International Relations in the Contemporary World. Geopolitics and Diplomacy
The Icelandic and Romanian Profile.
Different Patterns in a Converging World
Ionel Sergiu Pirju1
Abstract. The majority of intercultural studies are preferring a sample with two cultures, even such a study
can’t provide a complex understanding about the importance of culture in the international context. The most
complex Cross Cultural studies (Schwartz, GLOBE, Hofstede, and Trompenaars) include a large number of
cultures, but time and costs remain major obstacles for an exhaustive analyses. The aim of this article is to
present relevant intercultural values th at characterize Iceland and Romania: history, language, power distance
and conflict management. This study it is a synchronic one because in its content will be analyzed the
contemporary situations in the two countries. The analysis is exploratory and it will be used the Locke`s
consensual inductive system which involves mostl y the collections of scholars` opinions but with personal
Keywords: Iceland; Romania; cultural values; performance; power distance
Along the history, the cross cultural adaptation offers solutions for individuals to become skilled by
identifying critical situation in order to avoid severe consequences for their particular situations. Based
on former scholar experience, the assumption of this research is that in the international field, if cross-
cultural knowledge is mastered, there is an additional opportunity to develop and maintain an excellent
relationship with international partners. At the same time, according to the principle of concordance, in
case of identifying common values between two countries, it seems natural that there should be a greater
intensity of common projects, compared to that achieved with other regions.
This article will try to present first the main strategy of Icelandic and Romanian policy regarding the
European integration. Also, by comparing the cultural values betweent the two countries, the study will
emphasize how much the Romanian society will try to increase the level of stability and establish
credibility on the international arena. To integrate the article into the extention demanded by the cross
cultural methodology, it will be also analized the differeces between Power distance and Performance
orientation. Both values are presenting the perefect benchmarking model for practical implications in
order to benefit the societal culture from the two countries. The approach I propose tries to capture the
influence of these two cultural dimensions on the international performance of a state by comparing the
values and norms between the two countries. It aims at emphasizing the importance of multiculturalism
(Bercovitch & Foulkes, 2012) and is focused on the importance of cultural synergy in interstate relations.
1 Senior Lecturer, PhD, Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Communications and International Relations, Romania,
Address: 3 Galati Blvd., Galati 800654, Romania, Tel.: +40372361102, Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org.