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Timothy Less

Timothy  Less

Timothy is director of the Nova Europa consultancy, which provides political risk analysis of Eastern Europe and a member of Darwin College, where he is conducting research on the geopolitics of Southeastern Europe. He studied Contemporary Eastern European Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London and International Relations at the University of Cambridge.

Previously, Tim spent a decade working as an analyst, diplomat and policymaker at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office where, among other things, he served as the Political Secretary in Skopje (Macedonia), 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.

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