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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 the University of Beira Interior and Tel Aviv University where he gained firsthand insights on European politics and the Middle East. He has recently completed a PhD focused on global power competition in the Middle East.

PROGRAMME

Europe in the World

PROJECTs

Areas of expertise

European security and defence policies, Middle East political and security issues, EU-Middle East relations, Black Sea security developments, 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
PhD in Political Science 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 G. 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

Ukraine / PANEL DISCUSSION
War on Ukraine: Its impact on Europe and the Mediterranean
Mihai Chihaia took part in a panel discussion focused on the implications of the war in Ukraine on the Mediterranean.

The programme of the event can be found here.


War on Ukraine: Its impact on Europe and the Mediterranean
05 June 2022 - ,
Festival of Mediterranean Citizens
Security & defence / INTERVIEW
The Russian threat gives NATO new purpose
Mihai Chihaia was interviewed by Politics Today on the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on NATO.

The article can be found here.

The Russian threat gives NATO new purpose
23 April 2022 - ,
Politics Today
Ukraine / INTERVIEW
UE, de comunidad de paz a una coercitiva
Mihai Chihaia was interviewed by El Universal on the EU's reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The article can be found here (in Spanish).

UE, de comunidad de paz a una coercitiva
05 March 2022 - ,
El Universal


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