Madalina Dobrescu holds a Phd in European Studies from the London School of Economics. Her Phd thesis explored the conditions under which incumbent regimes in the European Union’s eastern neighbourhood cooperate effectively with EU civilian missions by adhering to and adopting the objectives set out by their mandates. Madalina’s research interests revolve around the European Union’s foreign policy and in particular the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), as well as processes of Europeanisation, external governance, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, primarily with respect to the eastern dimension of the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy.
Prior to joining the Diplomatic Academy, Madalina was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) where she worked on a project exploring the motivations of third countries for actively participating in the EU’s security and defence policy through contributions to CSDP missions. This was preceded by a position as Research Fellow in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Chair at the College of Europe (Natolin, Warsaw).
Madalina has teaching experience at both graduate and undergraduate level. At the College of Europe (Natolin) she co-taught graduate courses and simulation games on the EU, the Wider Neighbourhood and Foreign and Security Policy Cooperation and EU Foreign Policy making in times of crisis, respectively. During her doctoral studies, she taught at undergraduate level at King’s College London and Royal Holloway (University of London) on a wide range of International Relations and European Studies subjects, including Foreign Policy Analysis, Comparative Politics of the European Union, European Integration and EU Foreign Policy.