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.

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 Manager 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.

 Young Leaders Programme

Matúš Babulík is an Intern of the Young Leaders 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 Leaders 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 Leaders 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.

Lýdia Chobotová is an Intern of the Young Leaders Programme.   Lýdia is a student of European Studies at Comenius University in Bratislava, where she is mostly interested in human rights, cultural wars, and the integration of Western Balkans into the European Union. She has also partaken in summer schools focused on extremism, radicalisation, human rights and democracy. 



Adam Németh is an Intern of Young Leaders ProgrammeAdam is a graduate of International Relations at the University of Groningen. During his studies, he was an exchange student at the Autonomous University of Madrid. During his studies, he was an active member of Fridays For Future and later a board member of the Green Office which coordinates and initiates projects related to sustainability at the University. Recently, he undertook an internship at the Slovak Embassy in Helsinki. Currently, he is an intern in the Programme Department at Club de Madrid, a leadership alliance of democratically elected former presidents and prime ministers. His research interests include secessionism and self-determination in Spain and in the Western Balkans. 

Chiara Mihalčatinová is an Intern of the Young Leaders Programme. Chiara is a student of International Relations and Diplomacy at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. During her  studies she participated in erasmus exchange at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and was also an intern at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in The Hague. Her academic work focuses on geopolitical developments in the Western Balkans with regard to the influence of state and non-state actors on the region. 



Laura Ďorďová is an intern of the Young Leaders Programme. She is in her bachelor year of International and Diplomatic studies, an English taught programme, in the Prague University of Economics and Business. Laura is a volunteer, activist and part-time employee of the international non-governmental organisation Greenpeace, where she deepens her knowledge of environmental policies and threats of climate change. Moreover, Laura is a member of the Young Political Scientists club at her university, where she helps with the organisation of discussions, debates and conferences. She also manages the club’s social media and creates their graphic designs. The topics of her interest include international security relations and military threats, peace studies, media and information policies, historical as well as contemporary international relations and diplomatic protocol. Laura enjoys studying languages and so far she is actively learning English, German, Spanish and Chinese language.

Sára Gregová is an Intern of Young Leaders Programme.   Sára is a student of International Relations at Masaryk University in Brno. She participated in Erasmus+ Program and studied International Politics at University of Bologna. In the past, Sára participated in V4 Conference Youth Project. Recently, she undertook an internship at the Demagóg.SK. Sára is also a member of Student Section of the International Institute of Political Science. She is  interested in French foreign policy, Caucasus region and the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union.

Lenka Semančíková is an Intern of the Young Leaders Programme. Lenka is a graduate of Economic Diplomacy and International Economic Relations at the University of Economics in Bratislava where her academic work was focused on the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the reintegration of Kyiv not controlled areas. During her studies, she was an active member of the student organization Student parliament of the Faculty of International Relations that represents students in front of the authorities of the Faculty and University. She participated in student exchange programs in Spain and Russia and was an intern at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Skopje. Her research interests include the current situation and development in North Macedonia specifically in relation to the European Union and Kosovo-Serbia relations.

Barbora Tomanová is an Intern of the Young Leaders Programme. She studies International Relations and European Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. During her studies, she took a part in the Erasmus programme and spent one semester at the University in Malta. Barbora was an intern at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic and is an active member of the Student Section of the International Institute of Political Science. Last year, she attended a course at Tallinn University in Estonia on the Impact of EU-Russia relations on the Eastern Partnership. Her academic interests include the South Caucasus region, the EU foreign policy, and the security situation in the Middle East.

Victoria Valová  is an Intern of the Young Leaders Programme. She is a graduate of International Relations and Organisations at Leiden University in The Hague. In the upcoming year, Victoria will continue deepening my knowledge in the field of security studies by doing my master’s degree in Crisis and Security Management, with a specialization in Intelligence and National Security. In the past, she was an intern at the GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava. Currently, Victoria is an intern at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in The Hague. She interested in security-related topics, mainly terrorism, authoritarian regimes, and cybersecurity. During her studies, she has extensively researched civil wars and terrorism in the MENA region.

Marianna Dobisová is an Intern of the Young Leaders Programme.  She is a current second year student of International Relations at Coventry University located in United Kingdom. Marianna is mainly interested in Balkan and region of Bosnia and Herzegovina as she, during her studies at English Lutheran high school, took a part in study trip to this region. The outcome of study trip was an exhibition focused on nationalism, extremism and human rights, which are the topics still close to her even today.  

Katarína Žiaranová is an Intern at the Young Leaders Programme. Katarína is a graduate of Regional Geography, Regional Development and European Integration at Comenius University of Bratislava. The focus of her diploma thesis was the politico-geographical analysis of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. The bachelor thesis was about the politico-geographical characteristics of an internationally unrecognized state, Transnistria. As a student she was an intern at Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic and at City Hall of Bratislava the Capital City of Slovakia. She was working in Norway or in Spain during her summers as a student.

Adam Šiko is an Intern of the Young Leaders Programme. Adam is currently pursuing his bachelor ́s degree in Political Science at the University of Trencin. His main interests in geopolitical topics range from global conflicts through diplomacy to sociological perspective of said conflicts, and their impact on native citizens. He is interested in analyzing the state of radicalization and ongoing tense situation in the balkan peninsula.

Victoria Mária Širocká is an Intern in the Young Leaders Programme. She is a student of International relations and European studies at the University of Masaryk in Brno. Regarding to the Erasmus+ program, she spent her last semester in Paris where she studied at theInstitute of Political Studies, SciencesPo. She is currently interning at the Parliamentaryinstitute of the National Council of the Slovak Republic while being an active member of the student Section of the International Institute of Political Science at her university. Victoria is generally interested in human rights issues. Still, her academic area of interest entails the EU and French foreign policy, security development in the MENA region and the rule of law issues in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

Ivan Sokolovský is an Intern at the Young Leaders Programme. Ivan is a student of Economic diplomacy at the University of Economics in Bratislava. Throughout his studies, he studied in Prague, was an exchange student at the University of Rijeka, an intern at the University of Zagreb. He also completed an internship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which helped him understand the situation of the countries in Central Asia. Ivan is interested in the economics of the Balkan countries, current tensions, and demographic issues