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Jul 26, 2023

Tirziu in the National Interest discussing thawing US-China relations

On July 24, Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu and Amy K. Mitchell co-authored a National Interest piece opining that Washington’s efforts to “thaw” strained relations with Beijing is inadvertently emboldening the CCP’s coercive and malign endeavors. The pair detail Europe’s shifting foreign policy in regard to the CCP, citing numerous European officials’ and institutions’ stance of simultaneously […]

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Feb 16, 2023

Gadzala Tirziu in The New York Sun on Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s role as “Europe’s gatekeeper”

On February 9, Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu published a piece in The New York Sun on the role of Italy's new Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, in securing Western European borders. To curb the entry of migrants, the Meloni administration has recently taken measures to complicate migrant-aid services, such as the work of charity ships that ferry migrants across the Mediterranean.

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Jun 27, 2022

Gadzala Tirziu in The New York Sun on Ukraine’s expected EU candidate status

On June 23, Scowcroft Center nonresident senior fellow Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu published a piece in The New York Sun arguing that while Ukraine’s impending EU candidate status will serve symbolic and morale boosting purposes, the European Union may not be able to secure Ukraine’s security and state sovereignty.

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Aleksandra Gadzala Tirziu is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and Scowcroft Strategy Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She is a globally recognized advisor on a range of geopolitical issues with a unique focus on authoritarian systems and commercial growth. Her expertise in foreign policy and business strategy has facilitated extensive counsel to international corporations and government entities worldwide.

Tirziu founded the geopolitical-risk and public-affairs consultancy Magpie Advisory to bring her depth of advisory services to business and policy leaders. She is a visiting fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum, where her research focuses on a range of issues in foreign affairs, with specialties in US-China, EU-China, China-Africa, and transatlantic relations. Tirziu is also a lecturer in international relations at the University of Zurich, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate seminars on Chinese foreign policy, technology and geopolitics, and conflict and security.

Tirziu is a contributing editor at the New York Sun. She has been featured and interviewed in numerous international platforms including Monocle, Axios, the National Interest, CNNMoney Switzerland, and the World Economic Forum’s Agenda. She has also appeared before the European Parliament to speak on such topics as Europe-Africa policy and Chinese political warfare. Tirziu is author and editor of the book Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China.

A graduate of the University of Oxford, Tirziu earned a PhD and master of philosophy in politics. She holds a BA in political science from Northwestern University. Born in Europe and raised in the American Midwest, Tirziu has lived and worked in six countries across three continents. She currently divides her time between Zurich, Switzerland, and Palm Beach, Florida.