The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) is comprised of researchers from the Western Balkans and wider Europe who have established themselves for their knowledge and understanding of the Western Balkans and the processes that shape the region. Current members of BiEPAG are:
Corina Stratulat is a Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC), where she works in the European Politics and Institutions Programme and coordinates the activities of the Balkans Forum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences from Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany), a Master of Philosophy in Contemporary European Studies from Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK) and a Doctorate in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her main research interests include comparative Central and East European politics, parties and party systems, elections, democracy, EU institutions, integration and enlargement.
Dane Taleski received his Doctorate in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest. His research interests include post-conflict democratisation, transformation of rebel groups, political parties, ethnic politics and Europeanisation. His latest article, “Regulating Party Politics in the Western Balkans: On the Legal Sources of Party System Development in Macedonia” (co-authored with Fernando Casal Bértoa) is forthcoming in Democratization, and he co-edited the research study “Monitoring Regional Cooperation in South East Europe” (FES: Berlin, 2013).
Dejan Jovic is Professor of International Relations at the University of Zagreb. He received his Doctorate from the London School of Economics. From 2000 to 2010, he taught at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. He is the author of “Yugoslavia: A State that withered away” and editor of Slobodan Milosevic: The Rise to Power and Theories of International Relations: Realism.
Dimitar Bechev is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics (LSE). Until 2014, he was a Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the Sofia Office at the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is also affiliated with South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), a research programme based in St Antony’s College, Oxford. He received his Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford where he taught from 2006 to 2010. He was a visiting professor at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and currently lectures at Sofia University, Bulgaria.
Florian Bieber is a Professor of Southeast European Studies and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He studied at Trinity College (USA), the University of Vienna and Central European University, and received his Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Vienna. Between 2001 and 2006, he worked in Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) for the European Centre for Minority Issues. He is a Visiting Professor at the Nationalism Studies Program at Central European University and has taught at the University of Kent, Cornell University, the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo.
Dr. Marko Kmezić is Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He studied law at the Universities of Belgrade (Serbia) and Graz (Austria) and European Integration and Regionalism at the University of Graz. Between 2006 and 2008, he worked at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. He is the author of “Europeanization by Rule of Law Implementation in the Western Balkans”, and co-editor of Stagnation and Drift in the Western Balkans.
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Nikolaos Tzifakis is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of the Peloponnese and Research Associate of the Martens Centre for European Studies. He has research interests in IR theory, EU external policies and the Balkans. His publications include articles in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Ethnopolitics, European Foreign Affairs Review, Global Society, International Journal and Problems of Post-Communism. He is the editor of International Politics in Times of Change (Springer, 2012) and co-editor (with P. Sklias) of Greece’s Horizons (Springer, 2013).
Dr. Vedran Džihić is currently a Senior Researcher at OIIP – Austrian Institute for International Affairs, a Lecturer at the Institute for Political Sciences, University of Vienna, and Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Studies, South East Europe, at the University of Rijeka (Croatia).