About us

About us

Bulgaria Analytica is a project of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies (CBBSS), the brainchild of the late Alex Alexiev, designed to provide analytical, fact-based information on Bulgaria and the region on a wide range of geopolitical, national security, economic, financial and foreign-political issues, among others.

Bulgaria Analytica and its analysts strongly support Bulgaria’s democratic and free market orientation as well as its membership in the European Union. This publication seeks to highlight the unique geographic and geopolitical position Bulgaria has in Europe and offer perspectives from across the board to give our readers a balanced account of affairs related to Europe, and Bulgaria’s unique position within it.

The opinions expressed in the articles written for Bulgaria Analytica are solely those of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of CBBSS or its sponsors.

Bulgaria Analytica is an independent initiative, supported by its readers.



Bulgaria Analytica International Advisory Board


Steven Hayward – Prof. Hayward is a prominent American historian and political scientist. He is the author of many books, including the definitive biography of Ronald Reagan (The Age of Reagan in two volumes). He is a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, and a visiting lecturer at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall Law School and writes a daily blog at the powerlineblog.com.

G. Murphy Donovan – Colonel Donovan is a former USAF Intelligence officer, Vietnam veteran, a graduate of Iona College (BA), the University of Southern California (MS), the Defense Intelligence College, and the Air War College. He is a former Senior USAF Research Fellow at RAND Corporation, Santa Monica and the former Director of Research and Russian (nee Soviet) Studies, ACS Intelligence, HQ USAF, serving under General James Clapper. Donovan has served at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Central intelligence Agency.

Benjamin Lambeth – Dr. Benjamin S. Lambeth is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a position he assumed in 2011 following a 37-year career at the RAND Corporation. A long-time specialist in international security affairs and air warfare, he has extensive flight experience in more than 40 different combat aircraft types worldwide and is the author of The Transformation of American Air Power. Dr. Lambeth is a recipient of the prestigious U.S. Air Force Lifetime Achievement Award

Ross Johnson – Dr. Johnson is a prominent American specialist on Eastern Europe and the author of many books and monographs on the region. His most recent book is “Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty; The CIA Years and Beyond,” (Stanford University Press, 2010). He has served as the director of Radio Free Europe and is currently a senior scholar at the Wilson Center in Wash. D.C.

Kent Osband – Dr. Osband is an American economist, strategist, financial risk analyst and longtime student of Bulgaria. He is the author of two well-known books on quantitative risk analysis (Iceberg Risk: An Adventure in Portfolio Theory and Pandora Risk: Uncertainty at the Core of Finance) and has served both in the public (IMF, WB) and private sectors (Goldman Sachs, CSFB, Fortress Investments).