Velina Tchakarova is Head of Institute at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) in Vienna, Austria. Her work includes research, consulting and lectures on Global System Transformation and geostrategy of global actors, particularly the EU’s role in Eastern Europe. She holds a M.A. Political Science/Political Science of South Asia in Heidelberg, Germany and BA International Relations in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is currently doing a PhD on Global System Transformation.