Analysis

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 as well as specialist consulting firms in the areas of due diligence and political risk.

I also speak and teach often for international conferences, seminars and so on- see the Public Speaking, Conferences and Analytical Forums page for more information.

In conducting my field research, I’ve also interviewed everyone from the proverbial ‘man on the street’ to leaders of government and business. The feedback from these interviews has appeared publicly, as well as privately in the form of due diligence and political risk advisory for private companies concerned primarily with British and American foreign investment in Southeast Europe. If you represent such a company and require the kind of specialist consulting I offer, please feel free to get in touch.

 

 IHS Markit/ Jane’s Intelligence Review, London

My relationship with this highly regarded specialist publisher on security, defense, intelligence and political risks goes back many years. Currently, I contribute to the new Jane’s Intelligence Review magazine and website, on topics like Balkan military reforms, political risk and foreign intelligence activity in the region.

Previously in the mid-200s, I was commissioned to research political and security analyses for former publications, like the old Jane’s Intelligence Digest and Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. On several occasions, back then and indeed today, my analyses have provided totally new and unreported data and situational assessments of high interest to Jane’s subscribers.

 

Balkanalysis_logo Chris Deliso-AnalysisBalkanalysis.com

In 2003 I founded the Balkanalysis.com website, as a platform for independent news and analysis, in a region where English-language media was (and sadly, still is) dominated by heavily-subsidized NGOs and foreign governments, with their inevitable political agendas. I wanted to do something different, and succeeded in doing so.

Since 2003, when Balkanalysis.com became the only truly independent source of news, analysis and interviews on the region in English, the website went on to win a large following from high-level audiences. The contributors were specifically researchers and writers from Balkan countries, but also have come from other countries.

The reports published by the website (and for private commissions) have focused on politics, diplomacy, security, energy, culture, history and more. Balkanalysis is read by people with a professional, academic or personal interest in the region, and has produced unique and compelling analyses that document the past, present (and sometimes future) of the Southeast European region.

Scholars of the Balkans have often cited Balkanalysis.com articles in their research, either directly or through our archive on CEEOL.com. The website also produces a range of ebooks available on Amazon Kindle, listed on Balkanalysis.com here).

 

The Business Report and The Report Company

These two Spanish companies specialize in integrating business and political information on guest countries and connecting their key issues and industries with the wider world, through website and newspaper publication in the mass-market press. I have performed different editorial and analytical task for big-budget projects involving numerous field reporters and in-house design teams and editors.Part of these projects involves collating, rewriting and generally making the words of foreign leaders and businessmen come out in well-crafted prose that the general Western reader can understand and relate with.

Some of the countries I have covered for these companies include Uganda, Ireland, Maldives, Gibraltar and so on. This editorial work has also involved mt own additional research in all areas of relevance-ranging from telecoms, data centers and high finance to agriculture, wildlife preservation and cultural events. These highly specific and time-sensitive assignments have typically been featured in leading world media (though author attribution is usually not easily visible there).

 

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 the state of US diplomacy and Macedonia’s pro-sovereignty movement in March 2017; a June 2016 assessment of religion politics in Europe and the role of the Vatican, Russia and others involved; a piece on the intricacies of the migration crisis in Europe, published in March 2016, and a historical overview of organized crime in Montenegro from the January 2016 magazine.

 

Economist-Intelligence-Unit-Chris-DelisoThe Economist Intelligence Unit, London

In 2004 I became EIU field analyst in Macedonia, and covered the country’s political and security developments regularly over the following 14 years. This coverage is geared toward 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, political crisis, ethnic turbulence and much else.

In several cases, my analyses proved ahead of the curve and provided valuable insight for decision-makers, investors and other professionals who subscribe to the EIU service for monitoring political and economic risk. The cumulative volume of EIU published research (first on a quarterly, then monthly, then events-driven basis) I have written is voluminous.

 

Aspen-Institute-Germany-Chris-DelisoThe Aspen Institute Germany

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.

 

UPIUnited Press International, US

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.