
The obsession for chess: A Soviet atavism in the Putin era

The obsession for chess: A Soviet atavism in the Putin era

The game for the world chess title has a special stake for Moscow. Like the USSR before it, Putin's Russia is obsessed with success at all costs in the chess arena - both on the board itself and within the International Chess Federation.

Ionuț Iamandi
07 Dec 2021
COP26: Globalization by necessity

COP26: Globalization by necessity

The summit on climate change, COP26, brings no breaking news: we already know that a critical point has been reached. However, just knowing it doesn't help. We need urgent measures and policies that can no longer be postponed if we want to give future generations a chance.

Ionuț Iamandi
09 Nov 2021
Propaganda pawns. The mirage of chess in the Soviet era

Propaganda pawns. The mirage of chess in the Soviet era

Since Lenin, many communist leaders have tried to play and promote chess. Most of the time, these leaders were pathetic players, who were not able to face a tournament of medium and even amateur level; except, perhaps, for one organized only among themselves, an event which, however, never took place, despite the socialist friendship between their peoples. But that did not stop the same communist leaders from turning chess into a powerful propaganda tool during the Cold War. And in this respect, the Soviets were indeed champions.

Ionuț Iamandi
01 Oct 2021
The Red Army rapes

The Red Army rapes

There is a discrepancy between the Western estimates, according to which there were hundreds of thousands of rape victims, and the Russian ones, where figures are in the order of tens. But let’s see the arguments of each side of the dispute.

Ionuț Iamandi
05 Mar 2021