Experts & Staff

Vladimir Shopov

Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

Central and south-east Europe in the EU, China in central, eastern, and south-east Europe, EU politics and EU conditionality

Languages

English, Bulgarian, basic German, basic Russian

Biography

Vladimir Shopov is a visiting fellow with the Asia Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

He was a full-time lecturer in politics at Sofia University (2004-2006) and an adjunct professor at Sofia University (1997-1998) and the New Bulgarian University (2012-2014). He has been an external lecturer on the European Union, NATO, security, and south-eastern European affairs at the Diplomatic Institute of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2004. He is currently teaching on Asian Affairs in the Politics Department of Sofia University as an adjunct professor. He has been a foreign affairs columnist at Forbes Bulgaria since 2011. He is a co-founder and columnist of Reduta.bg, a Bulgarian website for analytical journalism.

The EU’s Montenegro dilemma

Following a recent dispute over a $1 billion loan to Montenegro, the EU has an opportunity to take a more systematic approach to the growing Chinese presence in the Western Balkans

The inevitable partner: Why Europe needs to re-engage with Africa

EU-Africa relations are characterised by a series of failed beginnings. They continue to suffer from a lack of deep and far-reaching political will, despite being the subject of a series of diplomatic initiatives in the past two decades.

Publications

Articles

The EU’s Montenegro dilemma

Following a recent dispute over a $1 billion loan to Montenegro, the EU has an opportunity to take a more systematic approach to the growing Chinese presence in the Western Balkans

The inevitable partner: Why Europe needs to re-engage with Africa

EU-Africa relations are characterised by a series of failed beginnings. They continue to suffer from a lack of deep and far-reaching political will, despite being the subject of a series of diplomatic initiatives in the past two decades.

Podcasts

In the media