Experts & Staff : Wider Europe


Asli Aydıntaşbaş

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Turkish, conversational French

Areas of Expertise: Turkey and Turkish politics; the Kurdish issue (in Turkey and Iraq); democracy; media freedom

Gustav Gressel

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: German and English (fluent), Spanish and Polish (conversational)

Areas of Expertise: Eastern Europe; Russia; armed conflict and military affairs; defence policy; missile defence; missile proliferation

Beáta Huszka

Visiting Fellow

Languages: Hungarian, English, German, conversational Serbian

Areas of Expertise: Nationalist mobilisation; ethnic conflict studies; framing of independence movements; bilateral conflicts in the Western Balkans; EU enlargement and the role of human rights in the EU's enlargement policy; minority rights litigation in Central Eastern Europe

Mark Leonard


Languages: English, French, German

Areas of Expertise: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics; China; EU-Russia relations; transatlantic relations; EU politics and institutions; public diplomacy and nation branding; UK foreign policy

Kadri Liik

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Russian, Estonian

Areas of Expertise: Russian domestic and foreign policy; relations between Russia and the West; the Baltic Sea area; Eastern Europe

Engjellushe Morina

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: Albanian, English, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, conversational German, and some French

Areas of Expertise: Western Balkans politics, economics, and sociology; EU enlargement; violent extremism; peacebuilding and conflict transformation, dialogue, and mediation

Nicu Popescu

Director, Wider Europe programme

Languages: English, Russian, French, Romanian

Areas of Expertise: Russian domestic and foreign policies; Eastern Partnership countries and their relations with the EU; post-Soviet conflicts; cybersecurity

Majda Ruge

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, German, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, conversational French

Areas of Expertise: Nationalism, illiberal democracies & state capture, post-conflict state building & institutional reforms, CFSP, Western Balkans, transatlantic relations

Pavel Slunkin

Visiting Fellow

Languages: Belarusian, Russian, English, Spanish. Swedish and Polish (both basic level)

Areas of Expertise: Belarus domestic and foreign policy issues, relations with Russia and the European Union

Vessela Tcherneva

Deputy Director
Head, ECFR Sofia

Languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian

Areas of Expertise: EU foreign policy; Western Balkans and Black Sea regions; transatlantic relations; regional studies; energy

Alida Vračić

Visiting Fellow

Languages: English, Bosnian/Croatian

Areas of Expertise: European integration; Western Balkans politics; civil society; non –governmental organizations; good governance; transitional countries

Andrew Wilson

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian, some Belarusian, conversational French

Areas of Expertise: Ukraine; comparative politics of democratisation in the post-Soviet states; political technology

ECFR Associate Researchers