Public Diplomacy meets Identity and Conflict: Two Case Studies

EAIS & 'Theodor Herzl' Center for Israeli Studies - SNSPA, Romania Semminar

7 April Wednesday 

14.00 GMT (London) / 15.00 CET (Warsaw) / 16.00 (EET, Bucharest time) 

In this seminar, two researchers will tackle the questions of Israeli public diplomacy and its links to identity.
The seminar will feature discussions on two main topics: Israeli Public Diplomacy and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Two researchers will engage in conversation with senior academics on these two subjects. 

Discussions will cover, but not be restricted to:
- Two case studies, one on Israeli development aid to Sub-Saharan Africa; and the other on Israeli-Palestinian societal security.
- Political communication issues will be dealt with through two distinctive approaches: the study of public diplomacy; and the study of societal security.
- Different layers of Israeli identity and their manifestations in relation to various actors will be discussed.

Our honoured guest speakers will be Professor Remus Pricopie, Rector of National University of Political Studies and Public Administration and specialist in political communication. Joining them as speakers will be also Dr. Karolina Zielińska and Dr. Calin Georgia. Karolina Zielińska is a research fellow in the Israel Research Programme at the Centre For Eastern Studies, Warsaw Poland. Her expertise is the internal and external policies of the State of Israel. Calin Stefan Georgia has recently defended his PhD in International Relations and is an Assistant Teacher at the Department of International Studies and Contemporary History at Babeş-Bolyai University. We are thrilled by the cooperation and we look forward to the presentations of our speakers.

To attend the online conference, you must register here


About Speakers:

Dr Karolina Zielińska is a graduate of the University of Warsaw Faculty of Political Science and International Studies. She specialises in international relations in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Israel and its internal and external affairs. Karolina is currently a research fellow in the Israel Research Programme at the Centre for Eastern Studies in Warsaw, Poland.

Recently published:

  •  Israeli Development Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa. Soft Power and Foreign Policy, Routledge, 2021.
  •  Israel’s Periphery Doctrine: Prospects for Defining and Studying a Foreign Policy Practice, Politické Vedy / Political Sciences, 2020 (2), 219-245.
  •  Changing borders in a changing region: the civilian dimension and security predicament along the Syrian-Israeli border, Israel Affairs, 2019 (25), 675-698 (with Nir Boms).


Dr. Calin Georgia is a graduate of Babes-Bolyai University and specializes in Societal Security, Cultural Studies, International Relations and Migration, with a strong interest in Islam and phenomena taking
place in the Middle East. His Ph.D. research was focused on the application and further
operationalization of Securitization Theory, working on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict as a case study. Calin is currently an assistant lecturer at the Department of International Studies and Contemporary History of Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Recently published articles:

  • Securitizing “The Other”: A case study on Israeli and Palestinian institutional discourses¸ Romanian Journal of Political Science, 2017, 17 (2), 107-138.
  • Public Administration Under Military Occupation: A presentation of COGAT, in Agora International Journal of Administration Sciences, 2015 (1), 27-32.
  • The integration of Syrian-Armenians in the Republic of Armenia: A case study¸ in the Romanian Journal of Political Sciences, 2014, 14 (2), 57-72.



Prof. Liliana Popescu Vice-Rector of SNSPA

Prof. Joanna Dyduch President of the European Association for Israeli Studies (

Joanna is a political scientist and international relations scholar. Professor at the Department of Israel and Levant (Institute of Middle and Far East Jagiellonian University, Krakow/Poland). Her research interests lie in the area of Israel and European studies.

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