Dr. Hari Bucur-Marcu is the President of Saliste Association for Romanian Europeanism.
Hari Bucur-Marcu is a retired colonel of the Romanian Air Force, since 2003. His last assignment was Chief, Defense Strategies Service within Romanian Defense Staff. During his military career, between 1990 and 2003, he contributed to democratizing the Romanian military forces, and to the reform and modernization of the Romanian security and defense sectors. In his military capacities, he initiated and conducted institutional developments in psychological warfare and psychological protection of personnel, in international military cooperation, in public communication, and in defense planning and organizational management. He contributed extensively to the success of Romanian armed forces integration into NATO for almost a decade.
Upon his retirement from military commission, Hari Bucur-Marcu assumed several tasks related to the theory and practice of international and national development and reform, with a focus on NATO, defense institutionalization and security sector reform, in countries from Eastern Europe, Balkans and South Caucasus. He worked with the NATO Studies Center in Bucharest (Academic Coordinator), with the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Councilor for the inception of a Post-Conflict and Reconstruction Studies Center), with the centre for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces in Geneva, Switzerland (Associate Senior Fellow for Defense Policy).
Both at national and international levels, he was deeply involved in the conceptual and practical aspects of democratic control over the armed forces, including security and defense policy development, parliamentarian oversight of defense policies and defense policies implementation within ministries of defense. He worked with ministries of defense and national security bodies on Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus nations methods and procedures for national security strategy development, with a focus on threat analysis, transparency, information policies, and capacity development.
Hari Bucur-Marcu is doctor of defense economics and a graduate of NATO Defence College. He has a license of English and Romanian Literature from the University in Bucharest. He is the author of the book Essentials of Defence Institution Building and the first editor of Defence Management – An Introduction. He is also the author of several chapters in books and articles addressing the topics of financial planning, public information policies, training for defense policies, transparency on defense, institutionalization of security risk assessment and other alike. Among his relevant work products is a Self-Assessment Kit on Defence Institutionalisation. He also developed expert studies on NATO Crisis Management System and on Armenian Responsibility for the Defense of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Hari Bucur-Marcu worked in an international context for more than two decades, including five years in NATO. Most of this work was related to the development and governance in newly states or newly democratic regimes, some of which emerged from violent conflicts. For two years, he was Chief, Education and Training branch at the Partnership Coordination Cell at NATO, where he worked closely with then 28 Partner nations in significant aspects of education and training policies. In the recent years, he is having the ear of the Romanian public on national and international security issues, through the main television news channels and online.
Dr. Bucur-Marcu is the recipient of the Romanian National Order “For Merit”, recognizing his contribution to Romanian Armed Forces reform and integration into NATO.