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Octavian-Dragomir JORA
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti
What could the novel new world order look like? Perhaps that is not the best question, as it incarcerates us in the same academic armchair abstractions which, for all their glacial utility, sound somewhat estranged from the heat of the present days. Two or three generations later, in our corner of the world, the smell of gunpowder (and cannon fodder) once again permeates the air, with all its hybrid variations in the economy, the cyber-realm and mass media. Therefore, the forthcoming new world order will be born yet again old. It will likely be an order in which the edifices of (global) governance, painted as virtuous, will be built upon a shaky foundation of (national) vices as well as the wedge between the governors and those whom they govern. It will likely be an order in which the demagoguery of democracies still remains barely distinguishable from that of dictatorships, the difference being that the former works, as demonstrated historically, far better with the living than with the dead. It will likely be an order in which, regardless of the characters used to write the peace of the victors (i.e. Latin, Cyrillic, logographic), its ultimate value will depend on the character of those who shall read it.

ŒCONOMICA nr. 1-2/2022
Ştefan IMRE
PhD; MBA; Senior scientific resercher
The formation of a new world order is studied as a phenomenon resulting from national competitiveness policies in which the production of new knowledge and its integration into the economy and society, as well as the leadership of the government, occupy a crucial position. Contrary to pseudo-liberal ideas, the study claims that leaders and citizens’ trust in them can play an important role.

ŒCONOMICA no. 1-2/2022
Keywords: competitiveness, new world order, culture, leaders, citizens
JEL: B55, E02, F02, H11
Aspects of the Contribution of the Nation’s Competitiveness to the Formation of a New World Order – Probable and Possible Scenarios [Aspecte privind contribuţia competitivităţii naţiunii la formarea unei noi ordini mondiale–scenarii probabile şi posibile]
Adrian-Ioan DAMOC
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti
It is well-known that, since its emergence, the recent coronavirus pandemic has caused significant upheavals and shifts in the current political, social and economic landscape in Europe, further exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. For the European Union (EU), these developments have led to renewed interest in ‘strategic autonomy’, a concept involving the redefinition of the EU’s position.

ŒCONOMICA no. 1-2/2022
Keywords: ASEAN, European Union, geopolitics, Covid-19, artificial intelligence, machine learning, diplomacy
JEL: C38, F50, F59
Artificial Intelligence in Economic Diplomacy: Using Unsupervised Machine Learning to Identify Key Geostrategic Partners in ASEAN for the European Union
Gabriela Ioana ENACHE
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti
The recent dynamics have brought about the disruption of international production and, by extension, of global value chains. Global value chains have gone through profound imbalances generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, along with armed conflicts, political tensions, extreme weather events and cyber-attacks. That is why a still vulnerable system must be supported by policy measures.

ŒCONOMICA no. 1-2/2022
Keywords: production, supply chains, relocation, pandemic, technologies, European Union
JEL: D29, L23, M11, O14
The European Union’s Efforts to Strengthen Its Posture in the Global Value and Supply Chains Competition [Eforturile Uniunii Europene de consolidare a posturii în competiţia lanţurilor valorice şi de aprovizionare globale]
Alexandra-Carmen BRAN
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti
In the context of globalization and economic integration in recent decades, the relationship between the economy and national security has become increasingly close. For each state, these links represent both opportunities and potential threats to the country's national security. Definitions of national security have an important economic dimension, and economics cannot be set apart.

ŒCONOMICA no. 1-2/2022
Keywords: security, economic policies, threats, risk, power
JEL: F50, F51, F52, F59
The Economic Dimension as the Foundation of the Security of a State [Dimensiunea economică ca fundament al securităţii unui stat]
Andrei CIUCĂ
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti
Owing to its increasingly crucial position in the elaboration of economic strategies and political agendas, the energy driver contributes to significant paradigm shifts, determines changes in the geopolitical and geoeconomic landscape, thus earning a central position among the concerns of all stakeholders. It is a game changer that can drastically alter the balance of power between parties.

ŒCONOMICA no. 1-2/2022
Keywords: new energy paradigm, natural gas, geopolitics, health crisis
JEL: F50, F59, N74, O13
Analysis of the Role of Natural Gas Transactions in the Economic Relations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova
Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti
In an increasingly “geopolitical” world, far from the pax liberalis scenario envisioned by Francis Fukuyama at the end of the Cold War bearing the suggestive – though somewhat uninspired – title of “The End of History” (and of conflicts, we might add, or at least ideological conflicts) – it will not be long before fundamental works begin to appear in this field.

ŒCONOMICA no. 1-2/2022
Book Review / Recenzie de carte: Silviu Neguţ & Marius-Cristian Neacşu, Geostrategia, Bucureşti, Editura Meteor Press, 2022