My field research-driven analysis on themes including politics, economics, social issues and security in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean has been published in publicly available reports, and sometimes for private subscriber channels or clients, since 2003.
I have also been a frequent guest speaker at many international conferences hosted by regional governments, defense ministries and academic entities, and similarly have spoken for the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Intelligence Council on issues like Balkan politics and terrorism. I have done special project work for large entities such as USAID, Transparency International and UN agencies as well.
In 2003 I founded the Balkanalysis.com website, as a platform for producing independent news and analysis, in a region dominated by heavily-subsidized NGO and foreign government- or business-funded media source.
Since then, Balkanalysis.com has remained the only truly independent source of news, analysis, interviews and briefings on the region, with a team of researchers and writers representing various Balkan countries (and others as well. The reports published by the website (and for private commissions) have focused on all areas of regional life, from politics, diplomacy, security, energy, culture, history and more. The website is read widely by people with a professional, academic or personal interest in the region, and continues to produce unique and compelling analyses that document the present, and sometimes future, events happening in the Southeast European region.
The American Interest
This independent magazine based in Washington is, in its own words, “devoted to the broad theme of ‘America in the world,'” with the goal of analyzing “America’s conduct on the global stage and the forces that shape it–not just its strategic aspects, but also its economic, cultural and historical dimensions,” among other approaches.
Read my articles in the TAI on Balkan issues such as organized crime in Montenegro from the January 2016 magazine, as well as a piece on the intricacies of the migration crisis in Europe, published on the TAI website in March 2016.
In 2004 I was appointed EIU field analyst in Macedonia, covering Macedonian politics for the EIU’s high-level subscriber clientele. I have covered momentous events like controversial elections, ethnic unrest, the death of President Trajkovski, the emergence of a viable conservative movement, the dismantling of multinational spy rings and much else. In several cases, my analysis proved ahead of the curve and provided valuable insight for decision-makers, investors and other professionals.
Since 2009, I have been a guest at several private events held by the Aspen Institute Germany, as both presenter and attendee, along with high-level European, American and other officials, academics, security practitioners and other involved persons.
For about three years I was commissioned to write political and security analyses for IHS Jane’s, the leading British provider of analysis on military and intelligence matters. Publications included the former Jane’s Intelligence Digest and Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. On several occasions, my analyses provided totally new and unreported data and situational assessments of high interest to Jane’s subscribers.
From 2002 to 2003, I wrote as a business analyst for UPI covering primarily, but not only Balkan issues. While covering regional affairs for over 30 UPI features, I had numerous adventures such as traversing Turkey’s Iran-Iraq border soon before the war, helicoptering over the mountains to the Georgia-Chechnya frontier, monitoring Russian energy wars, comparing budget airline rates and lunching with international bankers.