Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Foreign Policy Association of Moldova (APE) was established in May 2004 by a group of well-known Moldovan experts, public personalities, former and current senior governmental officials, and diplomats reunited by their commitment to contribute with their expertise and experience to developing and implementing a credible, efficient, and pragmatic foreign policy that would support Moldova’s democratization, territorial reintegration, economic modernization, and its European integration. Since its foundation the Foreign Policy Association has implemented numerous projects designed to: promote dialogue with Transnistrian separatist region of Moldova; enhance the expertise and institutional capacities of the political parties and civil society organizations in the area of European integration; encourage and support research and debates on foreign policy issues; facilitate networking and partnership links between non-governmental organizations, and governmental institutions; promote and defend human rights; enhance anti-discrimination capacities of local and central authorities; advocate Moldova’s European integration objectives, reforms and prospects, as well to strengthen civil society organizations and grassroots’ engagement in good governance process including in the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.

As an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization, the APE aims to:

  • improve the quality of the foreign policy debates in Moldova;
  • provide a platform for informed discussions and analysis on foreign policy issues;
  • strengthen the foreign policy experts’ community in Moldova;
  • foster better interaction between non-governmental experts and decision makers;
  • interpret Moldova for a broader international audience and interpret the international processes for Moldovan public,
  • provide interested officials and diplomats, as well as the wider public, an independent high-quality assessment on the most topical issues of Moldova’s foreign policy and international processes affecting Moldova’s interests;
  • promote a better understanding by Moldovan public of various aspects of Moldovan foreign policy options and ways of achieving its goals on the international scene;
  • stimulate citizens’ interest in the area of foreign policy and better understanding of various aspects of European affairs and international relations.

To these ends the APE and its staff:

  • organise foreign policy-focused events (conferences, round tables, seminars, public discussions, summer schools, study trips, etc.);
  • arrange public lectures and visits by international experts and scholars;
  • participate in international conferences, regional think-tank initiatives and networks;
  • publish studies, analyses and commentaries;
  • conduct policy-oriented research;
  • make regular commentaries in the media.

President of the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova:

Ion Sturza

Vice-President of the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova

Radu Vrabie

Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova

Victor Chirila

Members of the Board of Directors are:

Ion Sturza, APE President

Radu Vrabie, APE Vice-president, Deputy Director, Moldova Structural Reform, USAID Program

Stefan Gorda, Director of the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova

Victoria Rosa (Bucataru), Foreign policy and security expert, adviser to former Prime Minister Maia Sandu in the field of security and defense sector

Galina Corman, Associate professor, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Moldova State University

Members of the Association:

  • Alina Raetchi (Lina Grau), Journalist, Radio Europa Liberă Moldova;
  • Anatol Taranu, Expert, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the Russian Federation;
  • Andrei Popov, Ambassador at large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova
  • Arcadie Barbarosie, Executive Director, Institute for Public Policy (IPP);
  • Eugen Carpov, Director, National Agency for Energy Regulation of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Eugen Revenco, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Galina Corman, Associate professor, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Moldova State University;
  • Igor Botan, Executive Director, Association for Participatory Democracy (ADEPT);
  • Igor Corman, Ex- President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Iurie Leanca, President of the European People’s Party of Moldova (PPEM);
  • Ion Sturza, APE President, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Ion Stavila, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Estonia;
  • Mihai Popsoi, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, APE Associate Expert;
  • Nicolae Chirtoaca, Expert, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to the United States;
  • Nicu Popescu, Director of the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR);
  • Oazu Nantoi, Deputy in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Oleg Serebrean, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Germany;
  • Radu Vrabie, Deputy Director, Moldova Structural Reform, USAID Program;
  • Stefan Gorda, Director, Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova;
  • Valeriu Gheorghiu, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Spain;
  • Victor Chirila, Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Association;
  • Victoria Rosa (Bucataru), Foreign policy and security expert, adviser to former Prime Minister Maia Sandu in the field of security and defense sector

APE Team:

  • President, Ion Sturza
  • Executive Director, Victor Chirila
  • Program Director, department: Eastern Studies: Russia and Ukraine, Natalia Stercul
  • Senior Associated Researcher, Victoria Rosa (Bucataru)
  • Program coordinator, Ludmila Nofit
  • Project assistant, Laura Zghibarta
  • Project assistant, Sorin Sclearuc
  • Bookkeeper, Raisa Morosanu