Dimitar Bechev

About Dimitar Bechev

Senior Associate Fellow at Al Sharq Forum. Dimitar particularly focuses on Russian foreign policy towards the Middle East and North Africa region. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, and is also the director of the European Policy Institute, a think-tanked institute based in Sofia. Former positions filled by Dimitar include Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Dr Bechev has published widely on EU external relations, the politics and modern history of South East Europe including Turkey and Greece, and Russian foreign policy. He is the author of Constructing South East Europe: The Politics of Balkan Regional Cooperation (2011) and editor of a number of collective volumes such as What Does Turkey Think (ECFR, 2011). His scholarly articles have appeared in leading periodicals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies and East European Politics and Societies. Dr Bechev is also a regular contributor to Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, openDemocracy, Politico, EUObserver and others. Research Interests: Russia’s Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East and North Africa, EU External relations, and Politics of South East Europe.
28 May, 2020

TurkStream: Geopolitical Impact and Future Prospects

Dimitar Bechev | 28 May 2020 | TR | AR

TurkStream, which has been the lynchpin of Russian-Turkish energy cooperation, is now in operation. With the new gas pipeline, Russia has established an alternative export route to the EU, while Turkey has moved a step closer to becoming an energy power in its neighborhood.
TurkStream: Geopolitical Impact and Future Prospects2020-08-10T19:24:19+03:00
18 Jan, 2017

Can the U.S. under Trump and Russia Cooperate in the Middle East?

Dimitar Bechev | 18 January 2017 | TR

With Donald Trump on the brink of being sworn in as the new president, relations between U.S. and Russia are also on the verge of rapprochement.  The incoming administration, which sees Moscow as an ally in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in Syria,
Can the U.S. under Trump and Russia Cooperate in the Middle East?2020-08-10T19:07:58+03:00
8 Dec, 2016

The tarnished city on the hill – The end of American exceptionalism is bad news for Europe.

Dimitar Bechev | 08 December 2016 | AR

Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has left a trail of political debris in its wake. At the top of the long list of casualties is the cherished myth of American exceptionalism. At [...]

The tarnished city on the hill – The end of American exceptionalism is bad news for Europe.2020-08-11T12:53:26+03:00
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