Denitsa Raynova

Research Fellow and Project Manager

Denitsa Raynova works as a Project Manager and Research Fellow at the European Leadership Network (ELN).

Denitsa’s current research focuses on European defence with particular attention on NATO-EU collaboration and transatlantic burden-sharing. She also follows developments in Europe’s eastern neighbourhood and writes on NATO-Russia military-to-military relations and confidence and security building measures.

Denitsa facilitates the work of the British cross-party parliamentary group, the Top Level Group for UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and liaises with members of the network.

Prior to this, Denitsa has worked as a Research Assistant for Security Watch UK in preparation for the Securing Asia 2012 Summit. Her resume includes an internship at NATO Headquarters Allied Command Izmir Turkey during Operation Unified Protector in Libya as well as an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Bulgaria.

Denitsa developed her interest in foreign policy and international development, mainly in the areas of conflict and security, during her postgraduate degree in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Her previous research has been focused on Europe’s near abroad including analysis on countries in Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Denitsa is fluent in English and Bulgarian, has working knowledge of Arabic, Turkish and German.

Follow Denitsa on Twitter @d_raynova.

Content by Denitsa Raynova

Policy brief

“Competing Narratives” in the Russia-West Relationship: Towards a Common Understanding of the Non-Intervention Principle

For the past two years the ELN has encouraged debates on the differing interpretations of key concepts and norms in Russia-West relations to identify how they affect Euro-Atlantic security. This report presents important recommendations on how to clarify and strengthen the non-intervention principle in the 21st century.

9 October 2017 | Denitsa Raynova
Euro-Atlantic Security
Policy brief

EU-NATO Relations: Inching forward?

Building on consultations with officials a new ELN report assesses the progress made since the 2016 EU-NATO Joint Declaration. It takes two key areas as case studies: exercising and capacity building, through which it identifies achievable opportunities for further EU-NATO cooperation.

16 May 2017 | Julia Himmrich and Denitsa Raynova
European Defence