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Mihai Sebastian Chihaia
Policy Analyst
Mihai Sebastian Chihaia is a Policy Analyst in the Europe in the World Programme. He works mainly on Middle East political and security issues, EU-Middle East relations, as well as EU foreign policy aspects and European defence integration.

Before joining EPC, Mihai worked for the European Business Summit and prior to that he was part of the Security and Defense Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States where he focused on transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, cybersecurity and NATO policies.

He previously gained experience in the Secretariat General of the European Commission on political and security issues and in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Middle East affairs.

Mihai Chihaia holds a BA in International Relations and European Studies and a MA in Security Studies and European Integration from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania combined with different scholarships at University of Beira Interior and Tel Aviv University where he gained firsthand insights on European politics and the Middle East. He is currently undertaking a PhD focused on global powers competition in the Middle East.

PROGRAMME

Europe in the World

PROJECTs

Areas of expertise

Middle East political and security issues, EU-Middle East relations, security and defence, EU foreign policy, Black Sea region, hybrid threats

Current positions

Education

BA in International Relations and European Studies
MA in Security Studies and European Integration from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Languages

Romanian, English, French, Portuguese (basic), Hebrew (basic).

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Publications

Security & defence / EPC ROUND-UP
Will the Strategic Compass be a game-changer for EU security and defence?
By Amanda Paul , Jamie Shea , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ionela Ciolan , Georg Riekeles , Andrea García Rodríguez - 05/04/2022
Foreign policy / OUTLOOK PAPER
Europe in the world in 2022: The transatlantic comeback?
By Amanda Paul , Ivano di Carlo , Guillaume Van der Loo , Réka Koleszár , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Iana Maisuradze , Ionela Ciolan , Maxime Sierro - 21/01/2022
Iran / COMMENTARY
Six years later, the need for the Iran nuclear deal is as strong as ever
By Amanda Paul , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia - 14/07/2021
Foreign policy / COMMENTARY
Stepping into the driver’s seat: The EU should double down on US–Iran diplomacy
By Amanda Paul , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia - 25/02/2021


Contributions

Security & defence / INTERVIEW
My Europe Talk show
Mihai Chihaia took part in the TVR 1 talk show "My Europe" and discussed about EU's security and defence initiatives. The recording can be found here.

My Europe
11 December 2021 - ,
TVR 1
Middle East / PANEL DISCUSSION
MEPEI International Conference “Middle East and North Africa: the Changes for a New Beginning”
Mihai Chihaia joined a panel discussion during the conference and spoke about EU-Middle East relations. The recording can be found here.

MEPEI International Conference “Middle East and North Africa: the Changes for a New Beginning”
02 December 2021 - ,
Middle East Political and Economic Institute (MEPEI)
Israel / CONTRIBUTION
New Government in Israel. New opportunity for renewed dialogue with the EU?
Mihai Chihaia participated as a speaker in the EIPA press briefing focused on the new Israeli government and EU-Israel relations. The recording can be found here.

EIPA Press Briefing: New Government in Israel. New opportunity for renewed dialogue with the EU?
07 July 2021 - ,
Europe Israel Press Association (EIPA)


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