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. 

Russia

Russia's spy war in the Balkans

The Balkans have seen an uptick in Russian spy activity. Will this damage relations with Moscow?

Russia's spy war in the Balkans

Turkey

TANAP and Turkey's energy ambitions

Turkish, US and EU interests align on energy diversification in Southeast Europe.

TANAP and Turkey's energy ambitions

European Union

Did Macron kill the EU enlargement dream?

Macron's veto against the accession of North Macedonia and Albania brought the future of the EU into question.

Did Macron kill the EU enlargement dream?

Serbia

China enters the Balkans

Can Beijing leverage its investments to become another major player in the region?

China enters the Balkans

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?