About us

Strategic Analysis is an independent consulting company and boutique think-tank providing cutting-edge expertise for the private sector, public institutions, media, and civil society. Slovakia-based Strategic Analysis focuses primarily on the European Neighbourhood with particular emphasis on the Western Balkans and South Caucasus. Strategic Analysis team combines over ten years of experience working and networking across the Western Balkans and South Caucasus.

Our expertise includes a thorough knowledge of both regions in terms of geopolitics, internal politics, international relations, security, economy, business environment, civil society, and culture. Moreover, thanks to years of developing relationships with the public as well as non-state actors across the regions, Strategic Analysis has an extensive networking capacity for interested decision-makers, business as well as civil society partners.

The Strategic Analysis offers its expertise and capacities vis-á-vis the Western Balkans and South Caucasus in four different courses: via Trainings; Support of actions; creation of partnerships (Network) and through Research.

Executive Team

Ján Cingel is the Founder and CEO of Strategic Analysis, formerly a Research Fellow and the Head of the European Neighborhood Programme of the GLOBSEC Policy Institute, a Slovakia-based think-tank. Before, he worked as a project manager of the European Neighbourhood Development Programme at GLOBSEC (previously the Slovak Atlantic Commission). His areas of expertise are: the Western Balkans, South Caucasus, radicalisation, violent extremism, NATO, and the EU integration-related issues and processes. He has run numerous projects in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Before joining the Slovak Atlantic Commission, Jan worked at the Bilateral relations office of the Defence Policy, International Relations and Legislation Department of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic. He is one of the co-founders of the Bratislava Global Security Forum – GLOBSEC (since 2005). Jan graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations of the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, with an MA. degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Alexandra Tóthová is the COO and Project Manager at Strategic Analysis. She graduated from Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, later, she studied international relations, and economy focused on the region of East Asia at the University of Vienna. Over her career, she worked for various think-tanks: the GLOBSEC Policy Institute and MESA10. She also has experience in the corporate sphere.

Tomáš Baranec is a Research Fellow and the Head of the Caucasus Programme of the Strategic Analysis. Tomas is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. He also spent one year as an exchange student at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, where he studied the transformation of the Caucasus region after the collapse of the Soviet Union. After finishing university, Tomas spent another year as a volunteer in Georgia, conducting monitoring and research on the Georgian-Ossetian ABL. Before joining Strategic Analysis, he worked as an analyst at the Institute of Security and Defence Studies in Bratislava, in the private sphere, and most recently in the News Agency of the Slovak Republic and Daily Standard in Slovakia. His research interests include nationalism, factors of ethnic conflicts and separatism, as well as the formation of collective identities with a focus on the Caucasus region.

Ivan Iliev is a Research Fellow of the Western Balkans Programme of the Strategic Analysis. Ivan is a graduate of Maastricht University in the Netherlands. During his studies, Ivan interned at GLOBSEC, Strategic Policy Institute in Bratislava, and at the British Embassy in Bratislava or the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU. After finishing his studies, Ivan worked as an assistant to the member of the Slovak parliament and the Head of the European Affairs Committee, and currently works as a Chief State Advisor at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, the RRP section. His research interests include Western Balkans and neighbourhood policy, European Union security, and NATO and transatlantic relations.

Petra Bošková is a Project Coordinator and Junior Researcher. Petra studied International relations at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She was a Program Assistant at Euro- Atlantic Centre in Banská Bystrica. During her studies, Petra interned at Jagello 2000 during NATO Days and Czech Airforce Days at the VIP department, also at the Representation of European Commission in Slovakia at the Political and Media Department. Moreover, she participated in the project University Debates, organised by MESA10, during which they debated in Belgrade and Brussels about the role of the European Union and NATO and their influence in the Western Balkans. Her research interests include Russia’s influence in Western Balkans, Montenegro`s relations with the EU and Russia, and European Union`s neighbourhood policy.

Our Young Balkanists

Matúš Babulík is an Intern of the Young Balkanist Programme. Matúš is a student of Economic diplomacy at the University of Economics in Bratislava. He was an exchange student at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, where he studied International relations. He is a leader of the youth non-governmental organisation Civic-Democratic Youth, which focuses on educating young people about public affairs in the spirit of democratic and European values. He was an intern at the GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava. His research interests include Kosovo-Serbia relations, China’s influence in the Western Balkans and European Union`s neighbourhood policy.

Jakub Kužel is an Intern of the Young Balkanist Programme. Jakub is a student of Economic diplomacy at the University of Economics in Bratislava. He was an exchange student at the University of Applied Sciences FH Burgenland in Austria, where he studied International relations. During his studies, he worked as a trainee for the German-Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He was also an intern at the Slovak Embassy in Skopje. His research interests include politics and the economy in the Western Balkans and the progress of the western Balkans towards integration into the European Union.

Tibor Čech is an Intern of the Young Balkanist Programme. Tibor is a student of Economic Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Bratislava. He participated in Erasmus+ Program and studied at Georg-August Universität Göttingen at the Faculty of Business and Economics. In the past, his research included Afghanistan and Central Asia with a focus on new players in that region. He is interested in following the current situation and development in Eastern Europe and in the Balkan region.