Experts & Staff

Jana Kobzova

ECFR Alumni · Associate Fellow

Areas of expertise

EU relations with Eastern Europe and Russia; democratisation in the post-Soviet states; Belarus; Central Asia

Languages

Slovak, English, Russian, conversational French and German

Biography

Jana Kobzova was an associate fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her research interests include the EU’s foreign policy towards the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia, as well as democratisation and transition in the post-Soviet space. 

Kobzova is based in Brussels, where she works as a policy director at Rasmussen Global. Before joining RG, she worked as a senior programme officer for an international NGO, the European Endowment for Democracy, where she oversaw the organisation’s programming in the Eastern Partnership region. Before moving to Brussels in September 2013, Kobzova was a policy fellow and coordinator with the Wider Europe programme at ECFR’s London office, where she wrote policy reports on the EU’s relations with its eastern neighbours and Russia and worked on increasing ECFR’s profile in the area and expanding the Wider Europe programme’s activities. Between 2006 and 2009 she led the Belarus democratisation programme at the Pontis Foundation in Slovakia.

Kobzova has an MA in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of East European and Slavonic Studies at University College London and an MA in Political Science from the Comenius University in Slovakia.

She has co-authored several books on Eastern Europe and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood policy and continues to write about the subject as an associate fellow at ECFR. 

Fog in Moscow

Vladimir Putin is set to reassume the reins of power in the Kremlin. But what will Russia's foreign policy be, and how should the European Union and its member states react?  

The hobbled summit

As the EU and Russia hold their latest summit neither side can boast that they are in the best of health. But the summit is important for symbolic reasons - and there are several practical issues that they can address at the same time.  

Russia’s post-BRIC election

Russia in 2010 was as corrupt as Papua New Guinea, had the property rights of Kenya and was as competitive as Sri Lanka. As Putin readies himself to retake the presidency he must also work out how to deal with a country that is now firmly post-BRIC.  

The EU-Russia summit: what really matters?

The atmosphere between the EU and Russia has improved remarkably over the last couple of years; but - ahead of this week's summit with Russia - the EU is struggling to turn good atmospherics into tangible progress in areas that really matter.  

Publications

Articles

Fog in Moscow

Vladimir Putin is set to reassume the reins of power in the Kremlin. But what will Russia's foreign policy be, and how should the European Union and its member states react?  

Podcasts

In the media

Jana Kobzova on the current state of the European Union’s policy towards its Eastern partners.

Jana Kobzova writes on relations between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries ahead of the EaP Summit in Brussels.

The article mentions two commentaries by ECFR experts Managing the Unmanageable: Germany and a Resurgent Russia and Western solidarity with Ukraine: Do it yourself.

TVP INFO in a TV programme "Studio Wschod" broadcasts Nicu Popescu's commentaries and other conclusions of  the ECFR conference in the context of the crisis in Ukraine.

ECFR's report on post-BRIC Russia is mentioned in an interview with Ben Judah