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Sorin Ioniță

Sorin Ioniță, Expert

President of Expert Forum, expert in public administration reform, development and local affairs; consultant within the Council of Europe, World Bank and UNDP on Eastern Europe and the Balkans; former representative of Romania in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), sections Transport-Energy and Environment-Agriculture; associate lecturer at the Maastricht School of Management (MSM). He graduated from the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute (IPB); Bucharest University; has a Master from Central European University (CEU), Budapest; former Fulbright fellow at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

6 articles - Sorin Ioniță:
The Chinese Communist Party at 100: rising propaganda, declining reputation

The Chinese Communist Party at 100: rising propaganda, declining reputation

In 2021, China says it has achieved the centennial goals announced by Xi when it took power nearly ten years ago: eradicating poverty; implementing a sovereign type of domesticated internet, used for social regimentation; the space program; strengthening the role of party offices in the economy, including in European multinationals; re-ideologizing education and consolidating a kind of nationalist Maoism; eliminating democracy in Hong Kong. The paradox is that the more triumphalist it becomes at home, reporting to the people one success after another, the less powerful the image of the state-party based in Beijing gets at global level.

Sorin Ioniță
01 Jul 2021
Outlooks on political cooperation with Moldova – the illusion that we could buy Moscow’s assets in Chişinău

Outlooks on political cooperation with Moldova – the illusion that we could buy Moscow’s assets in Chişinău

Politicians in Chisinau are trying to get some extra political capital at home by flaunting their connections to politicians in Romania. However, a few protocol statements and "family" photos do not guarantee Bucharest’s influence in Moldova.

Sorin Ioniță
17 Jun 2021
Is Romania still an anti-Russia stronghold in the region?

Is Romania still an anti-Russia stronghold in the region?

Along with Poland, Romania has always been the most skeptical-of-Russia country in Eastern Europe. This does not mean that the Russian influence is not felt in this country as well.

Sorin Ioniță
23 Apr 2021
The Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy: a game of smoke and mirrors

The Kremlin’s vaccine diplomacy: a game of smoke and mirrors

Facing logistics-related problems back at home and a limited capacity for the development of the Sputnik V vaccine, Russia plays a bluff game in Europe, pretending to be waiting for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to greenlight the Sputnik serum in order to fill the vacuum in the EU’s supply chain.

Sorin Ioniță
22 Mar 2021
China and Orientalism 2.0: The best propaganda is when others have no idea who you are

China and Orientalism 2.0: The best propaganda is when others have no idea who you are

The most effective type of Chinese overseas propaganda is not the one Beijing has carefully planned, but that which appears spontaneously when a distant civilization speaking a language few European understand comes into contact with Europe’s tendency to create mythologies about “the Orient”. In other words, it’s a byproduct of “Orientalism”. Present-day China has replaced 1970s Japan as “the country that does things differently” and is about to outshine the old democracies.

Sorin Ioniță
25 Feb 2021
Manipulation that we like. Or conspirativitis as a rational reaction to functional illiteracy

Manipulation that we like. Or conspirativitis as a rational reaction to functional illiteracy

With only 20-30% of the population determined to get vaccinated against Covid at first call, Romania is at the bottom of the ranking, alongside France, a vaccine-skeptical country by tradition (and proud of it). We are tempted to blame domestic and foreign propaganda, the influence of the church or the manipulation of political leaders with personal agendas. But we too easily ignore the structural conditions that make us vulnerable not only to anti-vaccination campaigns, but in general to the understanding of a growing number of complicated phenomena, which, because of modernity and the Internet, come upon us in real time, leaving us no space to breathe.

Sorin Ioniță
12 Jan 2021