Geopolitics of the Romanian Migration and the Future of European Demography with Alexandru-Valentin Duţu

The event will take place on November 15th, Room 102, Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, Panduri Campus at 5:00 pm.

 Abstract:

In today’s global social context, it is easy to disconsider the link between power and human spacial mobility. Often times, one measures power through a geopolitical actor’s ability to impose strength above all else, or what is called hard power. However, power comes in many forms and can be aquired and lost through means which have no immediate connection to instruments of strength.

Such is the case of migration. Looked at through the lens of a geopolitician, migration is more than just a social fact – even if it is a total sociological phenomenon. Migration, thus becomes an instrument by which one gains or loses power and ne’s ability to project power in one’s own sphere of influence. It is easy, in today’s European context, to overlook such facts, but, more and more, European demography requires us to revisit these aspects of migration in order to ensure security. In an ageing Europe, geopolitics shows how migration – regardless of the social actor’s motivation – becomes a source of new generations, generations of Europeans gathered from the periphery of the continent in a bid to slow the changing culture and civilisation of the Old World.

Romania’s migration patterns are linked to this process and, in this course, we will discuss historical patterns of Romanian migration, how migration has enhanced and reduced Romania’s power and national security and how Romania can use migration in order to ensure its own stock of future generations.

Key words: power, migration, national security, geopolitics, geopolitical ensemble.

 

Short BIO: Alexandru-Valentin Duţu is a Romanian sociologist specialized in International Relations, European Studies and Security Studies with a focus on European and Romanian security issues. Currently he acts as an Expert at the Romanian Cultural Institute, at the Directory for Romanians Outside Borders, where he conceptualizes and implements cultural programs, projects and actions for Romanian communities from the recent diaspora and the historical Romanian regions. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Bucharest, awarded for the thesis Romania’s National Security in the Current European Context. He has published articles on Russia’s geopolitical imperatives and Basque terrorism in the Romanian Academy’s publications. As a sociologist, he was one of the few young researchers chosen to participate in the second field study designed to explore the Romanian communities in the Autonomous Region of Madrid, Spain, which took place in 2008.

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