Marin Lessenski is a policy analyst with the European Policies Initiative and expert to the to the European Policies and Civic Participation Program of the Open Society Institute – Sofia. He has been Director of Programs of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) since 1998.
He holds an MA in Southeast European Studies from the Central European University - Budapest and an MA in History from the University of Sofia. He has been a Freedom House Visiting Fellow with the Hudson Institute's Center for European and Eurasian Studies and the Center of National Security Studies. He has also been a participant in the Transatlantic Young Leaders Program of the Aspen Institute - Berlin.
Mr. Lessenski’s areas of interest include EU's foreign, security, neighbourhood and enlargement policy, democratization, foreign policy, security and institutional developments in Southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region, identity politics and interethnic relations.