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Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

The George Washington University

Crimea & Beyond:
Security Implications for Romania, Moldova, and Transnistria Part of IERES’s Behind the Headlines Series with Mark Gitenstein, Ambassador of the U.S. to Romania

Dennis Deletant, Visiting Professor at Georgetown University

Moderated by Eliot Sorel, Professor of Global Health and Psychiatry, GW

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Voesar Conference Room
1957 E Street NW, Suite 412

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This event is on the record. Recent events in Crimea raise significant security concerns in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and the United States. The territorial safety and integrity of nation states have been challenged and has become a topic debated at the United Nations Security Council, the US Congress, the G7, and the EU.

Ambassador Mark Gitenstein and Professor Dennis Deletant will discuss the security implications for Romania, Moldova, and Transnistria in light of recent events in the region. Mark Gitenstein served as the United States Ambassador in Bucharest from 2009 to 2013. In 2012, Romanian President Traian Basescu awarded Ambassador Gitenstein the Star of Romania, Order of the Grand Cross, the country’s highest civil honor.

Dennis Deletant is Visiting Ion Ratiu Professor of Romanian Studies at Georgetown University. In 1988 he was declared persona non grata by the Romanian authorities as a result of his adverse comments on the Ceausescu regime.

Eliot Sorel is Professor of Global Health & of Psychiatry at GW and chairman/founder of the World Youth Democracy Forum at the Elliot School of International Affairs. The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School of International Affairs’ undergraduate and master’s programs were ranked among the top ten international affairs programs in the United States by the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) survey.

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