Five senior researchers, nine PhD holders, four MAs, thirteen altogether,
is the team, not hired on a permanent basis. Dissertation writers and
students are also volunteering in the ISIS
Ambassador Valeri Ratchev
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic
of Bulgaria to the Republic of Iraq and Councillor to the Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Valeri R. Ratchev has presented his Letters of
Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of
Bulgaria to the Republic of Iraq on March 22, 2006.
This is the first diplomatic post of Valeri Ratchev.
At this rank he arrived after 30 years military career from the position of
Deputy Commandant of ‘G. S.
Defense and Staff College and Dean of National Security and Defense
Faculty. He served also as a Deputy Director for Defence Planning at the
Ministry of Defence, Deputy Director of the National Security Studies
Centre, editor-in-chief of the MoD’ professional bi-monthly Military
Journal and on a variety of positions as a commanding and staff officer in
the Bulgarian Armed Forces. For his service he has been decorated with
Medal for Distinguished Military Service (II and III classes) and many
other signs as well as with a personal combat arm.
In the period 2009-2013 he served as Chief of the
Political Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
Since 2013 he is Associate of the Center for
Management of Security and Defense of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
He has earned a B.S. and M. A. in military art in the
Artillery Academy in Shoumen, Bulgaria and Artilery College in Sanct
Peterburg (Leninigrad) and obtained qualification in international
relations and security from the U.S.-German George C. Marshall European
Center for Security Studies (Garmish-Partenkirchen), the Institute for
International Relations in Rome (Italy), and the University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor, USA).
His area of expertise includes international and
national security issues, defense transformation and force planning, civil-military
relations and crisis management. On those issues he has published and
lectured in Bulgaria, Europe and USA.
Valeri Ratchev is Senior Research Associate of ISIS.
His affiliation with the Institute is since 1995.
Velko Attanassoff is holding an honorary dual master
degree - Master of Arts in National Security Studies (Middle East Regional
Studies) and Master of Science in Defense Analysis (Low Intensity Conflict)
from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, USA.
Since 2012 he is Ph. D in International Relations of
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”.
He is Senior
Research Associate with the Institute for Security and International
Studies (ISIS) in Sofia, Bulgaria and also lectured “Contemporary Islam” in
the International Security M. A. Program of the International Relations
Department of the Law School at the Sofia University “St. Kliment
His research interests are in the field of Islamic
activism and collective action (i.e., revolutions, rebellions, and social
movements) in Muslim societies.
He worked on EU Multipart project and the Sofia
University project “Post Conflict Rehabilitation – the building of security
partnership and the EU Role”, and also on his PhD thesis, focused on
religious activism in the Balkans and the consequences for the regional
security. His important publications are: “Bosnia and Herzegovina—Islamic
Revival, International Advocacy Networks and Islamic Terrorism” (Strategic
Insights, Volume IV, Issue 5 (May 2005); “The Case of Afghanistan” in
Cultural Awareness – New Educational Standards, New Security (Sofia
University Press, 2008).
Presently he serves as Deputy Head of Mission at the
Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
Research Associate, Institute for Security and International Studies since
Programs, Centre for National Security and Defence Research – Bulgarian Academy
of Sciences, http://cnsdr.bas.bg
Editor, Information & Security: An International Journal, http://infosec.procon.bg/,
Director, Center for Management of ecurity and Defense, Bulgarian Academy
Minister of Defense in the 88th Caretaker Governmemt
of Bulgaria, 13
March – 29 May, 2013.
in electrical engineering (1982), Air Force Academy, Bulgaria
(1989), N.E. Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy, Moscow
studies (1994), U.S. Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base,
Academy of Sciences: Senior Researcher, current; 2002 – 2005, 1995-1998
Rakovski” Defence and Staff College: Chair, Defence Management Department;
2005 – 2008
of Defence: Director, Armaments Policy (May – Sep 2001); Director, Defence
Planning (1998 – Apr 2001)
Force: field assignments (1982-1986), Assistant Professor - Air Force
Academy (1989-1992), Joint assignment (1992-1994)
Main field of specialization:
policy and planning, security sector reform (primarily from organizational
management perspective, with focus on planning, resource management, and
and defence R&T management
and defence economics, defence industrial base
Current research interest:
capability-oriented planning for the
defence and the security sector (planning under uncertainty, complexity)
transformation in partner countries (with experience in Bulgaria, the
Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and
Petyo Valkov is an ISIS Research Associate since
2011. He graduated the International Security M. A. Program of the
International Relations Department of the Law School at the Sofia
University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”. In 2008 he obtained a postgraduate qualification
in Accounting, Control and Analysis of Corporate Activity from the Academy
of Economics “D. A. Tzenov” and a Master degree in 2007 in National
Security Studies from National Military University.
