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Dimitar Bechev

Visiting Scholar 2015-2016


Dimitar Bechev

Bechev is Adjunct Professor at the University of Sofia where he teaches European Studies and International Relations. He is also affiliated with the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. Previously, he headed the Sofia office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, where he had been a Senior Policy Fellow. Bechev has written extensively on the politics and history of modern Turkey and the Balkans, EU external affairs and Russian foreign policy. He is a frequent contributor to Al Jazeera, CNN, Foreign Policy and openDemocracy. Bechev received his D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University in 2005.

At CES, Bechev will investigate how Russia’s foreign policy and the EU’s enlargement policy are impacting the energy sector in Southeast Europe, specifically Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece and Romania.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • European Policy Institute, Sofia, Bulgaria

Other Material

Political Science
International Relations

Areas of Expertise:
EU Studies
International Relations
Southeast Europe

Research Topic:
EU and Russia in South East Europe