Languages: Slovak, English, Russian, conversational French and German
Areas of Expertise: EU relations with Eastern Europe and Russia; democratisation in the post-Soviet states; Belarus; Central Asia
Jana Kobzova is 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.
Jana Kobzova - 16 November 2017
The EU is right to demand reforms from its Eastern Partners – but its own expectations need to adjust to the region’s realities
Jana Kobzova - 15 July 2016
Kyiv is making a dangerous mistake in confusing western solidarity with unconditional support for the Ukrainian government and its policies.
Jana Kobzova - 19 May 2015
The EU should stop rewarding its eastern neighbours’ promises and anchor its aid on reforms delivery.
Jana Kobzova - 09 March 2015
Slovakia has taken steps to diversify its economic interests away from Russia, which has altered its calculus on sanctions.