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Cryptocurrencies are not currency, but cryptoassets

Published at: 04-04-2021

Posted on: April 4th, 2021 by RaduC No Comments

My guest this week is Cristian Popa, the well-known and highly esteemed deputy governor of the National Bank of Romania between 1998 and 2014. RC: Cristi, thank you for the kindness of accepting my invitation. In your opinion, are cryptocurrencies an economic or a social phenomenon? CP: They are primarily an economic phenomenon because they […]

Can capitalism continue to provide wealth?

Published at: 19-07-2020

Posted on: July 19th, 2020 by RaduC No Comments

I am talking this week with Lucian Croitoru, advisor to the NBR governor, whose views, however, do not express the official position of his institution. RC: Lucian how outrageous is it that after we got out of the tragic experiment called communism, we ended up talking about the extent to which capitalism provides prosperity. LC: […]

Chief Economist: Many economists will call me mad, a traitor of my trade

Published at: 01-03-2020

Posted on: March 1st, 2020 by RaduC No Comments

I am talking this week with Valentin Lazea, chief-economist of the National Bank of Romania whose opinions do not involve the liability of his institution. Together I want to look at how much demographic growth, the obsession of governments, is a pre-requisite of economic prosperity. RC: Valentin, thank you for accepting my invitation. I am […]

70 percent of Romania’s military equipment dates back to the Soviet era

Published at: 05-08-2019

Posted on: August 5th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

This is the second part of my talk with retired lieutenant general Alexandru Grumaz. RC: Given the competition for army digitization, what should Romania`s endowment strategy look like? AG: We should have a very clear understanding of what our specific needs are based first and foremost on the national interest, military doctrine and the assessment of […]

The US-Russia arms control architecture risks collapse

Published at: 29-07-2019

Posted on: July 29th, 2019 by RaduC No Comments

I am talking this week with retired lieutenant general Alexandru Grumaz*, who throughout his professional career held senior positions within the Ministry of National Defense, as head of the Department of Defense Resource Management, director of the Integrated Defense Planning Directorate or Arms Inspector. He is currently running the Security Analysis and Studies Center. This […]

Will Romania stay united?

Published at: 30-11-2018

Posted on: November 30th, 2018 by RaduC No Comments

Such a question, asked on the 100th aniversary of the Great Unification, might be called a blasphemy. And yet, I believe that we would be seriously misguided to imagine that, no matter how the country is run, it is condemned to remain unchanged. It would be a grave mistake to imagine that the invaluable event […]

Patriot missiles on clay launchers

Published at: 22-06-2018

Posted on: June 22nd, 2018 by RaduC No Comments

Romania is in a frantic race to modernize its military arsenal. It is a race which involves significant costs for the lowest European budget relative to its economy. These costs make Romania`s defense budget the second largest as a percentage of budgetary revenues among NATO countries, behind the US. And yet, these expensive steps will […]

Colibasanu, Geopolitical Futures: “World wars tend to be recurrent”

Published at: 19-04-2018

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by RaduC No Comments

My guest this week is Ms Antonia Colibasanu, a well-known geopolitical analyst with Geopolitical Futures where she is the Chief Operating Officer, a capacity in which she works closely with the founder of the organization, the celebrated geopolitical forecaster and strategist George Friedman. RC: Antonia, thank you for accepting my invitation. We continue to live […]

“Romania`s big problem is indecision”

Published at: 06-10-2017

Posted on: October 6th, 2017 by RaduC No Comments

This is the  interview posted a week ago with Professor Dan Dungaciu, Director of the Political Sciences and International Relations Institute of the Romanian Academy continued. RC: In the last few weeks the army seemed to be publicly facing three major problems of financial nature: the obscenely high pensions of some officers which adversely impacted the reputation […]

“Security, too serious to leave it to the generals”

Published at: 29-09-2017

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 by RaduC No Comments

This week, after quite a while, I have again a distinguished guest with whom I intend to address the ever topical subject for Romania: security and its vulnerabilities at the crossroads of the great geostrategic interests. And one of the most knowledgeable speakers on this subject is Professor Dan Dungaciu, Director of the Political Sciences […]

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