The aim of the debate is to discuss major regional and Pan-Mediterranean developments following the Arab Spring. In particular, we aimed at assessing the economic implications of the political and geo-strategic changes in the region from the perspective of the evolving security situation. We explored how these could ultimately define trans-Atlantic and, consequently, Romanian policy. In this context, we analyzed emerging power structures and relationship patterns post-Arab spring and their political and economic implications for the EU, US and ultimately Romania. The event has been done in partnership with the National University Library "Carol I".
The main guest of the panel discussion was Professor Richard Shultz, Director of the International Security Studies Program at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Prof. Shultz is an American security adviser and professor. He is also director of research at the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence in Washington, D.C. Shultz is the recipient of numerous awards including the Harvard University's Goldsmith Research Award from The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy; and Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In addition, Dr. Shultz recently served as a senior consultant to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations focusing on counterterrorist responses. Over the last twenty years he has also served as a consultant to various government agencies concerned with national security, including the National Security Council, the U.S. Special Operations Command, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the U.S. Army's Special Warfare Center, and the Department of Defense's Special Operations Policy Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Board of Editors for such publications as "Small Wars and Insurgencies," "Studies in Conflict and Terrorism," and "Terrorism and Political Violence." Shultz is also on the Selection Committee of the Vietnam Fullbright Program.