July 17, 2008Michael Radu

Mr. Michael S. Radu
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), Philadelphia, PA; and Senior Fellow and Co-Chairman, Center on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security

Topic:  U.S.-Europe Counter Terrorism—Perceptions, Performance and Cooperation


  • Ph.D., Political Science/International Relations, Columbia University , New York, 1981

  • M.A., Political Science, Columbia University, 1980

  • Certificate, Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, 1979

  • Certificate, Institute on Western Europe, Columbia University, 1978

  • Doctorate (ABD), Medieval West European History, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1975: Relations between Scholasticism and Gothic in Mediterranean Europe.

  • M.A., Philosophy, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1975

  • M.A., Art and Romanian History, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, 1970

Present position:

  • Senior Fellow and Co – Chairman, Center on Terrorism, Counter terrorism and Homeland Security, Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), Philadelphia

  • Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, since 1982

  • Columnist, http://frontpagemag.com, since 2001

Previous positions:

  • Columnist, Romania Libera, (http://www.romanialibera.ro, Bucharest, Romania (2006 - 2007)

  • Contributing Editor, Orbis, 1992-2006

  • Columnist, Arena Politicii, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, 1996-98

  • Editor and co-founder, Agora (Romanian language quarterly, published by FPRI), 1987-91

  • Research Fellow, FPRI, 1981-83

  • Research Fellow, Institute on East Central Europe, Columbia University, 1982

  • Research Assistant, Institute on East Central Europe, Columbia University, 1977-81

  • Curator of the West European Art Collection, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu/Hermannstadt, Romania, 1970-1975

Teaching Appointments:

  • Lecturer, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogota, Colombia, November 2007 – Comparative Counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency

  • Visiting Professor, St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, Fall 2000 – Comparative Politics

  • Visiting Professor, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey - Fall 1999: Government and Politics in Latin America

  • Lecturer, Temple University, Philadelphia,  Fall 1993

  • Visiting Professor, Dept. of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Fall 1986: Comparative Politics: “Latin American and African revolutionary regimes and movements”; “Politics of Sub - Saharan Africa’s revolutionary states: Congo, Angola, Mozambique.”

Awards and Distinctions:

  • US State Department speaker, Seoul, South Korea, 2005, Athens and Thesaloniki, Greece, April 2005

  • Member, Editorial Board, Revue des Sciences Politiques, Craiova, Romania – since 2005

  • Member, International Advisory Board, Review of International Law and Politics,
     Rilp (Uluslararasi Hukuk Ve Politika – Uhp) 
    University of Bahçeşehir,  Istanbul (since 2003)

  • Member, Senior Research Council, Cuba Transition Project, Institute of Cuban and Cuban American Studies, University of Miami, since 2002

  • Research Travel Grantee, International Research Exchange (IREX), 1995/96 - Moldova, Romania and the Czech Republic

  • Appreciation, United States Department of State, for services as International Polling Station Officer, Cambodia 1993

  • National Peace Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford, 1984-1985

  • Member, Editorial Board, Strategic Review, Institute for Strategic Studies, University of Pretoria, since 1986

  • Member, election monitoring delegations to:

  • Cambodia - general elections (United Nations monitor), May 1993

  • Romania - Presidential and congressional elections (US private organization), May 1990

  • Peru - Presidential and congressional elections (US private organization), March and April 1990

  • Guatemala - Presidential and congressional elections (US private organization), November 1985



Books and monographs: 

  • Europe’s ghost. Islamism and jihad in Western Europe (forthcoming)

  • The War on Terrorism. A collection of FPRI essays, 2001 – 2007, editor (with Stephen Gale and Harvey Sicherman), Transaction Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2007

  • Dilemmas of Democracy and Dictatorship: Place, Time and Ideology, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2006

  • Islamist and Terrorist Groups in Asia, Mason Crest Publishers, Philadelphia, 2005

  • The Cuban transition: Lessons from the Romanian experience, Cuba Transition Project, University of Miami, Miami 2003

  • Dangerous Neighborhood: Contemporary issues in Turkey’s Foreign Policy, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 2002, Editor and principal contributor

  • Collapse or decay? Cuba and the East European transitions from communism, Endowment for Cuban American Studies, Miami, 1997

  • The New Insurgents. Anti-communist guerrillas in the Third World, Transaction Books, New Brunswick, 1990, editor and main contributor

  • Latin American Revolutionaries. Groups, goals, methods (with Vladimir Tismaneanu), main author, Pergamon Press, New York 1990

  • Dynamics of Soviet Policies in Sub Saharan Africa, (with Arthur J. Klinghoffer), main author, Holt & Meyer, New York, 1990

  • The People’s Republic of Congo (main author, with Keith Somerville), in Benin, The Congo and Burkina Faso, London, Frances Pinter Publishers, London, 1989

  • Violence and the Latin American revolutionaries, Transaction Books, New Brunswick, 1988, Editor and main contributor.

