Description: The international border between Moldova and Romania is a fluvial boundary, following the course of the Prut and Danube. The boundary is 681.3 kilometres long, including 570 metres along the Danube. It is also an external border of the European Union and NATO. This is a border that divides two independent countries and unites folks that have very deep historical relations.
Romania is part of the European Union and NATO, member of OECD and a forthcoming member of the Schengen area; while Moldova is member of CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) and part of NATO’s program “Partnership for Peace”. Both countries are members of such international organizations as UN, the Council of Europe, OSCE and WTO and other.
There are eight official border crossing points along the Moldavian-Romanian border (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova%E2%80%93Romania_border).
Project’s research team shall be analysing the general “climate” of trans-border cooperation and networking between Romania and Moldova and will select a few particular geographical locations for in-depth analysis and detailed empirical observations.
Dr. Alexander Chvorostov: Team leader and Director of the “Center of Comparative Eurasian Studies and Surveys” at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria (www.ihs.ac.at/ceass )
Dr. Natalia Waechter: Senior Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria, Lecturer at the Department of Educational Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Lecturer at the Institute for European Studies (IES), Vienna. Since 2010 she is European president of the Sociology of Youth (RC34) of the International Sociological Association.
Prof. Alexandru Burian: President of the International Law Association of The Republic of Moldova (since 2001), Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies of the European University of Moldova (since 2009), former Vice-Minister of the Republic of Moldova for Foreign Affairs and European Integration (1994-1995), Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Germany, Kingdom of Spain and Kingdom of Denmark (from 1995 till 1997), Deputy in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova (1990-194).
Dr. Aliona Cara-Rusnac, Master in Law is teaching immigration law at the American Studies Centre, Moldova State University. She was involved in following international projects as project coordinator: (1). HERA, Network from Combating Human Trafficking in Central and Southern Europe, Republic of Moldova (2007-2008), (2) Promoting rule of law and democracy (2006-2007), , financed by the Public European Law Centre from Greece. She was Fulbright Scholar in US, Minnesota; she researched the topic “Problems of Moldovans immigrants’ integration in US”.
Dr. Olyana Kindibalyk, Master in Political Science and International Relations, has been involved in following international projects:(1) International Summer School and Distance Learning Program ”Security, Nationality and Citizenship” – 2007-2008, ERSTE Stiftung, Austrian Development Cooperation, Hilfswerk Austria and Centre for Peace Initiatives, Democracy Changes and Conflict Resolution (Kishinev, the Republic of Moldova). (2) Summer School ”The authority and the society in history: the geopolitical changes in post-soviet space end of the XIX siècle - beginning of the XX siècle”, 2009 The International Associations of History Institutes of CSI countries, and Institute of History, State and Law of The Academy of Science of Moldova.
Dr. Elena Bobcova (Ph.D. in Sociology), Director of the NGO The independent centre of analytical researches the “New Age”, Tiraspol. She was project coordinator of following projects: (1) Project “IMPACT” Romanian Peace Institute (PATRIR) (2007-2009), Cluj-Napoca, Romania NGO “Centre for Strategic Studies and Reforms NGO “New Age” (Tiraspol); (2) Sociological research (2009) – “The perception of Moldova’s and Transnistria’s residents towards Russia, the West and Each other”, financed by UK embassy in Moldova; (3). Sociological monitoring (2008-2010)– “Human rights in public opinion of the citizens of Transdniestria”.
Dr. Victor Cebotari is a postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Currently, he is an Ernst Mach grantee at CEEAS-Center within the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. Dr. Cebotari’s general expertise lies in the field of ethnicity, identity, European politics, and migration dynamics. Apart from his main research activities, Dr. Cebotari is also actively involved in coordinating and lecturing various courses at Maastricht University, the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT), and the University College Maastricht. In addition, he is part of various research and training projects commissioned by UNICEF, NUFFIC, NWO, and the European Commission.
In addition, the team is closely collaborating with experts from Romanian and Moldovan governmental agencies, research organizations and civil society organizations.