Oana Cosmina Mihalache received a Fulbright Research Award in the USA and is currently hosted by Columbia University, where she is affiliated at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Her research focus is on the conceptual and empirical connection between military interventions and sovereignty in the post-Cold War period. More specifically, she is interested in the literature pertaining to conflict studies, state failure and state formation, domestic and international order.
Oana is a PhD candidate at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. She holds a Master’s Degree in Security Diplomacy with a thesis entitled “Counterinsurgency and the Information Revolution in Military Affairs. Iraq and Afghanistan, the tactical and strategic fallacies of high-tech COIN” and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science – both at the same institution. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication Studies obtained at the University of Bucharest.
She published articles in various journals on the state-building processes following the interventions in Bosnia and Libya, on democratization and conflict and on NATO’s involvement in post-Cold War interventions.
Her work experience includes previous positions as a political advisor at the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament, consultant for the World Bank in Romania, political journalist and communication executive.