Nicu Popescu is a senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. In 2010 and from 2012 to 2013 he was an advisor on foreign policy and EU affairs to the prime minister of Moldova where he dealt with a full range of foreign policy issues, as well as domestic reforms such as negotiating Moldova’s accession to the European Common Aviation Area. He also worked as the program head and senior research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London from 2007 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2012, and as a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels from 2005 to 2007.
Popescu has published extensively on EU foreign policy, Russian domestic and foreign policies, the European Neighborhood Policy/Eastern Partnership, and crisis management. In 2011, he published EU Foreign Policy and the Post-Soviet Conflicts: Stealth Intervention (Routledge).
Popescu has also produced numerous policy papers and contributed op-eds to the Financial Times, the Guardian, the International Herald Tribune, OpenDemocracy, and the Wall Street Journal. He also blogs for the EU Observer.
Popescu holds a PhD in International Relations from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.