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LSEE Ghita Ionescu Memorial Event Series

LSEE Ghiţă Ionescu Memorial Event Series was a series of events honouring the life and works of former LSE Professor, Ghiţă Ionescu. The series consisted of public lectures, roundtables and workshops inviting high-quality discussion of Romania in a comparative perspective. The events series, which was held both in London at the LSE and in Romania, was organised by LSEE in cooperation with the Romanian Cultural Institute.

The series was officially launched by His Excellency Mr Traian Băsescu the President of Romania on Monday 6 June 2011.

The second event in the series was a policy roundtable dicsussing a broad range of issues currently of significance in Romania and the wider South East European region.

Details of both events including galleries and podcasts, are available below.


                              H.E. Mr Traian Băsescu, President of Romania

  • Date: Monday, 6 June 2011
  • Time: 5.15-6.15 pm
  • Venue: Old Theatre, LSE
  • Speaker: H.E. Mr Traian Băsescu
  • Discussant: Professor Vladimir Tismăneanu
  • Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone

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Traian Băsescu is president of Romania. He was first elected to the post in December 2004, and was re-elected to a second 5-year term in 2009.  He has previously served as mayor of Bucharest, and minister of transportation in the Ciorbea, Vasile, Isărescu, Roman and Stolojan governments. Prior to joining the government, he was a marine officer and merchant navy captain for the Romanian commercial fleet, having graduated in 1976 from the 'Mircea cel Bătrân' Civil Maritime Institute.

Vladimir Tismăneanu is professor of comparative politics and director of the Center for the Study of Post-communist Societies, University of Maryland. He also serves as president of the scientific council of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, Bucharest.

This event was organized together with the Romanian Embassy, London, and with the generous support of the Romanian Cultural Institute. It formed part of the LSE European Institute - APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe Series and was coordinated by LSEE (LSE Research on South Eastern Europe).

A podcast of this event is available: in English| & in Romanian| 


           Policy Roundtable on Administrative and Economic Reform in Romania:
                                                       Lessons for the Region


  • Date: Friday, 24 June 2011
  • Time: 5.00-6.30 pm
  • Venue: Cañada Blanch Room (J116), First Floor, Cowdray House (COW), LSE
  • Speakers: Professor Alan Smith, Ms Monica Macovei & Dr Cătălin Avramescu
  • Chair: Dr John Gledhill

Professor Alan Smith is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at SSEES UCL. He has also taught at the College of Europe in Bruges and at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.

Ms Monica Macovei is a Member of the European Parliament for Romania. As Minister of Justice between 2004 and 2007, she received recognition for being a key figure in the fight against corruption.

Dr Cătălin Avramescu specialises in political and moral philosophy. He is currently a Counsellor of State in the Presidential Chancellery and lectures at Bucharest and Helsinki Universities.

This event is organized with the generous support of the Romanian Cultural Institute.
It forms part of the LSEE Ghiţă Ionescu Memorial Event Series and is coordinated by LSEE. 

The roundtable was followed by a drinks reception organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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