January 26, 2022

Romanian Ambassador Visit PostponedRussia, Ukraine, and Nato: the first line of defense

Russia, Ukraine, and NATO: The First Line of Defense

Lecture by Andrei Muraru, Romanian Ambassador to the United States


Speaker Bio:

Andrei Muraru has been accredited by the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the United States on July 7, 2021. The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, accepted his Letters of Credence on September 15, 2021.

Andrei Muraru (born 1982) holds a PhD in History (2011) from the University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” in Iași, as well as an MA (2007) and BA (2005) in History from the same university.

He had worked at the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) – a governmental agency coordinated by the Romanian PM – since its foundation (2006), holding different offices, from expert-researcher to Executive President (2012-2014). Between 2006 and 2009, he acted as counselor within the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Romania and was also personal advisor to the General Director of the National Archives of Romania (CNSAS). He was also a member of the Administrative Board of the Romanian Television (2014). Between July and December 2014, he was personal advisor to the President of the National Liberal Party, Klaus Iohannis.

Between 2014 and 2021, Andrei Muraru was Senior Advisor to the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, at the Presidential Administration, serving as the head of the Department of Relationship with Public Authorities and Civil Society.

Andrei Muraru is a university lecturer at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (Department of International Relations and European Integration) and scientific researcher III at The Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania.

He was an Erasmus-Socrates student at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2004-2005), as well as a Doctoral Fellow at New Europe College (2009-2010) and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2010-2011). He received a doctoral scholarship funded by a POSDRU program (2008-2011). Andrei Muraru received a postdoctoral fellowship at Yad Vashem - The International Institute for Holocaust Research for the year 2020.

He is the author of the volume “Vișinescu, the Forgotten Torturer: the Prison, the Crimes, the Trial” (Polirom Publishing House, 2018), the coordinator of several volumes – “The Book of the Romanian Communist Prisons 1945-1967” (Polirom, 2008), “The King, the Communists and the Crown: The True History of Michael I's Abdication” (together with Alexandru Muraru; Polirom Publishing House, 2017), “The 1989 Revolution. Winners and Losers” (together with Anneli Ute Gabanyi, Alexandru Muraru, Daniel Sandru; Polirom Publishing House, 2020), and co-author of “A History of Communism in Romania. High-School Handbook” (Polirom Publishing House, 2008, 2nd edition 2009, 3rd edition 2014), the only existing handbook about communism in Romania.

He has frequently published studies and reviews in peer-reviewed journals and participated in numerous international conferences and has recurrent contributions on recent history topics.

He was awarded, by H.M. King Michael I, the Medal “King Michael for Loyalty” for his contribution to the historiography of the Romanian monarchy (2008) and he was granted the distinction of Officer in the Order of the Crown for his activity as head of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) (2015). In 2019, Andrei Muraru was awarded the ”Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the President of the Italian Republic, H.E. Sergio Mattarella.


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