  • Africa in the Post-decolonization Era, Transaction Books, New Brunswick, 1984, co-editor (with Richard Bissell)

  • Eastern Europe and the Third World, Praeger, New York, 1981. Editor and principal contributor.

Scholarly articles and chapters in published volumes:

  • “Cultural changes, immigration and transatlantic relations”, in  W.A. Hay and H. Sicherman, editors, Is there still a West? The future of the Atlantic Alliance, University of Missouri Press, Columbia 2007, pp. 59-88

  • “The other side of democratic transition,” Democracy at Large, vol.2 , no.3, 2006 pp. 28-30

  • “The Latin American Vortex, “Journal of International  Security Affairs , No. 9, Fall 2005, pp. 13-18

  • “Russia’s Problem.: the Chechens or Islamic Terrorists?”, Society, Vol. 42, No. 1, November/December 2004, pp. 10 - 11

  • “A matter of Identity: The anti-Americanism of Latin American intellectuals,” in Paul Hollander, editor, Understanding anti-Americanism. Its origins and impact at home and abroad, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago, 2004, pp. 144-164

  • “Radical Islam and suicide bombers,” in Arthur B. Shostak, editor, Turning point: The rocky road to peace and reconstruction, Chelsea House, Philadelphia, 2004, pp. 81-84

  • “Terrorism is Free Speech,” Revista de Stiinte Politice/Revue des Sciences Politiques,  Nr. 1,2/2004, Universitatea din Craiova , Craiova, Romania, pp. 21-26

  • “The war on Terrorism is not an American war,” Insight Turkey, Istanbul, 4, November-December 2001

  • “This Afghan War Is Different,” Naval Institute Proceedings, December 2001, Vol. 127/12/1,186

  • “The Rise and Fall of the PKK,” Orbis, Winter 2001, pp. 47-63.

  • “Festina lente; United States and Cuba after Castro. What the Experience in Eastern Europe suggests,” Studies In Comparative International Development, Vol. 34, no.4, Winter 2000, pp. 7–23; article also published as “Festina lente; United States and Cuba after Castro,”  in Irving Louis Horowitz and Jaime Suchlicki editors, Cuban Communism, Tenth edition, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick (USA) and London,  2001,  pp. 768-86

  •  “The political and strategic significance of changes in Eastern Europe,” Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Pretoria, May 1990, pp. 1-13

  • Entries on Benin and Congo, in Richard Staar, ed., Yearbook on International Communist Affairs, The Hoover Institution, Stanford, 1984 through 1991

  • Entries on Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, in Richard Staar, ed., Yearbook on International Communist Affairs, The Hoover Institution, Stanford, 1986 through 1991

  • “Eastern Europe and Sub Saharan Africa,” in Dennis L. Bark, editor, The Red Orchestra. II The case of Africa, Hoover Institution Press, 1988

  • “Eastern Europe and Latin America”, in Eusebio Mujal-León, ed., The Soviet Union in Latin America, Allen & Unwin, London and New York, 1988

  • “The African National Congress. Cadres and Credo,” Problems of Communism, May/June 1987

  • “The Origins and Evolution of the Nicaraguan Insurgencies, 1979-1985,” FPRI Occasional paper No. 1, March 1986; reprinted in Orbis, Winter 1986; The World & I, May 1986; Revista Occidental (in Spanish), 1987, and Mark Falcoff and Robert Royal, eds., The Continuing Crisis, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., 1987

  • “Soviet Proxy Assets in Central America and the Caribbean,” in Dennis L. Bark, editor, The Red Orchestra. Instruments of Soviet Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, The Hoover Institution, 1986

  • “The Structure of the Salvadoran Left” Orbis, Winter 1985

  • “Terror, Terrorism, and Insurgency in Latin America,” Orbis, Spring 1984, partially reprinted in Walter Laqueur and Yonah Alexander, eds., The Terrorism Reader (Penguin Books, New York, 1987)

