DR. CONSTANTIN DEGERATU GEN. (RETIRED) ROMANIA

DR. CONSTANTIN DEGERATU GEN. (RETIRED) ROMANIA

Professor Constantin Degeratu is a retired four-star general who ended his tenure as Senior Security and Defense Advisor to the President of Romania in December, 2009. Before, he served as the Chief of Staff for General Defense of the Romania Armed Forces (1997-2000), and Secretary General of Ministry of Defense.

During the period of 2001-2004 he worked as a Professor of Central-European Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

He also lectured as a guest speaker at the Harriman Institute for War and Peace at Columbia University (2009), New York University (2014) and Georgetown University (2014). He has also had a remarkable career in academia as Professor of Political Science and Director of a Master’s Programs on Security and Defense Studies at the Dimitrie Cantemir University in Bucharest, Romania (2008-2014).

Currently, he is continuing his term as professor-invitee at University of Bucharest and Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His scholastic career also includes a wide variety of teaching engagements, most notably at the National Defense College/NDU Bucharest, National Intelligence Academy, Bucharest, and IDR/Romanian Diplomatic Institute, as well as active participation in conferences, international seminars and round table debates.

A graduate of the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies in London (1995), General Degeratu enjoyed an impressive military career that, apart of his highest position as the Chief of Staff of General Defense (CHOD) of Romania (1997-2000), includes several other senior positions such as: Secretary General of the Ministry of National Defense (2000-2001), Deputy Chief of the Directorate for Military Operations (J3)/General Defense Staff (1996), and Chief of Military Operation Branch at 4th Army Headquarters in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1990-1994).

His area of expertise, professional interest and research encompasses security assessment national security strategy formulation, defense planning, military strategy and military operations, strategic, operational and tactical leadership, democratization of the armed forces, global, international and European security (Central, Eastern and South-East Europe; South Caucasus, Black Sea, the Mediterranean Region and the Middle East); defense and military reform and transformation, peace-keeping, peace support operation, and post-conflict reconstructio). He also served as consultant for International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (2004-2006). His professional studies include extensive research on crisis and conflict management, civil-military relations, homeland security, counter-terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, regional cooperation and arms control, Russian studies, international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflicts, and economic, energy and business security.

Gen. Degeratu has published a number of books, studies and articles on security and defense studies, war and peace, military strategy, Romania national security, NATO enlargement and NATO-PfP.

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