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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Bechev in Foreign Policy: Putin is trolling the United States in the Persian Gulf

In the wake of the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the Russian president has positioned himself as a peacemaker. But continued conflict is his friend.

In the News by Dimitar Bechev

Conflict Russia

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Bechev in Al Jazeera: S-400 arrives in Ankara: Crunch time for Turkish foreign policy

The arrival of the Russian missile defence system in Ankara could mark a major rupture between Turkey and the US.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Wed, Oct 10, 2018

Elections in Bosnia: More of the same, but there is a silver lining

To cut a long story short, Bosnia’s politics continue to be dominated by two ethnically defined poles—one led by Serbian Dodik and another around Muslim Bosniaks and the SDA. 

New Atlanticist by Dimitar Bechev

Elections The Balkans

Dr. Dimitar Bechev is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. He is also a research fellow at the Center of Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the director of the European Policy Institute, a think-tank based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dr. Bechev has published extensively, in both academic and policy format, on EU foreign relations, the politics of Turkey and the Balkans, Russian foreign policy, and energy security. His book Rival Power, published by Yale University Press in 2017, explores Russia’s role in Southeast Europe (Balkans, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey). He has held research and teaching positions at Oxford and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo as well as visiting fellowships at Harvard and the London School of Economics. From 2010 to 2014, he was the head of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) office in Sofia.

Dr. Bechev is a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera Online, Oxford Analytica, POLITICO, and EUObserver. His quotes have appeared in leading newspapers such as the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He holds a DPhil in international relations from the University of Oxford.