  • “Africa in the 1980s:  The End of Innocence,” in Richard Bissell and Michael Radu, eds., Africa in the Post-Decolonization Era (Transaction Books, 1984)

  • “Mozambique: Nonalignment or New Dependence?” Current History, March 1984

  • Entries on Angola, Benin, Mozambique, Congo, and Romania in George Delury, ed., World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties (Facts on File, New York, 1983)

  • “Ideology, Parties, and Foreign Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Orbis, Winter 1982

  • “Romania and the Angolan Movements, 1971-1975,” South African Journal of African Affairs, November 1979

Conference papers and presentations (partial listing):

  • Counter terrorism in Europe and the United States – a comparative view, FAES, Madrid Obctober 2007

  • Lecture, "Causes of Terrorism" at the Joint Special Operations University, Harlburt Field, FLA, June 4, 2007

  • “The new aspects of international terrorism,” Preventive Force Conference, The Hoover Institution And Stanford Institute For International Studies, Stanford, May 25, 2005 - May 27, 2005
  • “Non Islamic terrorism, “ Presentation, Begin - Sadat Center, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, February 15, 2005
  •  “The Military and the Fall of communism in Romania,” presented at the Conference on The Politics of Military Extrication. Lessons for Cuba, Arrabida Monastery, Setúbal, Portugal, September 21-22, 2000, organized by Georgetown and Miami universities and the National Democratic Institute.

  • “The PKK,” Conference on Toxic Terror, sponsored by the Monterrey Institute of International Studies, Washington, D.C., March 20, 2000

  • “The PKK and the future of terrorism in Turkey,” presentation at the Conference on Turkey in the Year 2000 and beyond, sponsored by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, Washington, D.C., October 1, 1999

  • “PKK terrorism in Turkey: structure and prospects,” Conference on Turkey and the United States, Istanbul, June 28-29, 1999


Opinion articles (op-eds) in The Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor,  National Review Online, FrontPage Magazine,  Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chicago Tribune, McLean’s (Toronto), Washington Times, Insight Magazine, Newsday, Oiga (Lima, Peru), El Comercio (Lima, Peru), Zaman (Istanbul), Asia Times. Articles on South Africa, Chad, Romania, El Salvador in The World & I (Washington, D.C.) between 1990-97.

 (February 1999); Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), (February 1999).

Radio and/press interviews: Associated Press; Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe (New York); National Public Radio; Voice of America; over 100 on Philadelphia stations; 12 on Radio Free Europe (Washington and Munich); 10 on Radio Liberty (Washington); Radio Marti; Radio Lagos (Nigeria); 10 on National Public Radio (NPR) stations in Minneapolis/St Paul; Seattle; Madison; San Francisco; Portland; Chicago; Radio Canada International; frequent contributions to BBC International, BBC en Espanol, BBC in Romanian; Radio France International;  Semana (Bogota), El Mercurio (Santiago, Chile); El Universal (Guayaquil, Ecuador); Evenimentul Zilei (Bucharest, Romania)

Congressional Testimonies

  • U.S. Senate, Committee on Foreign Relations, June 1988, on the African National Congress and Black South African Politics

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Africa, January 1987, on the African National Congress of South Afric

U.S. Government contracts (unclassified)

  • -“Mexican and Peruvian Answers to Marxist Insurgencies, 1980–1997: A Comparative   Analysis,” DIA Contract # MDA 90897 M 7302, September 25, 1997.

  • -Political Control in Cuba: Eastern European precedents, USIA/Radio Marti, 1995

  • -Cuba’s Transition: institutional adaptation and change. lessons from Eastern Europe, USIA/Radio Marti, 1994

  • -Diasporas and Post-communist transitions: some lessons and implications, USIA/Radio Marti, 1993

  • -Revolutionary Leadership in the Third World, Central Intelligence Agency, 1989-90

  • -Soviet Activities in Sub Saharan Africa, Defense Intelligence Agency, 1988-89

  • -Revolutionary Groups in Latin America, Defense Intelligence Agency, 1986-87

  • -Military Coups in Sub Saharan Africa, Central Intelligence Agency, 1985

  • -Islam and Politics in Sub Saharan Africa, Defense Intelligence Agency, 1983-84

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