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Dr. Rumena Filipova

Dr. Rumena Filipova is Chairperson and Founder of the Institute for Global Analytics. She received a DPhil and MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Rumena has been a Denton Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C. and a recipient of the State Department’s IVLP Impact Award. She has gained a wide-ranging experience in the think tank sector at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, (previously) Carnegie Moscow Center, the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Chatham House, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Center for the Study of Democracy (Bulgaria).

Rumena’s main research interests focus on the politics and international relations of Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular reference to questions of identity, Constructivist IR theory, media and disinformation, the authoritarian influence exercised by Russia and China in the region. She has an extensive background in conference presentations and organization and has appeared in a range of Bulgarian and international media.

Selected publications:

Filipova, R., 2024, ‘The Alarming Embrace of Anti-Democratic Ideas by Young Europeans‘, Center for European Policy Analysis

Filipova, R., 2024, ‘Bulgaria: A Pro-Kremlin Disruptor Throws a Wrench in the Works’, Ch.2 in Balfour, R., Lehne, S., (eds.), Charting the Radical Right’s Influence on EU Foreign Policy, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Filipova, R., 2023, History Undone. Russia’s Historical Disinformation, Bulgaria’s Memory Politics and Lessons for Dealing with the Past from Central and Eastern Europe, Institute for Global Analytics

Filipova, R., 2023, ‘Teetering on the Brink of Regional Convergence. Bulgarians’ Stances on Russia’s War against Ukraine, Strategic Orientation, Democracy, Media and Values vis-à-vis Central and Eastern Europe‘, Institute for Global Analytics

Filipova, R., 30 April 2022, Constructing the Limits of Europe: Identity and Foreign Policy in Poland, Bulgaria, and Russia since 1989, with forewords by Harald Wydra and Gergana Yankova-Dimova, Ibidem Verlag, distributed by Columbia University Press

Filipova, R., Shopov, V., 2022, Authoritarians on a Media Offensive in the Midst of War. The Informational Influence of Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and the Gulf States in Southeast Europe, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Programme South East Europe

Filipova, R., 2022, ‘Bulgaria’s Balancing Act‘, Eurozine. Translation of the article in Bulgarian in Liberal review. 

Filipova, R., 2021, ‘Danger Almost Deferred? Chinese Corrosive Capital in Bulgaria and Romania‘, Central European Institute of Asian Studies

Filipova, R., 2021, Tackling Kremlin’s Media Capture in Southeast Europe. Shared Patterns, Specific Vulnerabilities and Responses to Russian Disinformation, Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy

Filipova, R., Stefanov, R., 2021, Countering Kremlin’s Media Influence in Europe. Patterns of Anti-Democratic Messaging, Disinformation Response, and Resilience Assets, Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy

Filipova, R., Stefanov, R, 2021, ‘The Twin Authoritarian Challenge in the Western Balkans’, Europe’s Edge, Center for European Policy Analysis

Filipova, R., 2020, The Shrinking Space for Media Freedom in Southeast Europe in the Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic and State of Emergency, Sofia: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Programme South East Europe

Filipova, R., Stefanov, R., 2020, ‘Democracy in Bulgaria: still fragile after 30 years of transition’, Globsec/Center for the Study of Democracy

Filipova, R., 2019, ‘Democracy beyond elections. Government accountability in the media age’, Book review, Democratization, Vol. 27, No 8, pp. 1547-1549

Filipova, R., 2019, ‘Chinese Influence in Bulgaria: Knocking on a Wide Open Door?’, China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE)

Filipova, R., Galev, T., 2018, Russian Influence in the Media Sectors of the Black Sea Countries. Tools, Narratives and Policy Options for Building Resilience, Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy