Who we are
The SNSPA is the main school of government in Romania. Its institutional outlook is oriented towards promoting and putting into practice a link between the academic process and the real transformation of Romania and is concerned with developing democratic spirit. Thus, the SNSPA is constantly pursuing the objective of training professionals capable of contributing, through their skills and knowledge, to the creation and implementation of public policies in state institutions, to the development of the country’s international relations, to the management of private businesses, to the optimization of the communication process and to the construction of country/company branding strategies.
In accordance with this mission, the SNSPA produces, promotes and conveys knowledge through its education, research and debate activities. The SNSPA develops professional competencies in the field of social and political science, public administration, economy and public relations. It also contributes to the national and international developments and transformations in these fields, in the spirit of democratic values and principles and of openness to European and international cooperation. SNSPA activity resulted in intensive research: the study of the Holocaust, gender studies and other. In this context, in October 2012, by a Decision of SNSPA’ Senate, it was founded at the Faculty of Political Science the Center for Israeli Studies.
The establishment of the Center enrolled to an important direction of academic politics of SNSPA, to promote the regional studies, in order to facilitate the knowledge of political realities in various geographical areas. The Center for Israeli Studies (CIS) at the National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA) aims to advance the knowledge and to provide a rigorous academic perspective on issues pertaining to the Israeli government, politics and society. CIS was created in order to provide a more nuanced analysis and an academic alternative to the journalistic or one-sided approaches.
Also, one of the principles of CIS is to distance itself from politicized or propagandistic positions. The need for such a center is motivated by the necessity to analyse diverse perspectives of Israel.
Although we have recently witnessed the emergence of Romanian research centres and graduate programs of regional studies that satisfy the student’s interest in scrutinizing different areas of the world, until recently there has been no center for Israeli studies. The importance of such a center lies in the fact that Israel is situated in one of the most significant and complex regions of the world and has unique socio-political traits. Without understanding these traits, we cannot have a complete image of the Middle East. The activity of the center will focus on the analysis of Zionism, as movement and national ideology, and on a thorough analysis of Israel’s political, economic and social relations.
The Center for Israeli Studies is functioning under the active surveillance of Prof. Dr. Liviu Rotman, Head of the CSIs, accompanied during the years of current functioning by the following assistants: Dr. Horia Bărbulescu( 2012-2014), Dr. Gabriela Ion( 2014-2015), and ever since 2015 until the present time, Dr. Ildiko Galeru.