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Security Risks and Challenges: A View from Bulgaria
Bordering Greece and Turkey, Bulgaria has had a close-up view of the impact of the migration crisis, and the toll it has taken on Western unity, whether that is within NATO or the EU. It has also viewed with caution the turmoil arising from the recent coup attempt in Turkey, which has caused fractures in NATO and called into question Turkey’s accession to the EU. Adding to this, the increasing militarisation of the Black Sea and Russia’s growing confidence across the region has been the subject of much discussion in Sofia.
To discuss these growing issues in greater detail and to also hear how Bulgaria views Britain’s historic decision to leave the EU at this critical juncture, H.E. Mr Daniel Mitov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Bulgaria, will give his thoughts in a wide-ranging speech on the south-eastern flank of NATO and the EU. This event will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director for Strategic Research Partnerships and International Director of RUSI.
H.E. Mr Daniel Mitov graduated from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", specializing in Political Science. He has participated in the international exchange programmes of Marshall Memorial Fund (German Marshall Fund of the US), and the “Programme des personnalites d’avenir” of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He specialized in Political skills at the Center for Continuing Education at New Bulgarian University.
In 2002, Daniel Mitov worked at the Political Academy for Central and Southeast Europe as part of the Bulgarian School of Politics team and Razum magazine. In 2006, he became Executive Director of the Democracy foundation, and then Vice President of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party. He has participated in the establishment of Bulgaria for the Citizens political party.
Since the autumn of 2010, he worked for the US National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Iraq, where he was Program Manager of the Political party development program. As an official NDI representative, he has also worked in Brussels, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, Yemen, Tunisia and others.
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