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Mihaela BĂRBIERU, Aspects of political and diplomatic relations of Romania in the first decade of the “reign” of Nicolae Ceaușescu (1965–1975)

Mihaela BĂRBIERU
3rd Degree Scientific Researcher, PhD., “C.S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” Institute for Research in Social Studies and Humanities from Craiova, of the Romanian Academy;
E-mail: miha_barbieru@yahoo.com.

Abstract
The period between IX-XI Congresses of the Communist Party still manages to offer several research themes to historians. Romania’s foreign policy under Ceaușescu is reorientated and the communist leaders, from the desire to get as much power, put a distance from Soviet hegemony. The continuation of diplomatic relations with Israel after the war of six days, condemning the military intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968 or the contrary opinion that our country had in the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CAER) against the proposals from Russia, and developing friendly relations with the European Economic Community , the United States, China, etc. have been enrolled in this line. Nicolae Ceaușescu had also a series of initiatives designed to strengthen Romania′s position abroad , and in this respect, we emphasize the central role in the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975. In the attempt to underline the important role that Romania had on the international scene during Ceaușescu, our study analyzes aspects of Romanian diplomacy and foreign policy in the period 1965-1975.

Keywords
Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CAER), external relations, diplomacy, mediation, foreign policy.

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