Alexandra Gheciu

Professeure agrégée, École supérieure d’affaires publiques et internationales et directrice associée du CÉPI

Alexandra Gheciu

Time to Stand Up for Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine

These days, it is hard to imagine that a decision concerning the European Union can spark a riot.  To the majority of EU citizens, the idea of taking to the barricades to support Brussels would seem absurd. The union, seriously weakened by the recent economic crisis, battling austerity and unemployment and plagued by self-doubt, appears to be losing the fai… Read More

Does Anyone Remember Iraq?

On October 5, a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, and another detonated his explosives inside a cafe north of the capital—the deadliest of several attacks across Iraq that day, killing at least 48 people. To many Iraqis, such incidents do not come as a surprise. With the international community’s current focus on the… Read More

A New Chapter in US-China Relations?

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have just concluded a two-day summit, which was described by U.S. officials as positive and constructive. The summit, held at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, just outside Palm Springs, was the first meeting between the two men since Xi became president in March. Both he and Obama highlighted t… Read More

Syria: The Tragedy Continues

It is unfortunate—though not surprising—that a meeting in Istanbul this weekend revealed persisting divisions among governments who oppose the regime of President Assad. The U.S., European and Arab states that constitute the group called the Friends of Syria do agree that with more than 70,000 killed and millions of people displaced, the Syrian crisis… Read More

These days, when Western politicians or analysts discuss the possibility and likely consequences of an international intervention, they tend to refer to Syria. This is understandable, given the gravity and complexity of the crisis unfolding there.  But the focus on Syria has led us to overlook the growing international support for intervention in anot… Read More

Will the ‘Future of Europe’ Group Save the EU?

“The European Union has reached a decisive juncture. The ongoing sovereign debt crisis and the ever accelerating process of globalization pose an unprecedented dual challenge for Europe. We will have to master it if we want our continent to enjoy a bright future and effectively promote our interests and values in a more polycentric world.” T… Read More

Towards an International Agreement on Syria?

Following a long conversation between Presidents Obama and Putin at the recent G20 Summit in Mexico, U.S. officials claimed that progress had been made in identifying areas where U.S. and Russian interests coincide. “We agreed that we need to see a cessation of violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war,” President Obama stat… Read More

Stepping Up the Fight Against Somali Pirates

On March 23, the European Union announced that it would expand its anti-piracy mission, Atalanta, to include for the first time the Somali coast itself and waterways inside the country. The statement said the EU would be working with Somalia’s transitional federal government and other Somali organisations to support their fight against piracy fr… Read More

Bad News from Afghanistan

These days, statements issued by NATO and U.S. officials tend to portray an optimistic picture of the situation in Afghanistan, suggesting that the insurgency remains on the back foot, that the transition to Afghan lead (the process by which security responsibility for Afghanistan is gradually transitioned to Afghan leadership) is continuing, and tha… Read More