Currently he is on a diplomatic mission at the Embassy
of the Republic of Bulgaria in Skopje, Macedonia and is responsible for
political affairs and NGOs.
His research interests are in the field of national
and regional security, international conflicts, international relations
theory, and globalization.
He is working on a research thesis, focused on the
role and activities of the Albanian factor in the Balkans and the
consequences for the regional security. His major publications are: “The
tensions between Serbia and Kosovo – A major generator of instability in
the region” (RESEARCH REPORTS 25 at ISIS) and “Gaining perspectives through
bilateral cooperation: Bulgaria - Macedonia” (Part of the policy
recommendations of 25th Workshop of PfP – Consortium Study Group “Regional
Stability in South East Europe” in Skopje).
Mira Kaneva (Ph.D.) is an ISIS Research Associate
since 2011. Assistant Professor at the Department of International Law and International
Relations, Faculty of Law, Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’;
seminars in: ‘International Relations’, ‘Theory of International
Relations’, ‘Foreign Policy’, “International Negotiations’ and course of
lectures on “Power in Modern International Relations” within the M.A.
program “Cultural Liaisons and Geopolitics of the EU”.
She holds two Master’s degrees – in International
Relations and in Law. Her Ph.D. thesis covers the theoretical issues of
soft power and, more specifically, their practical implementation in
unconventional forms of diplomacy. Her interests encompass issues such as
diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international security, global
governance, international regimes, international law and ethics.
Member of International Studies Association since
Some of her publications are: The Broader
Implications of Soft Power in International Relations: Seminar Diplomacy.
In: “Fulbright International Summer Institute – 2012. Ph.D. STUDENTS’
FORUM: Dialogues in the Field of International Relations, Security, Human
Rights and EU Studies” (Editor-in-chief: Kostadin Grozev; Reviewed and
compiled by Mira Kaneva). University Research Complex for the Humanities
‘Alma Mater’, University Press ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’, Sofia, 2013, pp.
74-87. Other (in Bulgarian) on: international agreements as a result of or
a process of international negotiations and the role of soft law (2012); EU
soft power (2012; 2014); hard power in international intervention – its
legality and legitimacy (2013); public diplomacy and propaganda (2013).
Yanko Yordanov is an Associate
of ISIS since 2009.
He is a Ph.D. student at the International Law and International
Relations Department of the Faculty of Law at Sofia University “St. Kliment
Ohridski”. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations and a
Master degree in International Security from the same faculty.
He has completed the Basic Course in Diplomacy at the
Diplomatic Institute to the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the
Professional Course in Foreign Policy of India at the Foreign Service
Institute to the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India.
Since 2009 he has been working for the UN and
Cooperation for Development Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of the Republic of Bulgaria.
His research interests are in the fields of China’s
foreign policy, EU-China relations, China-India relations, UN peacekeeping
His important publications are: 1) „Bosnia and
Herzegovina in Chinese Foreign Policy”, in “Democracy and Security in
Southeastern Europe” Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 8/9, Sarajevo, 2011; 2)
„Multipolarity or Multilateral Cooperation – the New Emerging Powers`
Dilemma”, International Relations
Magazine, n 2, Sofia, 2012,; 3) “China’s energy policy and its external
dimensions”, in Ph.D. Students’ Forum: Dialogues in the Field of
International Relations, Security, Human Rights and EU Studies, University
Research Complex for the Humanities “Alma Mater”, University Press “St.
Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, 2013. 4) He is among the researchers working on
Sofia University’s Research Complex for the Humanities “Alma Mater” project
under the name of “Centers of Power in International Relations, Their
Interaction and the Polarity Issue in the XXI Century: Implications for the
Security Policy of EU and Bulgaria”.
Boyan Boyanov is an Associate
of ISIS since 2012. He is a Ph.D. student at the International Law and
International Relations Department of the Law School at Sofia University
“St. Kliment Ohridski”. He holds a Master degree in International Relations
from the same School and a Master degree in International Public Policy
from Osaka School of International Public Policy of Osaka University. He
was awarded a Japanese Government research scholarship. Between 2003 and
2008, he was an expert at the International Organizations and Arms Control
Department, International Cooperation Directorate, Ministry of Defense of
the Republic of Bulgaria. His research interests have been vested in nuclear
weapons nonproliferation, arms control issues, international terrorism and Northeast
Asian politics, particularly Japan’s foreign policy and North Korea’s nuclear-powered
diplomacy. He has academic publications on these issues.
Ivo Tsekov (b. 1981) is an M.A. in International Relations, M. A. in International Security and PhD holder in International Relations at the Law School of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky”. His research interests are in the fields of nuclear deterrence, security and cyber security policy. Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations of the Law School of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridsky” and Associate of ISIS since 2016.