Oana Popescu Zamfir

Oana Popescu Zamfir

Oana Popescu-Zamfir is director and founder of GlobalFocus Center, an independent foreign policy and strategic analysis think-tank, and former State Secretary for EU Affairs. She is also an international consultant and media commentator, as well as writer and lecturer. She coordinates international research, public and expert strategy events and is editor-in-chief of the GlobalFocus regional affairs quarterly 'Eastern Focus'. Her expertise covers mainly geopolitics and security in the EU/NATO neighbourhood, transatlantic relations, global political risk and strategic analysis, hybrid threats, EU affairs, democratisation and post-conflict stabilisation, shifting models of governance. Oana was a Fulbright scholar at Yale University, with executive studies at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and St Andrew's University.

“The EU accession process is a coaching exercise to transform North Macedonia into a proper European democracy”

Interview Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of North Macedonia.
You have reached a historic agreement with your Greek counterparts on the name issue. But has it come at the wrong time for the EU? There seems to be a sense of panic in Brussels that whatever is to happen about the Western Balkans needsto happen before the European elections or it may not happen at all, if the populists and nationalists register significant wins. Are you going to have enough support from within the EU as you implement the reform process?