Languages: Bulgarian, English, German, Russian
Areas of Expertise: Foreign and Security policy, Transatlantic Relations, Regional Studies, EU enlargement, Balkans and the Black Sea region
Vessela Tcherneva is ECFR’s Programme Director and Head of ECFR Sofia Office. She is the co-founder of Sofia Platform, a venue for dialogue between members of NGOs, the media, and politics from Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. From 2010 to 2013 she was the spokesperson for the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the political cabinet of Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov. She has been the head of the Bulgarian office of the European Council for Foreign Relations since 2008, as well as programme director for Foreign Policy Studies at the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia. Between 2004 and 2006 she was secretary of the International Commission on the Balkans, chaired by former Italian prime minister Giuliano Amato. She has been a supervising editor for Foreign Policy Bulgaria magazine since its launch in 2005.
Our experts pick out four main topics to pay attention to ahead of the NATO Summit in Brussels
Vessela Tcherneva - 04 July 2018
A divided EU - with an unstable Germany, a UK on its way out and renegade central eastern member states - is only of interest to the US as an ally in competition with Russia and China
By actively supporting Macedonia and Greece to settle their name conflict, the EU could energise other countries of the Western Balkans to engage in democratic reforms, while also strengthening their economic outlook – and counter an assertive Russia.
by Various authors - 09th June, 2016
Europe shouldn’t be afraid of Russian and Chinese efforts to integrate the Eurasian landmass, but should absorb them into its international order
by Francisco de Borja Lasheras, with Vessela Tcherneva and Fredrik Wesslau - 21st March, 2016
This week, rather than putting out our ordinary podcast, we're leaving the floor to Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, head of ECFR Paris, who's hosting a discussion with the heads of most of ECFR's offices from around Europe to look at France and Macron's rise from the outside in.
Nouveau podcast de notre série sur l'élection présidentielle de 2017 ayant pour objectif de traiter les thèmes d'actualité et de contribuer au débat dans la perspective des élections françaises.
Cet épisode des Views from the Capitals de l'ECFR examine les attitudes des gouvernements et opinions publiques dans les capitales européennes au sujet de l'élection présidentielle française et de la victoire d'Emmanuel Macron, en particulier concernant les enjeux de politique étrangère.
La discussion a eu lieu entre Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de Paris, Josef Janning, directeur du bureau de Berlin, Vessela Tcherneva, directrice du bureau de Sofia, Silvia Francescon, directrice du bureau de Rome, Piotr Buras, directeur du bureau de Varsovie, Susi Dennison, directrice du programme European Power et représentant l'opinion britannique, et Borja Lasheras, directeur du bureau de Madrid.
Mark Leonard talks with the director of ECFR's office in Sofia, Vessela Tcherneva and the director of ECFR's Wider Europe programme, Fredrik Wesslau about the crisis in Macedonia and the bigger picture of political stagnation and chaos in the Balkans, at a time when accession to the EU is losing its credibility in the region.
The podcast was recorded on 5th May 2017.
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Dubravka Ugrešić, Baba Yaga Laid an Egg
Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Soli Özel, ECFR Council Member and Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and ECFR's Vessela Tcherneva on the upcoming Turkish constitutional referendum and Turkey's EU membership prospects.
The podcast was recorded in Brussels on 24 March 2017.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses with Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR Sofia office, and Aslı Aydıntaşbaş & Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellows, how US President Trump could subvert the European security order along 3 dimensions: NATO, Russia and Turkey.
The podcast was recorded on 25 January 2017.
Philip Roth, The Plot against America
Dan Harris, 10% Happier
Jürgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Vessela Tcherneva, Silvia Francescon, Ulrike Franke, Borja Lasheras, and board member Ivan Krastev, about summer readings. The list includes foreign policy books, wider readings to understand the world we live in, and finally what to read to get away from it all. The podcast was recorded on 28 July 2016.
The force of reason by Oriana Fallaci
Senza la Guerra by Massimo Cacciari, Lucio Caracciolo, Ernesto Galli della Lggia and Elisabetta Rasy
La febbre di Trump: Un fenomeno Americano by Mattia Ferraresi
Liberta a migrare: Perche ci spostiamo da sempre ed e bene cosi by Valerio Calzano and Telmo Pievani
En immersion a Molenbeek by Hind Fraihi
Reichtum ohne Gier by Sahra Wagenknecht
1913: The year before the storm by Florian Illies
La France pour la vie by Nikolas Sarkozy
Expert political judgement: How good is it? How can we know? by Philip E. Tetlock
Global inequality: A new approch for the age of globalisation by Branko Milanovic
El retorno de los chamanes by Victor Lapuente
Siria, el país de las almas rotas by Javier Espinosa and Monica G. Prieto
Esodo: Storia del nuovo millennio by Domenico Quirico
The search for Europe: Contrasting approaches, published by BBVA
1917: Razgadka “russkoj” revolyutsii by Nikolaj Starikov
The Silk Road: A new history of the world by Peter Frankopan
Thinking in time: The uses of history for decision makers by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May
Diplomat i gradinar by Ivan D. Stanchov
Ill fares the land by Tony Judt
When facts change by Tony Judt
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
The responsible company: What we’ve learned from Patagonia’s first 40 years by Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley
Drone warfare by John Kaag and Sarah Kreps
Swarm troopers: How small drones will conquer the world by David Hambling
Sternstunden der Menschheit by Stefan Zweig
The Star Rover by Jack London
The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston De Walt
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Piotr Buras, Head of ECFR’s Warsaw office and Senior Policy Fellow, Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR’s Research Director, Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR’s Progammes and the Sofia office, and Ulrike Franke, Research Assistant at ECFR and expert on military issues, about what was discussed at the summit and what that means for European security. The podcast was recorded on 11 July 2016.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Submission by Michel Houellebecq
111 things you need to see in Burgenland by Gerd Wolfgang Sievers
The world according to Europe’s insurgent parties: Putin, migration and people power by Susi Dennison and Dina Pardijs