About

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to the official website of American writer Christopher (Chris) Deliso.

I’m an accomplished author and highly educated researcher with over two decades of professional experience in Europe, covering everything from travel, culture and history to politics, security, migration and other issues of vital importance.

Although my writing has been published in some of the world’s largest and most influential media, you will see that I have (as the photo shows) my feet firmly planted in the water- a constant reminder of both the transience of this life and the primacy of the natural order in an age overly afflicted by technology.

My experience with the peoples and countries of Southeast Europe actually began at Oxford in 1997, where I undertook a two-year MPhil course in Byzantine Studies. I became the first person in the history of the course to earn an Honours degree, with a complex thesis on the 15th-century philosopher Georgios Gemistos Plethon.

I’ve lived in five European countries, and traveled throughout the Continent, the Caucasus and Middle East for my research in travel writing and journalism. The following areas of professional activity are worth highlighting.

Travel and Tourism: I’ve contributed to over 20 Lonely Planet travel guides, published numerous travel features in newspapers and magazines, and performed Mediterranean luxury resort consultancy for the UK market.

Regional Contemporary Affairs: I write security and political analyses for leading UK magazine Jane’s Intelligence Review, served as Macedonia politics field contributor for 13 years for The Economist Intelligence Unit, and created the first truly independent news-and-analysis website on the region (Balkanalysis.com) back in 2003.

Strategic Consulting: I provide corporate due diligence, country political risk, and specialized investigatory services for professional consultancies involved in this part of the world.

Literary Writing: In addition to my primary non-fiction output, I am a dedicated author of all sorts of fictional works- from simple memoir and novels to experimental fiction and graphic design. (Read some examples here).

Teaching and Speaking: I continue to speak on areas of my expertise at events like including international conferences in Europe an the US, with numerous closed-door presentations on the Balkans for US government agencies over the years. I have also taught English language and literature at levels from elementary school to university, led summer schools on journalism, and participated in other team events.

Here on my personal website, you’ll find updated information on my publications and upcoming projects, plus some insights into places I love to visit.

See the pages Travel (for articles), as well as  Guides (for travel guides and coffee-table books) and Analysis for more details. I also conduct regular consulting such as political risk, resources risk, due diligence and corporate investigations for consulting firms in the US and Europe: if you represent such a company and have a project where my expertise is needed, do get in touch.

Writing has been my lifelong passion and primary vocation. I have successfully navigated the often choppy waters of professional freelance writing in the internet age, and continue to make a living in this manner. Teaching and seminars on my main subjects of expertise have also comprised part of the job since the beginning, way back in 2002.

What keeps me motivated and curious is simple: meeting an incredible variety of people from all walks of life and very many countries. This has been one of the enduring highlights of my writing career. Their stories and experiences continue to stretch the limits of my imagination, and often make me laugh.

In addition to my published portfolio on the present site, also enjoy my external author pages on Amazon.com and Hidden Europe, and find me on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.