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Bojana Zorić joined the Institute in September 2023 as an Associate Analyst for the Western Balkans. In this capacity, she covers the analysis of policy and security developments in the Western Balkans, particularly in the context of enlargement, transatlantic relations, third-party influence, as well as other day-to-day developments that affect Euro-Atlantic security infrastructure.
Previously, she held the position of Senior Policy Analyst at the Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo, where she, among others, led the analysis of the Balkan Barometer, including in security and (geo)political domains. Before that, she was stationed in Brussels with the European Committee of the Regions and in Stockholm with the Swedish International Liberal Centre, where she worked on democracy building and promotion in Eastern Partnership countries.
Bojana contributed to book volumes published by Routledge and Springer Handbook of Political Science and International Relations and has published in several peer-reviewed journals focusing on security developments in the Western Balkans, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and North Macedonia.
She was awarded an MA degree in European Union-Russia studies from the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies (University of Tartu) and an MA degree in Russian Philology and Pedagogy from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Zagreb). As part of her education, she also studied at KU Leuven, Saint Petersburg State University, and Tallinn University. Currently, she is completing a PhD degree with a specialisation in security studies at Masaryk University, where she examines the scope and impact of Turkish foreign policy in the Western Balkans over the last decade.