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November 17, 2018

Alianta Gala Saturday Activities

Saturday, November 17, 2018 Alianta Breakfast at Cafe Deluxe www.cafedeluxe.com Located at 2201 M Street NW; Washington D.C. 20037 Hours 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Come to our […]
November 11, 2018

Life of Queen Marie featured theme of Alianta Gala

  Queen Marie: Multi-media perspectives On December 1, 2018, Romanians and their friends worldwide celebrate the Romanian Centennial. But few know just how important Queen Marie […]
November 11, 2018

Huge donation to various conservation projects

The Foundation for Carpathia Conservation (FCC) board member Hansjoerg Wyss has made an enormous $1 billion commitment to varied projects worldwide as described by him in […]
November 11, 2018

Bucharest Restaurants got top billing in the NY Times – 36 Hours in Bucharest

36 Hours in Bucharest Rebounding from decades of repression, Romania’s capital is brimming with Italian-style cafes, museums, parks and restaurants that celebrate the country’s rich cuisine. […]
August 29, 2018

Alianta marks passing of Sen. John McCain, Champion of American/Romanian Partnership

Alianta board and members recognize the contributions by Sen. John McCain to the betterment of U.S.-Romania relations on security and economic issues. A hero of the […]
July 25, 2018

White House nominates Adrian Zuckerman to be new US Ambassador in Bucharest

US President Donald Trump has nominated Adrian Zuckerman, a lawyer who emigrated from Romania to the US at the age of 10 and speaks fluent Romanian, […]
June 14, 2018

Romanian version of National Geographic celebrates 15 years

The Romanian Edition of the National Geographic Magazine celebrates 15 years of publication. The Magazine introduced new standards of global photo-journalism and reporting to Romanian readers under the […]
June 14, 2018

Romanians star in the whole world

Musicians, inventors, information technology specialists and even famous bloggers, young Romanians with brilliant minds have impressed a whole world. Leaving a country with many social, economic, political […]
June 14, 2018

World No.1 Simona Halep wins Roland Garros

Romanian tennis player Simona Halep defeated Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the 2018 French Open. Halep said she has dreamt about winning Roland Garros […]
June 8, 2018

The best cultural events in Romania this summer

In the summer of 2018, Romania will host an amazing variety of festivals and concerts, and BR has prepared a guide that includes over 20 of […]
June 7, 2018

Romanian Films Premiered at TIFF 2018

For those of you who are passionate about the Romanian cinema, you probably have noticed that the most anticipated Romanian premieres of the year will be […]
June 5, 2018

Celebrating International Children’s Day in Seattle

Romanian American Cultural Society in Seattle WA organised a celebration of June 1st, Children’s International Day at Redmond Library this week-end. We enjoyed seeing the kids […]
May 25, 2018

Alianta 2018 Gala fundraising kicks off in DC

Supporters and donors of Alianta gathered at the Oracle Townhouse near the Capitol on Monday, March 7th to welcome Bill Avery and Daniela Kammrath to their […]
May 8, 2018

Romanian Textile Museum to open

Public opening scheduled for May 28th, 2018 Muzeul Textilelor is a private museum that exhibits the textiles in the FARZ Collection (Florica, Ana and Romulus Zaharia […]
May 8, 2018

When dreams pay off

When dreams pay off: Luna Solai, the family oil making business turned award-winning brand In 2011, as the financial crisis was unravelling everything that only two […]
May 7, 2018

Alianta announce 2018 Gala Chair, Deputy Chairs

Alianta board welcomes these top professionals to support our fundraising objectives in 2018.   Gala Chair – Lauren Rakolta Lauren Rakolta is the owner and President […]
April 8, 2018

Having a moment…20 years in the making

Having a moment…20 years in the making Recent article in Business Review magazine by Executive Director Bill Avery, describing Romania’s, and his own evolution in the […]
March 15, 2018

