Areas of Expertise

  • Differentiated enlargement, EU enlargement policy, and external dimensions of justice and home affairs
  • Corrosive capital and external (malign) influences
  • Southeast Europe

Short Bio

Zoran Nechev has been working as an associate fellow at DGAP since July 2021. He specializes in EU-Western Balkans relations, external dimensions of justice and home affairs, corrosive capital, and malign influences.

In addition, Nechev heads the Center for EU Integration of the Institute for Democracy, a North Macedonian think tank. He is a member of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) and a Europe’s Futures Fellow 2021/22 at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna.

Previously, he was an academic guest at the Center for International and Comparative Studies, ETH Zürich, where he examined the effects of the EU’s conditionality policy. As a senior associate fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies, he was involved in activities related to “Global Strategy,” resilience, and Balkan Futures. 

Nechev is currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Macedonian (native), English, Italian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Bosnian


[Last updated: January 2023]

Zoran Nechev