George Poede is a professor in the department of political science, international relations and European studies of Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iasi. He has a doctorate in political science from this university with a thesis on Domination and Power in Max Weber's Political Thought. His areas of expertise include power, EU institutions and policy, and social policy. He has cooperated as an expert in a number of projects financed by EU and UN institutions, as well as national governments and private organisations. He is currently vice-president of the Romanian association of international relations and European studies (ECSA-Romania). He also has an extensive activity as a supervisor of doctoral theses.