Vladimir Shopov is an author, researcher and consultant. A graduate of political science at the University of Sofia University (St. Kliment Ohridski) and the London School of Economics and Political Science, he has also studied at Oxford University, London University (Queen Mary College), the New School for Social Research in New York, the Sonoma State University of California and Peking University in China and acquired professional specialisations at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the European University Institute, Florence. He currently lectures at the New Bulgarian University and the Diplomatic Institute of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry. He also engages as a lecturer at various European and Asian universities and research centres.
Formerly, he was an advisor on European affairs to the minister of the interior (1997-1998), within the Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU (1998-2001) at the British Embassy in Sofia (2002-2003) and to the minister of foreign affairs (2014-2017). He has also worked as a professor of political science at the University of Sofia University (St. Kliment Ohridski) (2004-2006) and as a manager and senior researcher at Alpha Research Ltd. (2006 -2008). On top of his regular work, he has also been engaged by the European Parliament and lawmakers within it, the European Commission, the British Council and many European and Asian research centres. Furthermore, he has consulted companies from the UK, Spain, USA, Sweden and others, is a columnist on foreign policy issues for Forbes Bulgaria and a co-founder of Reduta.bg as well as being a member of the British Association for Political Studies.
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