Alianța Names New Executive Director, New Cultural Projects Director

Alianța Names New Executive Director, New Cultural Projects Director Reflecting its growth, Alianța, the four-year old Washington D.C. based organization of Americans and Romanians working for […]

Past News

General US, US Air Force Leader in Europe: Our presence in Romania will continue to grow 
 
The US Air Force rotation presence and the American Air Force Effects in Romania will continue to grow, said American General Tod D. Wolters, US Air Force Commander in Europe and Africa. Article
 
March 16, 2018
Alianța Names New Executive Director 

Reflecting its growth, Alianța, the four-year old Washington D.C. based organization of Americans and Romanians working for strong ties between the two countries, is pleased to announce Bill Avery as full-time Executive Director.  Mr. Avery is a well-known figure in American and Romanian business circles, has lived and worked in Romania, and is the founder of the English-language media company, Business Review, published since 1998.

March 2018

"The making of United Romania" 

The centenary of the creation of "United Romania' subsequent to WW-I, is celebrated with detail3d accounts on a new website created by the Romanian Institute of Culture (London).  Site 

March 14, 2018

Ex-President Iliescu on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

The trial targeting the violent crackdown of the protests in Bucharest’s University Square in June 13-15, 1990 started today, February 20, with former president Ion Iliescu and former prime minister Petre Roman being among the defendants. Article 

February 21, 2018

Hnry Cnsl Sfedu's Daughter & Tesla Roadster in Solar Orbit

Starman in Tesla Roadster in Solar Orbit. Engraved on a plaque are the names of the SpaceX employees who contributed to the successful launch of Falcon Heavy, including our daughter's name: Christina Sfedu 

February 7, 2018

Romanian Defense Minister Asks for Permanent US Presence

Romania’s defense minister Mihai Fifor would like to have a permanent U.S. military presence "as in Poland."  Romanian Insider

February 6, 2018

Romanian team wins second place at NASA programming contest

"A team of four students from the Banatean National College in Timisoara, Western Romania, won the second place at the Zero Robotics International Space Station (ISS) programming challenge, organized by NASA and MIT." Romanian Insider

January 16, 2018

1918: Romania's first diplomatic representative to Washington, DC

"In January 15, 1918, Dr. Constantin Angelescu (1869-1948) presented to US President Woodrow Wilson letters of accreditation as "Extraordinary Sharing and Plenipotentiary Minister of His Majesty King Ferdinand to the Government of the United States of America in a special mission. " In other words, Constantin Angelescu becomes the first Ambassador of Romania to the US and the leader of the first official Romanian diplomatic mission on American soil. After 57 years since the establishment of the first diplomatic contacts, the first Romanian legacy in Washington could be established and thus opened a free path to bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries."  Cotidianul

January 15, 2018

Abigail Rupp, deputy head of the US mission in Bucharest, at the Bucharest Law School

Romania is “an example in the region in terms of the fight against corruption” and one of the goals of the partnership between Romania and the United States is to ensure that it will not allow public institutions “to withdraw from this progress,” said Abigail Rupp, deputy head of the US mission in Bucharest, at the Bucharest Law School, at the roundtable meeting “President Wilson’s Fourteen Points Speech and the Rise of Nation States in Central and Eastern Europe”.  Article NineOclock

January 8, 2018

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm Remarks on Proposed Judicial Laws

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm stated on Monday that he is watching very carefully Parliament’s debates on the judicial laws, having “very serious concerns with the initial proposal made by the Minister of Justice.”  Article

November 27, 2017 

Seattle Meeting with Diaspora

In Seattle, former Amb. Mark and Libby Gitenstein hosted Romanian Amb. George and Annamarie Maior. Maior met diaspora, lectured at the Univ. of Washington, visited Microsoft, amazon, and Boeing.

  

November 9, 2017

Dr. Daniela Rus of MIT - 2014 Alianța Awardee

Article on Dr. Daniela Rus, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.  She is the first woman to head up the lab. She was Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College before moving to MIT.

