Alex Olteanu

Alex (Codin) Olteanu

Doctoral Candidate


Political Studies

Doctoral Candidate

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B303

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Brief Biography

Mr. C. Alexander Olteanu is a PhD student at Queen’s University, Canada, where he also obtained his BA (with Distinction) in Political Studies and Spanish. He is currently working on the ‘New NATO Project’ investigating how NATO and the EU adapted to the post-Cold War environment during the critical 1989-1993 period and is completing the Public Leadership Credential at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is also a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Studies and a Researcher with the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University.

 Previously, Alex completed a Masters (Research) with Distinction in Global Security Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Alex has been active for over three decades in the legal profession and has taught business management, law, and social science courses at post-secondary institutions in Canada and Iraq. He appears regularly on British Columbia’s Rompost TV show as a political commentator for the local Romanian community is a former 2. Lieutenant in the CAF Reserves and is fluent in five languages.

Research Interests

Alex is particularly interested in social entrepreneurship projects focusing on the theory and practice of public and private organizational design, adaptation and change, and the emergence of post-sovereign structures of governance and citizenship, beyond the boundaries of nation-states. He focuses in particular on the history of and current developments in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. 

Teaching Assistant at Queen’s (2020-2022):

  • POLS 332: Politics of Post-Communism
  • POLS 261: Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 244: Comparative Politics: Democracy and Democratization
  • POLS 243: Comparative Politics: Governing Difference
  • POLS 242: Comparative Politics: Political Regimes

Selected Publications

“Re-casting the EU’s democratic deficit dilemma beyond the intergovernmentalist-integrationist debate”, Student Strategy and Security Journal 2 (2), June 2022.

“The Good Friday Agreement, the Civic Forum and the Fate of Deliberative Consociationalism in Northern Ireland”, Student Strategy and Security Journal 2 (1), February  2022

Grazia Scoppio, Sara Greco, CA Olteanu, “Transitioning from Exclusion to Integration and Ultimately Inclusion: Enabling Greater Participation of Immigrants/Non-citizens in Countries’ Armed Forces” CIDP Policy Brief, Vol. 7, Issue 5, October 2021

“The Hexagonal Cast, Post-imperial Nationalities and the Rise of Illiberal Democracies: A Hungarian Case Study’”, Student Strategy and Security Journal 1 (3), May 2021

“Required Reading for A New Trans-Atlantic Grand Strategy: Thucydides’ Trap or Tocqueville’s Treatise?”, Student Strategy and Security Journal 1 (2), September 2020; (

“Ideas of Power and the Power of Ideas: Alignment, Application, Adaptation, Articulation in Jomini and Clausewitz’s Studies of Strategy”, Student Strategy and Security Journal 1 (1), May 2020; (

 “The Transatlantic Tetrarchy: From Crisis to Convergence in the Connexity  Era” (CRÆDO Press, forthcoming, January 2023);

“The Seventh Republic and the Rise of POTUS 2.0” (CRÆDO Press, April 2019);

"Britain Beyond Brexit: Charting a Clear Course” (CRÆDO Press, February 2019);

“Brexit Revisited: Rejection, Revolution, Reformation”, European Financial Review (Aug.-Sept. 2016); (

“Stronger United – A Stronger UK in a United Europe: How to Win the Brexit Battle and What To Do the Day After” (CRÆDO Press, April 2016);

“Taking the Lafayette Gambit” (CRÆDO Press, 2015) and producer of a documentary with the same name. (