Nicu Popescu, PhD, is senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris.  In 2010 and 2012-2013 he was foreign policy and EU affairs advisor to the Prime Minister of Moldova. He previously worked as head Russia and Wider Europe program at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)  in London (2011-2012); research fellow at ECFR (2007-2009) and the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (2005-2007). Nicu holds a doctorate in International Relations from the Central European University in Budapest (Hungary). He published a book on ‘EU Foreign Policy and post-Soviet Conflicts‘ in 2010.