Turkey's Turn? April 10-11, 2014 The Fletcher School

Beatrice Faurescu , MIB 2015, Romania

Beatrice Faurescu, MIB 2015

As a Fletcher student from Romania, what makes Turkey unique and interesting?

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Eastern bloc proved to be a unique opportunity for the development of new trade patterns and associations, with Turkey poised to play a vital role in future relations of the region. Turkey shares with Romania a common cultural heritage arising from the Ottoman Empire’s former dominance of the Balkans and part of Eastern Europe, and it has been one of the major foreign direct investors in Romania since the early 1990s.

Ethnic Turks have been living in Dobruja part of Romania peacefully alongside Romanians for centuries. As a result of these historical and cultural ties, Turkey has played a constructive role in the region’s development, particularly through the efforts of non-governmental organizations, a fact that has led to good relations, both on an official and private level, and excellent cultural dialogue.

What do you aim to learn by attending the Turkey's Turn? Conference?

I wish to further my own insight into Turkey’s role in the Middle East and South Eastern Europe, as well as Turkey’s own future and perceptions of its place in the world, in order to gain a better understanding of how Turkey tries to balance its priorities and alliances, especially its potential membership to the EU.

How do you plan to put your Fletcher education to use when you graduate?

Having access to the resources of the MIB program gives me the advantage of a deeper understanding of current global issues. By combining a focus on international business with more traditional elements of an International Relations curriculum, I feel that I get the benefit of both the “hard” and the “soft” skills necessary to perform in the global world of today. I am looking forward to work for international projects with a focus on banking or financial inter-mediation.


  • Romanian
  • Turkish

Fields of Study

  • International Finance and Banking
  • International Political Economy

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • International Business Club
  • Finance Club

Education before Fletcher

  • Romanian-American University, Bucharest, Romania - School of Law

Experience before Fletcher

  • Group Legal and Compliance Manager, Eureko BV, Romania and Garantibank International NV, Romania

Why Turkey Now?

Dean James Stavridis

"The key question is not whether Turkey will play a global role, but rather what is the Turkish role globally."

Admiral James Stavridis, USN
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO