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Martin Vladimirov

Senior Analyst
Economic Program


M.A. in International Affairs (MAIA) from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, specialization in energy resources and the environment.

B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Adelphi University in New York.


Martin Vladimirov is an analyst at the Center for the Study of Democracy. His work at the Center focuses on energy security in Europe and the Balkans, the energy transition, the alternative energy technologies, as well as the geopolitical dimensions of energy and financial markets with a strong interest in the different elements of the Russian and Chinese economic influence in Europe.

He has been working in energy and political analysis for the last three years both academically and professionally. He worked as an energy analyst for The Oil and Gas Year, which produces in-depth overviews of the energy sectors of the major oil and gas producers around the world. In his capacity of an analyst, he discusses all relevant issues in the energy supply chain for a specific country. He completed two annual oil & gas reports for Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and most recently Saudi Arabia.

Martin Vladimirov has also worked as an independent energy consultant on several projects for international oil companies in the GCC and MENA countries. He is also an affiliated expert at the European Geopolitical Forum in Brussels. Previously, he worked as an energy and economic analyst for CEE Market Watch, where he was producing short intra-daily analysis of economic and energy issues for Iran and Central Asia.

During his studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Vladimirov taught seminars in theory of international security under Dr. Marco Cesa.

Research focus

Energy security and policy, alternative energy technologies and geopolitical risks.

Selected Publications

Vladimirov, M. et. al. 2018. The Russian Economic Grip on Central and Eastern Europe. London: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe, 2018.

Vladimirov, M. et. al. 2018. Assessing Russia’s Economic Footprint in the Western Balkans. Corruption and State Capture Risks. Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy. 

Vladimirov, M. et. al. 2018. Development of Small-Scale Renewable Energy Sources in Bulgaria: Legislative and Administrative Challenges. Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy, 2018.

Vladimirov, M. et. al. 2016. Vladimirov, Martin and Bengisu Özenc. 2017. Towards a Stronger EU-Turkey Energy Dialogue: Energy Security Perspectives and Risks. Ankara: Center for the Study of Democracy/TEPAV.

Kremlin Playbook: Understanding Russian Influence in Central and Eastern Europe. Washington D.C.: CSIS/Rowman & Littlefield.

Vladimirov, M, and Stefanov, R., Bulgaria and the South Stream Pipeline Project – At the Crossroads of Energy Security and State Capture Risks, Südosteuropa Mitteilungen 05, no. 06 (2014): 54-72.

Vladimirov, M. 2014. The Gas-OPEC Myth. Saarbrücken: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, ISBN 978-3-659-59687-2.

Vladimirov, M. et al. 2014. Energy Sector Governance and Energy Insecurity. Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). ISBN: 978-954-477-214-7.

Vladimirov, M. 2012. What are the main obstacles for the realization of Southern Energy Corridor projects?, European Geopolitical Forum (EGF).

Vladimirov, M and Dargin, J. 2012. Energy Intensity: A time bomb for the Middle East, IN: Energy in the Middle East 2012, Petroleum Economist, ISBN-10: 1861863241.


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