Dimitar Bechev

Visiting Scholar
Carnegie Europe
Dimitar Bechev is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where he focuses on Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.


DPhil, University of Oxford
MA/LLM, Sofia University



Bulgarian; English; French; Greek; Russian; Serbo-Croatian; Spanish; Turkish



Dr. Dimitar Bechev is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, where he focuses on Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. He is also a lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford. 

Bechev is the author of Turkey under Erdogan (Yale University Press, 2022), Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia (Rowman, 2019), and Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale UP, 2017) as well as co-editor of Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (Bloomsbury, 2021). He has also published numerous academic articles and policy reports. 

His past positions include lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and senior policy fellow, head of the Sofia office at the European Council on Foreign Relations. 

Bechev has held fellowships at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna; Harvard’s Center for European Studies; and the European Institute, London School of Economics. He contributes frequently to Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, Politico Europe, and RFE/RL and his quotes have appeared in the FT, the Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other major news outlets. 

  • Middle East Institute January 11, 2022
    Competing Over Islam: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran In the Balkans

    In the last two decades, the Balkans appear to have become a new arena for religious competition between Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. The strategies used by these very different actors show their efforts in exporting faith in the name of power and in projecting their identity and domestic structures.

  • Op-Ed Al Jazeera January 3, 2022
    Russia-U.S. Face-Off: What Should We Expect in 2022?

    With increased summitry and frequent communication between Moscow and Washington, present-day Russia-U.S. relations harks back to the Cold War. To defuse tensions, the Americans must draw the Russians to the table and negotiate from a position of strength.

  • Op-Ed The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy December 20, 2021
    What’s Behind The Partnership Between Russia And Egypt?

    Going forward cooperation between Moscow and Cairo is expected to remain strong across the board. But there won’t be long-term commitment by either party. Russia and Egypt will remain friends but this will not lead to a formal alliance.

  • Serbia: A Testament to People Power
    Strategic Europe December 14, 2021
    Serbia: A Testament to People Power

    The fate of Serbia’s democracy is in the hands of its citizens. If the country is to move toward democratic accountability, it will be through bottom-up action, not the EU’s membership conditionality.

  • Op-Ed Al Jazeera November 22, 2021
    US and Turkey: It Is Not Over Yet

    So with all this tension between them, are Turkey and the US on the cusp of a breakup? Probably not. Neither Biden nor Erdogan is pushing for a complete decoupling.

  • Op-Ed Aljazeera November 18, 2021
    The United States and Turkey: It Is Not Over Yet

    A brief diplomatic crisis in early October demonstrated that U.S.-Turkish relations remain tense. However, Turkish reliance on Western military technology and its dedication to NATO mean it is too early to talk of decoupling.

  • Op-Ed Al Jazeera October 22, 2021
    The Western Balkans Leaving the EU Dream Behind

    This month’s Brdo declaration also spoke of “the primacy of democracy, fundamental rights and values and the rule of law”.

  • Turkey Under Erdoğan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West
    Yale University Press February 22, 2022
    Turkey Under Erdoğan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West

    Since coming to power in 2002 Recep Tayyip Erdogan has overseen a radical transformation of Turkey. Once a pillar of the Western alliance, the country has embarked on a militaristic foreign policy, and its democracy, sustained by the aspiration to join the European Union, has given way to one-man rule.

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