   The Technology Review 

November 8, 2017

Russian Disinformation in Romania

The issue of Russian disinformation activity against Romania was discussed at a CEPA event featuring insight from Romanian Ambassador George Maior, SNSPA Rector Remus Pricopie, CEPA Fellow Corina Rebegea, and CPD Executive Director Dan Sultanescu. The event was moderated by CEPA Fellow Donald N. Jensen.   More

November 2, 2017

Romanian Economy / New York Times 

The two sides of the Romanian economy - rapid growth and poor infrastructure - are profiled.   Article

October 18, 2017

Raytheon Patriot Deal with Romania

The Patriot missiles would be part of an integrated air defence system comprising newly acquired F-16 fighter jets as Romania is bringing its forces up to NATO standards and retiring outdated communist-era MiGs.   Article

October 18, 2017

Cummins Engine to Move UK Operations

The UK diesel operations of Cummins Engine (Indiana, USA) will be relocated to Craiova. The company already employs about 600 in that city also home to Ford Motor's Romanian operations.  Article

October 17, 2017

Romania must avoid association with Europe’s ‘bad boys’

Romania must uphold domestic democratic standards and the rule of law in such a way that it will not be bracketed with the “bad boys” of the ex-communist half of Europe and thereby lose influence in the EU. Article

September 18, 2017

GE Expands in Romania with Software Solutions Center

The Center moves into an elegant new office building. In Romania, GE is one of the most important producers of local oil equipment through the Lufkin factory, which is located near Ploiesti. GE also produces components for airplanes within the Unison Engine Components factory in Bucharest. It has also resumed the production of energy equipment via the Alstom General Turbo plant in Bucharest.

August 25, 2017

 
Joint Military Exercises Reinforce American Power In Eastern Europe

Special report by NPR on build of military presence and maneuvers in Romania. Read

July 26, 2017 

Ford Motor Expands Operations

The Craiova plant will add 1700 employees to its current 2800 person workforce. 

July 26, 2017

Harvard University Professor Jarding to Speak in Bucharest

Professor Steve Jarding, Harvard`s Teacher of the Year in 2016 and one of the world`s leading experts on strategic communications and public relations, will be in Bucharest, Romania for a full-day workshop (July 19) sponsored by the Rise Consortium. link

Pres. Klaus Iohannis Speaks at the 4th of July U.S. Embassy Celebration

The President of Romania spoke, in English and Romanian, at the popular and well-attended U.S. Embassy celebration in Bucharest. He made special reference (video) to the U.S. "guarantee of Romanian security" by Pres. Trump. Ambassador Klemm renarks: video

    

July 4, 2017 

Meeting Between Pres. Iohannis and Pres. Trump, Washington, D.C.

The President of Romania and United States met on June 10th in Washington, DC.  At a Rose Garden news conference [the first for a Romanian head-of-state since 1978 under Pres. Carter], President Donal Trump affirmed the United States' strong commitment to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

June 10, 2017 

Large-Scale NATO Maneuvers in Romania

"Noble Jump 2017, a large-scale NATO multinational exercise that brings together around 4,000 Romanian and foreign troops and 500 technical means, starts in Romania this week. Noble Jump 2017 is a short-term notification exercise, planned and led by the Naples Allied Joint Force, and scheduled from May 26 to June 16 on the territories of Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania. The drill will test NATO’s ability to deploy its Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) and confirm its ability to implement the Readiness Action Plan of the Alliance (RAP) in Bulgaria and Romania." Article

May 31, 2017

U.S. Expands Kolganiceanu Military Base

Substantial investment is planned for the air and ground base for expanded presence by U.S. troops in Romania. Article

May 9, 2017

Harvard Business School Visit  by 60 Graduate Students

A group of 60 HBS students and faculty advisor, Prof. Juan Alcacer, are in Romania starting April 27 to complete nine separate mini-case-studies of local companies. This is first official academic visit by the HBS to Romania as a part of a new 'FIELD Global Immersion' program at the business school.

