FPRI is saddened to report that its longtime Senior Fellow Michael Radu (April 29, 1947 – March 25, 2009) has passed away. He joined FPRI in 1981, becoming founding co-chairman of our Center for the Study of Terrorism in 2002.
Dr. Radu was born and grew up in Romania. He came to the United States and received his doctorate in international relations from Columbia University in 1981. He was author, co-author, or editor of 15 books, two of them due out later this year. He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of terrorist groups worldwide and appeared regularly in local, national, and international media. He had also conducted research for a variety of US government agencies and served as an election monitor in Peru, Cambodia, and Romania. He was an editor and co-founder of Agora, a Romanian-language quarterly published by FPRI from 1987–91; the journal was distributed in Romania in the last years of the Ceausescu regime and included contributions from dissidents and exiles throughout Eastern Europe. His E-notes on a wide variety of topics appear on our website; he was also a frequent contributor to Orbis. He received two master’s degrees from Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), in philosophy and art history, and was a National Peace Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1984–85.
Michael is survived by his wife, Patricia, to whom FPRI’s trustees and staff extend their heartfelt condolences. Michael will be greatly missed by his colleagues and community.