LSE IDEAS, UK. Dr. Aleksandra Peeva has been named the 2022-2023 Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, The London School of Economics’ foreign policy think tank. Aleksandra is a consultant with the World Bank and a research fellow at Humboldt University of Berlin, focusing on economic interdependencies and the use of economics in achieving political goals – including the impact of 2014 US and EU sanctions on electoral behaviour in Russia. The Sotirov Fellowship provides support for a scholar to conduct research on Bulgaria and the Balkan region, to understand its recent history, international affairs, and the challenges it faces today and will likely face in the future. The fellowship is possible thanks to the generous endowment by Mrs Mladena Sotirov. Aleksandra said of her new role: “I am very grateful to the Sotirov family for this unique opportunity to join LSE IDEAS – a place posing thought-provoking questions of global relevance and connecting academic research with the practice of foreign policy.”