April 27, 2017

Major Ford Expansion in Romania

During the Fall of 2017, Ford Motor Romania will add 1,000 workers in the Craiova plant to expand  production of the new Ford EcoSport SUV.  This will increase the current workforce by almost 30 per cent.  Article
April 7, 2017

Vacaresti Nature Park Visited by HRH Prince Charles

During his second official visit to Romania, HRH Prince Charles visited the Vacaresti Nature Park in Bucharest. The Park is an 'affinity project' partner of Alianta.  Article
March 30, 2017

American Romanian Business Council "Roadmap"

"Rule of law, transparency, efficiency is a roadmap that I presented the two Governments (Romanian and U.S.). Rule of law, transparency, efficiency is an issue that I presented the two Governments," Eric Stewart, President of the Council, is quoted as saying. The Council made five recommendation in a presentation to Prime Minister Grindeanu.  Site
March 29, 2017

NATO  Maneuvers Involving 30,000 Troops In July

Ambassador Hans Klemm announced that "Romania will host a large-scale military exercise in July, which will bring together some 30,000 troops from NATO member states" according to press reports.   Site
March 22, 2017

European Conference at Harvard University (2017)

ALIANTA Bd Mmbr Dan Dimancescu was invited to discuss Russian influence on East Europe on a panel chaired by ex-Amb Nicholas Burns (Kennedy School of Government Faculty). The event was sponsored by the Fletcher School and four academic departments at Harvard.   Site
March 4, 2017

Human Rights (and Corruption) Report in Romania

The United States Department of State released its 2016 report on Human Rights Practices (and corruption in Section 4) in Romania. "As of October 31, courts had issued 264 final convictions to 676 defendants in cases investigated by the DNA, compared with 239 final convictions against 785 defendants in the same period of 2015. Among the defendants convicted were one minister and one deputy minister, five members of parliament, 12 judges, four prosecutors, 10 mayors, six generals and one commander from the Ministry of National Defense, and 44 police officers."  Report
March 2017

Over 150 U.S. Companies to Visit Romania in October

Called Trade Winds, "This is one of the biggest events of this kind Romania has seen in recent years and it is expected to strengthen the economic component of the strategic partnership between Romania and the U.S., according to the Romanian Embassy in the U.S."   Article
March 2017

Romanian Against Corruption

Op-Ed in the New York Times. Article
February 10, 2017

Silicon Valley Company GoPro Opens Software Operation

Software engineering operations will be launched in Bucharest by the San Mateo, California, company GoPro. Article

Massive Demonstrations in Bucharest & Nationwide

Hundreds of thousands demonstrating for five days in Bucharest and major cities nationwide caused the Prime Minister to abolish Emergency Ordinance #13 that allowed corruption immunity to politicians.
February 5, 2017

New Romanian Government Cabinet

The make-up of the new government cabinet was announced with members assuming duties the first week of January. Details
January 5, 2017

PRESSONE: First English-Language Magazine Launched

The PressOne news site announced the publication of the first issue of its quarterly print magazine. Details
December, 2016

Amb Mark and Libby Gitenstein Attend Romanian Film Festival in Seattle, WA

The well attended third annual festival featured several current directors and their films.
November 18-20, 2016

Joint Statement on the Implementation of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century

"The relationship has never been stronger," U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm. Romania and the United States of America first signed the Joint Declaration in 2011. Official statement
September 27, 2016

Romanian Ambassador George Maior Interview

Wide-ranging interview in PressOne.ro Read
September, 2016

U.S.-Romanian Trade and Security

Following the 'coup' events in Turkey, the U.S. is said to be moving its Romania and US to develop a joint cooperation and strong partnership in trade and security. US Ambassador and AmCham elaborate. Article
August 21, 2016

 

