Grants (in progress)
Name: Utopia versus realism in Romania's foreign policy. From World War I to 1975
Years to be accomplished: 2011-2014
Director: Reader Silviu Miloiu, Ph.D. in history
The drawing of sound foreign and security strategies represents one of the key goals of a state. they are fundamental tools in defining both the essential objectives promoted by that state and the most suitable means by which these aims can be achieved. the project envisages the analyzing of romania's foreign and security strategies from the world war i to the late 1960s in the way they can be interpreted from the formal and informal documents which guided them, the quality of the hypothesis and presumptions regarding the political and security international climate and the domestic capabilities during this decade, the ability to understand and operate with their basic principles, as well as capacity of this country to put at work and maximize the domestic and foreign potentialities in order to achieve the fundamental scopes defined by the romanian government. as other smaller countries, romania faced with the dilemma of the states with limited possibilities. thus, the increase of its influence on the international arena resulted into a decrease in her autonomy, whereas an increase in her autonomy led to a significant diminishing of her ability to influence the international or regional political developments. moreover, the project will evaluate the role of of the most important political, military and bureaucratic actors who devised the means by which the romanian foreign and security policy was pursued and which were responsible for changing its course.
foreign and security policy, continuity, change, realism, liberalism
„Grigore Gafencu” Research Center for the History of International Relations and Cultural Studies will assemble on 25-26 April 2014 a conference dealing with Romania’s foreign policy from World War I to 1975 as seen from the perspective of the dichotomy Realism versus Idealism. The abstracts and the programme are in the process of publication.