Milan Nič

Senior Fellow, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

Expertise

  • Visegrad Group
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Fundamental questions of EU integration
  • European security
  • EU and NATO enlargement
  • The Western Balkans
  • Transatlantic relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Geopolitics and Geoeconomics
  • Risk Analysis

Languages

English, Czech, Serbo-Croatian

Contact

Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-13
Email: nic@dgap.org

Milan Nič joined the DGAP in April 2017 as a senior fellow in the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia.

He previously headed the Europe program at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia and was managing director of its predecessor institution, the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI). From 2010 to 2012, he served as senior adviser to the Deputy Foreign Minister of Slovakia. Prior to that, he advised the High Representative/EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nič began his professional carrier as a broadcaster at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty covering the transition period in Central and Eastern Europe. He was later an analyst at the European Stability Initiative think tank and program director at the Pontis Foundation. In 2010, he contributed to a book of essays on the EU and Slovak foreign policy with Tomas Valasek, Balazs Jarabik, Jana Kobzova, and others.

Nič earned his MPhil from the Charles University in Prague, his MA at the Central European University in Budapest, and also studied at the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

His expertise includes the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia), Central and Eastern Europe, fundamental questions of EU integration, European security, EU and NATO enlargement, the Western Balkans, and transatlantic relations.

publications

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Selected Publications

Detour d’Europe
What the French president’s recent visit to Central and Eastern Europe reveals about his EU reform agenda.
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, September 1, 2017
Detour d’Europe
Emmanuel Macron has gone East to pursue reforms of European labor laws, but his real target was his audience at home. This could cause headaches, especially in Berlin.
Category: European Union
Germany’s Bridging Role
Daniela Schwarzer’s views on Poland and the European Union’s next phase
by Daniela Schwarzer, Milan Nič
Germany’s Bridging Role
Listen to the podcast of Milan Nič’s interview with Daniela Schwarzer, director of the DGAP, on Trump’s July visit to Warsaw and the dilemmas that Poland faces today in the European Union.
Category: European Union, Poland, Germany, France
Is Populism on the Run?
Judy Dempsey Asks Milan Nič and Other Experts
by Milan Nič
Carnegie Europe Blog, April 2017
Milan Nič argues that relief at the first round of the French presidential elections might be misguided: not only did populist candidates altogether receive almost half the vote, the Front National could also win June’s parliamentary elections. While several European countries are in fact already governed by populists, Europe continues to face the danger of populism seeping into the mainstream and shaping agendas – irrespective of whether populists win an election.
Balkan Troubles
The six countries of the Western Balkans need the EU’s full attention.
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, March 31, 2017
Balkan Troubles
Russia, and to a lesser extent Turkey, have increased their efforts to destabilize the European Union’s “inner courtyard” of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia. Brussels – and Berlin – urgently need to reengage. After an extended absence, the Western Balkans finally returned to the European agenda at the March 9 EU summit. The DGAP's new Central Europe expert contributes to the DGAP's Berlin Policy Journal.
Cracks Appearing
by Milan Nič
Berlin Policy Journal, January 10, 2017
Cracks Appearing
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has declared 2017 “the year of revolt” against the “old European liberal elite.” But his Visegrád group of Central European countries is far less united than many think.
Slovakia in the EU
An Unexpected Success Story?
by Milan Nič, Marek Slobodník, Michal Šimečka
DGAPanalyse 6, May 10, 2014, 20 pp.
Slovakia in the EU
Slovakia has emerged as an unlikely success story of the 2004 EU enlargement. The country’s first decade as a member state was marked by robust growth – spurred by pro-market reforms of the early 2000s – and relative economic resilience and political stability during the global economic crisis.
Category: European Union, Slovak Republic
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