Romanian/Americans in the Headlines

Márta Károlyi team coordinator 2016 US Women’s Olympic Team gold medalists; and Dr. Razvan Geica Deputy Coach first place 2016 US team in International Math Olympiads (Hong Kong). Photos
July/August 2016

U.S. National Park Service

The coordinator of business partnerships visits Vacaresti and Piatra Craiului and shares his experiences. His visit celebrated the 100th anniversary of the US National Park system.
July 2016

IBM To Set-Up Cognitive Technologies Research Center

The project will be called European and National Romanian Innovation Cognitive Hub (ENRICH). IBM becomes the first company to develop cognitive computing technologies in Romania. Article
July 8, 2016

United States Sends Battalion to Romania.

Up to 1,000 troops with armored vehicles and tanks to be stationed in rotation at Mihail Kogalniceanu. Article
July 8, 2016

Romania and NATO

Discussion at CEPA in Washington, DC, between Bogdan Aurescu and Mr. Janusz Bugajski, CEPA Senior Fellow. More
June 30, 2016

BREXIT: "We have a plan"

Two young indiviuals from Cluj created a clever website with a post-Brexit suggestion that British citizens come settle in Romania. Site
June 2016

Deputy Prime Minister Meets US Undersecretary of Agriculture

Discussions focused on increasing US investments in Romania. Special emphasis was put on the agricultural and food sectors. Article
June 17, 2016

Prime Minister Ciolos Visit to the the United States

The Prime Minister was interviewed by the Washington Post on a wide cross-section of subjects. "The relationship [with the U.S.] is at the highest level in history.," he asserted. Article
May 26, 2016

Amb. Mark Gitenstein Comments on Prime Minister Ciolos' Visit

The Prime Minister's visit included U.S. government officials including Vice President Biden in Washington, D.C., and meetings with senior executives of Ford Motor Co. in Detroit and round-table discussions with other corporations. HotNews
May 26, 2016

Robert Kaplan - Presentation in Bucharest

He stated that "the greatest threat to Romania does not constitute a strong Russia, but a weak one," adding that this would mean "aggression and chaos." In his opinion, "the Russian threat is not tanks and combat aircraft, but subversion". More
May 23, 2016

Ms. Pasca-Palmer, Minister of Environment Signs Climate Change Treaty

In New York on April 22, 171 nations signed the Climate Change Treaty. Romania was represented by Ms. Pasca-Palmer who had in prior responsibilities represented the EU in the Paris treaty negotiations. Secretary of State John Kerry signed for the United States. Article

April 22, 2016

GOOGLE Starts Digital Training Program for Entrepreneurs

A free on-line course with 23 topics is offered to entrepreneurs interested in creating a digital presence. Article
April, 2016

 

U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm Visit to Detroit

Invited and hosted by ALIANTA Advisory Board Member Dr. Iuliana Niculescu, Amb. Hans Klemm met with Romanian American business and community leaders in Detroit, Michigan. The Ambassador answered numerous questions related to the possibility of business investment, medical exchanges, support for the Romanian Musical Festival in Michigan. Also he offered the support of the US Embassy in Bucharest to those who want to pursue Romanian American collaboration projects.
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March, 2016

Romanian Ambassador Maior Q&A (Washington, DC)

Comments on the Romanian/American relationship including references to Robert Kaplan's book In Europe's Shadow. Article

Meeting with Amb. Hans Klemm (Washington, DC)

Members of the ALIANTA Board and Avisory Board met with Amb. Klemm to exchange ideas on how to support RO-US initiatives of the US Embassy in Romania.
Mar. 10, 2016

Military Presence from U.S. to be Increased

An estimated 1,000 new troops will be deployed in Romania.
Feb. 22, 2016

President Obama 'Early-Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers' Includes Romanian-born scientist

Gradinaru Viviana is 35 years old, is a professor of biology and leads a research team from Caltech in California who created 'see-through organs' in a mouse.
Feb. 19, 2016

CEPA Report: Russia can use the idea of "Greater Romania" and the Szekler separatist movements in Transylvania Article
Feb. 10, 2016
European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer Declares Support of Long-term Investment Article
Feb. 10, 2016
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Visit Romania

The Romanian Foreign Minister confirmed the acceptance to visit Romanian in 2016.
Dec. 3, 2015

Parliament Approves New Goverment of Dacian Ciolos

By a vote of 389 to 115, the new government ministers were approved by the Parliamanent. New York Times Article
Nov. 17, 2015

Aferim! to be Screened in U.S.

