Dr Dimitar Bechev's research interests are the politics of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Turkey as well as Russian foreign policy. Amongst his recent books are Turkey under Erdogan (Yale University Press, 2022), Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia (Rowman, 2019), Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press, 2017) and co-editor of Russia Rising: Putin's Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (Bloomsbury, 2021). He is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
He was senior fellow at the Centre for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016-20) and before that senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and held visiting fellowships at Harvard's Centre for European Studies, the London School of Economics and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.
Dimitar holds a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford.