By Daniel Stroe – Bucharest
Romania’s ambassador to NATO, Sorin Ducaru, has been appointed assistant to NATO’s secretary-general for emerging security risks, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today.
NATO’s secretary-general Andres Fogh Rasmussen informed the North-Atlantic Council today, one day before a planned visit to Bucharest, about his decision to appoint Sorin Ducaru as his assistant for emergency security risks following a contest organized early May.
Ambassador Ducaru is a career diplomat who has worked for the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for about 20 years. His professional experience includes the activity within the political analysis department, as an adviser to the minister and spokesman of the ministry and head of the NATO department of the ministry.
As an ambassador, he represented Romania at the United Nations, United States and NATO, holding for the last 17 months the position of Dean of the North-Atlantic Council. In the new position to take in October 2013, Sorin Ducaru will lead the emergent security risks division within NATO.
“Romania holding his position within NATO’s leadership represents, beyond confirming the Romanian competences, an acknowledgment of Romania’s role, contributions and strategic profile in NATO, as well as an important result of the ministry’s strategy of active promotion of Romanian candidacies for holding high responsibility and influential positions within international organizations, especially in EU and NATO” Romanian minister of Foreign Affairs, Titus Corlatean, said.
NATO’s leadership includes, along the secretary-general position and a deputy secretary-general, seven head of divisions who have a rank of assistant to the secretary-general. Since the number of these positions is inferior to the number of member states, they are attributed following a competency contest reserved to candidates from the member states.
The emergent security risks is one of NATO’s political divisions founded in 2010, along with the new strategic concept, and it deals with drawing up and promoting NATO’s policies and programs envisaging the security threats of the 21st century.
The division manages threats such as cyber-defense, energetic security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and the alliance’s strategic analysis capability.
Ducaru’s appointment comes one day before NATO’s secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen starts a two day visit to Romania following an invitation from the Romanian Presidency. Rasmussen will meet President Traian Basescu, PM Victor Ponta, minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlatean, and the Defense minister, Mircea Dusa. He will also be granted a Doctor Honoris Causa title by the Bucharest University.