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Dr Bechev currently acts as Programme Director (Core Activities). He is a Lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and holds a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe, and Region Head for Eastern Europe at Oxford Analytica, as well as being Research Director and Founder of the European Policy Institute (Sofia). Bechev is the author of Turkey under Erdogan (Yale University Press, 2022), Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia (Rowman, 2019), and Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale UP, 2017) as well as being co-editor of Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (Bloomsbury, 2021). He has also published numerous academic articles and policy reports.
His past positions include being lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and senior policy fellow and head of the Sofia office at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Bechev has held fellowships at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna; Harvard’s Center for European Studies; and the European Institute, London School of Economics. He contributes frequently to Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Politico Europe, and RFE/RL and his quotes have appeared in The Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other major news outlets.