Cornelia-Adriana Baciu

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dr. Cornelia-Adriana Baciu is a DAAD Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, where she researches transatlantic security policy, geopolitical adaptation and Europe-NATO relations post-Brexit. Dr. Baciu obtained her PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University and was YERUN Visiting Fellow at the Centre for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark.   


Her areas of expertise are: strategic adaptation; evolutionary stable strategies; NATO; US and European security and foreign policy; civil-military relations and democratic security governance.  


Dr. Baciu conducted numerous field research stays across Europe (in Belgium, France, Germany, UK, Romania), as well as in conflict zones in Pakistan (Peshawar) and India (Kashmir), where she conducted extensive interviews with high-level officials from the EU, NATO, government, military officers and non-governmental actors. 


She is  founding  Director  of the  transnational  Research Network “European Security and Strategy”. Her co-edited  book , Peace, Security and Defence Cooperation in Post-Brexit Europe. Risks and Opportunities, was  published with Springer. In 2019, Dr. Baciu received the British International Studies Association (BISA) Excellence in Teaching Prize and the LSRS Prize for the Best Romanian Research Student in Europe. She was also awarded the VEUK-Prize by the Universität Konstanz for her MA thesis.


Prior to her PhD, Dr. Baciu was pre-doctoral fellow of the ZEIT-Stiftung Hamburg and worked as a Risk Analyst at a crisis management company in Konstanz. She studied Political Science and European Studies in Germany, Ireland, Romania and India and was DAAD-Erasmus Fellow in the Office of the Chief, Terrorism Prevention Branch at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.  


Dr. Baciu lectured Research Methods, Theories of International Relations, Transatlantic Security Policy Post-Brexit, and European Sovereign Debt and the Euro-Crisis at Georgetown University, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, and delivered evidence on the future of European Security and Defence Policy in the Irish Senate. Her research was published in international peer-reviewed journals and open-source publications.



Selected Publications




2019. Peace, Security and Defence Cooperation in Post-Brexit Europe. Risks and Opportunities. Cham: Springer International (ISBN 978-3-030-12417-5) (with John Doyle). (Reviewed in Defence Studies and European Review of International Studies).


Journal Articles


2019. Security Transformation and Multilateralism: The Future of Irish Defence and Foreign Policy. Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 29, pp. 97-117.


Book Reviews


2019. European Security in Integration Theory: Contested Boundaries, Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 57(4), pp. 915-916.

2019. European strategy in the 21st century: new future for old power, International Affairs, Vol. 95(4), pp. 948-949. 

Book Chapters


2018. From Guardians of the State to Guardians of Democracy? Institutional Change and Military Democratization in Insecure States. In Comparative Civil-Military Relations in the Changing Security Environment, pp. 365-389. 


Open-Source Publications

2020. Brexit opens up a Pandora’s box of security, defence, and foreign policy issues. London School of Economics Brexit Blog, London.

2020. Sicherheitspolitik im euro-atlantischen Raum nach dem Brexit. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zürich.

2019. Zwischen Venus und Mars: Europäische Strategie und Strategische Autonomie nach dem Brexit. Offiziere Blog - Security Policy. Armed Forces. Media.

2019. EU-UK Security Cooperation after Brexit:Towards a ‘Special Dialogue Framework’? Atlantic Community, Berlin.

2019. The Effects of Brexit on the Future of European Security Order and NATO: An Assessment. DCU Brexit Institute, Dublin (with John Doyle).

2018. The Brexit Deal and Foreign Policy: The UK’s ‘Global Positioning’ between the EU and the US. DCU Brexit Institute, Dublin.

A full list of publications is available here.

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