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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.


Timothy Less is the lead researcher at the Centre for Geopolitics’ project on Disintegration Studies. His research focuses on the breakdown of the existing political order in Europe, the forces driving this process and the new political order. He is currently launching a programme of research into the Balkans as the current settlement in the region comes under growing stress. This builds on his doctoral research into the question of Bosnia’s survival as a state.

Outside CfG, Tim works as a consultant specialising in the politics of eastern Europe and speaks and writes frequently on European politics in the media. Prior to this, he spent a decade working as an analyst, diplomat and policymaker at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office where, among other things, he ran the British Embassy Office in Banja Luka (Bosnia) and the EU Institutions department in London. He is also a former lecturer in Eastern European Politics at the University of Kent and a former risk analyst for the financial sector.


Key publications: 


  • 'Dysfunction in the Balkans', Foreign Affairs, December 2016 
  • 'Turkey’s Reflexive Return to the Balkans, Turkish Area Studies Review, Autumn 2016
  • 'Keine guten Alternativen im neuen Kalten Krieg', Berliner Republik, September 2016
  • 'The End of the Post-Yugoslav Settlement', Conference paper delivered at the First Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies, University of Tartu, June 2016
  • 'The New Balkan Wars', New Statesman', February 2016
  • 'The End of Europe' (with Brendan Simms), New Statesman, November 2015
  • ‘Do Putin's Policies Threaten European Stability?’ Public debate, Danube Institute, Budapest, March 2015,
  • ‘Ukraine and Its Neighbours’, Conference paper delivered at the 8th Europe-Ukraine Forum, Łódź, Poland, February 2015
  • ‘Britain and the EU’, Public Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic, November 2014
  • ‘Bosnia: A Crisis of Disintegration’, conference paper delivered before the Central and East European International Studies Association, University of Babeş-Bolyai Romania, June 2014
Lead Researcher, Disintegration in Europe
Member of Darwin College
 Timothy   Less

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