Dimitar Bechev

Dimitar Bechev

Dimitar Bechev is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and research fellow at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He was formerly senior policy fellow and head of the Sofia office of the European Council on Foreign Relations and lecturer at the University of Oxford. 

Turkey

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.

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

European Elections 2019

EU elections: What happened in Eastern Europe?

Did Eastern Europeans vote differently than their western neighbours?

EU elections: What happened in Eastern Europe?

Kosovo

Why is the EU punching below its weight in the Western Balkans?

The EU has the leverage to resolve major Balkan issues, such as the Serbia-Kosovo dispute. Why is it holding back?

Why is the EU punching below its weight in the Western Balkans?

Vladimir Putin

Resurgent Russia: Myth and reality

Is a new global order in the making under Putin's watch?

Resurgent Russia: Myth and reality

Serbia

The Belgrade visit was Putin's gift to Vucic

Putin received a hero's welcome in Belgrade on Thursday, but Vucic was still the biggest winner of the day.

The Belgrade visit was Putin's gift to Vucic

Kosovo

The Kosovo quandary is a win for Russia

Russia is stepping in as the EU and the US are failing in their efforts to resolve the Kosovo-Serbia dispute.

The Kosovo quandary is a win for Russia

North Macedonia

What next after the failed Macedonian referendum?

The name change referendum was just a prologue to a long political battle in Macedonia.

What next after the failed Macedonian referendum?

European Union

What lies beneath the hostile rhetoric in Turkish-EU relations?

Despite tensions, Turkey and the EU will not part ways any time soon.

What lies beneath the hostile rhetoric in Turkish-EU relations?

North Macedonia

Why is Macedonia changing its name?

A resolution of the Macedonia name dispute is the good news the Balkans badly needed.

Why is Macedonia changing its name?

Russia

What should we make of the EU ruling against Russia's Gazprom?

Russia's gas giant got away without paying a massive fine to the EU. Did Brussels make the wrong decision?

What should we make of the EU ruling against Russia's Gazprom?

Europe

Meet the EU's next member state: Montenegro

Montenegro is likely to join the EU soon but it will do so under the same political leader it's had since 1991.

Meet the EU's next member state: Montenegro

Greece

Will Greece and Macedonia end their name dispute?

Athens and Skopje have a historic opportunity to agree on a mutually acceptable name and end the impasse.

Will Greece and Macedonia end their name dispute?