Nicu Popescu has been a Senior Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies since July 2013 where he specialises in Russia and the EU’s eastern neighbors. He also teaches at Sciences Po Paris. He previously worked as advisor on foreign policy and EU affairs for the prime minister of Moldova (2010, 2012-2013) where he dealt with a wide spectrum of foreign policy issues, as well as domestic reforms such as the visa liberalisation process and Moldova’s accession to the European Common Aviation Area. Prior to this, he worked as head of programme and senior research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London (2007-2009, 2011-2012), and as a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (2005-2007). He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Popescu has published extensively on EU foreign policy, Russian domestic and foreign policies, the Eurasian Union, the European Neighborhood Policy/Eastern Partnership, and conflict resolution. He is the author of the book EU Foreign Policy and the post-Soviet Conflicts: Stealth Intervention and co-editor of another book on Democratization in EU Foreign Policy. He has published op-eds with numerous outlets including: The FinancialTimes, The International New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Project Syndicate and OpenDemocracy.net.