RISAP’s story began in 2014, when two young researchers laid the foundation of the main Romanian think tank focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

Since then, RISAP stood out as an important research center for the Asia-Pacific region, both in Romania and in Europe.

RISAP’s mission is to increase the visibility and understanding of the Asia-Pacific region in Romania and in Europe and to create a network of young experts focused on this region.

RISAP’s main objectives


Supporting European research on topics related to the geopolitics, economics, politics, sociology, history and culture of the Asia-Pacific.


Informing the public about the events and developments in the Asia-Pacific.

Supporting young researchers

Nurturing a community of young researchers specialized on the Asia-Pacific


Building a network of European experts on the Asia-Pacific region.

Classes and Events

Organizing conferences, debates, classes, seminars, workshops and summer schools.

Now that you know our story, it’s time for you to meet...




Andrei is the co-founder and researcher at RISAP. His research interests focus on China’s foreign policy and its domestic politics, Sino-American relations, Europe-China relations and the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific.

Andrei holds a Master’s Degree in Geopolitics and International Relations and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.



Andreea is co-founder of RISAP and researcher on the Belt and Road Initiative, the geopolitics, geostrategy and geoeconomics of China.

Andreea holds a Master’s Degree in Security Studies from the University of Bucharest and a PhD with a focus on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its impact on the international system from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, in Bucharest.

Andreea Leonte



Andreea is researcher at RISAP. She is passionate about the culture and foreign policy trends in Asia. She is fluent in Mandarin and she pursued a Master of law in Chinese Business and Commercial Law, in Beijing.

After completing her studies, Andreea began researching China’s foreign policy, environmental protection policy and regional geopolitical dynamics.



Andreea Zaharia

Andreea is interested in international relations and security issues related to the Korean Peninsula. Her career started with a Master's Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest.

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George Boghean

George is passionated about Japan and he is focused especially on Japan's foreign policy. He holds a Master's Degree in history and diplomacy at the University of Bucharest.


Valentina Crivăț

Valentina is a Mandarin speaker and as a young student she developed a passion for China. She is interested on law, foreign affairs and China-EU relations. Valentina started her career as a diplomat in China. She graduated with a master’s degree in law at China University of Political Science and Law


Alexandra Roșca

Alexandra holds a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Economics from the Academy of Business Studies in Bucharest. Her research interest focus on the international relations, diplomacy and geopolitics of Asia, and her main country of interest is Russia.


Silviu Petre

Silviu is an independent researcher and his field of study addresses various topics related to international relations, especially those in South Asia. He obtained his doctorate with the thesis "India's war on terrorism. Between implosion and regional hegemony" and is the author of the book "India and regional hegemony," published by Tritonic.


Georgiana Boboc

Georgiana is passionate about studying foreign languages and Asian cultures, which led her to study Chinese, but also Korean. Georgiana is a graduate of China Foreign Affairs University and her interests are connected to China's foreign policy, the role of the Chinese state in the international arena and its relations with major players such as the United States and Russia.