The award winning film will be sceened in starting January 22nd in several U.S. cities.
Nov. 13, 2015

New Prime Minister Picked: Dacian Cioclos

"Romania's president nominated an expert on agriculture to replace Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who was ousted last week after major demonstrations by protesters angered by graft and lethargy in the government."
New York Times Article
Nov. 11, 2015

Outrage Spreads in Romania / New York Times Article
Nov. 7, 2015


President Iohannis meets with civic society representatives Article
Nov. 6, 2015

Oracle CEO, Safra Catz, Goes to Bucharest


"The Oracle CEO arrived in Bucharest to be with bereaved families of three employees who died and seven who were injured in the Club Colectiv tragedy," said Sorin Mindrutescu, country manager of the company. Article
Nov. 4, 2015

Ambassador Klemm and his Wife Pay Respects at the Site of Oct 30th Nighclub Fire


"The Embassy of the United States has learned with deep sorrow about the terrible tragedy last night from a club in the center of Bucharest. Welcome sincere condolences to the families, friends and acquaintances of those who lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are moving also the numerous injuries which hopefully will recover as quickly."
Oct. 31, 2015

Dr. Adrian Bejan, Alianta Awardee 2015, to Publish New Book; "The Physics of Life" / Details

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA/Washington, DC) Documents Illegal Logging in Romania by Austrian Schweighofer Co.

"The report documents how Schweighofer processes large amounts of illegally harvested timber from Romanian forests into semi-finished wood products and biomass, selling the products throughout the European Union.Schweighofer is one of the largest timber companies in Europe and unfortunately a major driver of illegal logging in Romania," said Alexander von Bismarck, Executive Director of EIA." Article
Oct 22, 2015

Radu Georgescu, Alianta Awardee 2015, Launches New U.S. Company


The start-up launched a Romania-created and produced smart watch under the brand name "Vector Watch."
Oct 21, 2015

Romania's ex-President Ion Iliescu "is facing prosecution on charges of crimes against humanity for the violent suppression of a protest months after the fall of the Communist regime." BBC News
Read original June 14, 1990 NYT report of the miners violent actions / Oct 21, 2015

Ambassador Hans Klemm AmCham Speech

"Romania must break the cycle of political influence on economic decisions, U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm told the conference “The Case for Investing in Romania” organized on Tuesday by the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania." Article
Oct 13, 2015

Microsoft to Expand Operations in Romania

Already counting a workforce of 700 in Romania, the company announced plans to expand its staffing by several hundred. More
Oct 12, 2015

President Klaus Johannis Issues Invitation to President Obama to Visit Romania and Meets Vice-President Joe Biden

Subsequent to United Nations meetings including official receptions hosted by President Barack Obama in New York, President Johannis met with Vice President at the White House in Washington, D.C. More
Sept 28, 2015

Ambassador Hans Klemm

Hans Klemm was sworn-in by Secretary of State John Kerry as the next U.S. Ambassador to Romania. More
Sept 16, 2015

Professor Steve Jarding, Harvard University (Kennedy School)

CAESAR Foundation offers an executive education program with Professor Jarding: "Today's World and the Need for Authentic Leadership: How to Make a Difference." More
Fall 2015

Ex-Ambassador James Rosapepe

The Romanian American Society of Washington State hosted Mr. Rosapepe in a visit on Microsoft’s Redmond Campus. At the meeting were representatives of the Microsoft Romanians Diversity Group. Article
Aug 3, 2015