Analysis of strategic culture facilitates a comprehensive understanding of a nations security identity and patterns of policy
conduct. Though strategic culture changes over time, why and how these mutations take place has not been researched much so
far. This book sheds light on the reasons why specific features of a countrys strategic thinking remain rigid while others
transform. The national strategic cultures of post-communist Eastern Europe have been exposed to a panoply of shocks and shifts.
Romanias communist regime cultivated a uniquely thorny relationship with the Soviet Union, which facilitated the development
of a national security narrative legitimizing a highly isolationist foreign policy. These factors have heavily weighed on
Romanian post-communist strategic thinking and complicated the transition process. At first glance, Romania went through an
astonishing adaptation to novel security challenges. Ultimately, however, its traditional national strategic thinking remained
in some ways constant. Core features of Romanias strategic culture -- such as the state-nation constellation -- were the most
resilient to change. In contrast, the intermediary features -- such as the understanding of security and role conception --
as well as outer layers -- such as the foreign policy orientation and guidelines to using force -- of strategic culture were
more prone to influence by shocks, shifts, and norm entrepreneurs.