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Forum on Geopolitics

Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Studying at Cambridge


Timothy Less

Timothy  Less

As an affiliate of the Forum on Geopolitics, Timothy Less is supporting the development of the Forum’s work on risk analysis and scenario mapping.

Timothy is director of the Nova Europa consultancy, which provides political risk analysis of Eastern Europe to private sector clients, and a member of Darwin College, where he is conducting research on the geopolitics of Southeastern Europe.

Previously, Timothy Less 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, and led the Prime Minister’s initiative on Countries at Risk of Instability. He is also a former lecturer in Eastern European Politics at the University of Kent and a former risk analyst for the ratings agency, Dun & Bradstreet, where he covered the Balkans and the former Soviet Union.

Subject groups/Research projects

Borderlands: Russia and the rest of Europe:

Key Publications

  • European Disintegration Studies (with Prof. Brendan Simms), New Statesman (forthcoming)
  • ‘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