Nikolay Pavlov

Nikolay Pavlov

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Nikolay Pavlov is a Bulgarian researcher in the area of security and defence studies. He has a strong background in the social sciences with MA degrees in International Relations and Law and a PhD degree on management of security and defence research. He worked previously for the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences’ Centre for National Security and Defence Research and as Bulgaria's Security NCP under FP7. In the period 2020-2022 he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Vienna-based company SYNYO GmbH.
Additional affiliations
October 2014 - December 2016
University of National and World Economy
Position
  • PhD Student
March 2005 - July 2020
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Position
  • Expert (03/2005 – 01/2012) and Senior Expert (as of 02/2012)
Education
September 2009 - April 2014
New Bulgarian University
Field of study
  • Law
October 1995 - December 2000
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Field of study
  • International Relations

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Publications (26)
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The war in Ukraine inevitably provokes the question of revisiting Political Realism in the study of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Drawing on the existing European Realist literature this CDE4Peace Policy Brief makes the case for overcoming the current methodological reductionism by employing the Realist approach to the scholar...
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This CDE4Peace report presents actionable policy recommendations for integrating the Concept development and experimentation (CD&E) methodology in the EU policy decision-making cycle. Drawing on the project’s research findings an analytical framework is outlined and five key policy recommendations are proposed for operationalizing CD&E as a policy...
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The paper analyses the Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) approach which has been developed and implemented in NATO over the last 20 years. NATO’s CD&E approach is explained as an organisational innovation and institutional response to external and internal pressures. Within the theoretical framing of institutional isomorphism, the pape...
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The Policy Brief seeks to find ways for involving the common people of Europe in forging the EU’s common policies for peace and security. The focus of the analysis is on the concept of strategic autonomy which has been gaining traction in Europe over the last years. The Policy Brief argues that a participatory experiment on strategic autonomy throu...
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This piece makes the case for a focussed EU mission in Syria under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) with two primary objectives: counter-terrorism capacity building and information gathering on foreign fighters. The introduction of methods for Concept development and experimentation (CD&E) in the mission planning process could be helpf...
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This paper presents a method for quantifying resilience which is exemplified by a case study on critical infrastructure resilience in the Republic of Bulgaria. The research links quantitative research methods for measuring critical infrastructure resilience with qualitative legal, strategic and sector research. The main research results are policy...
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The paper presents a case study on the potential application of serious gaming in the area of European Defence. In the last years game technology has been successfully applied to enhance capabilities in many areas, including in the training of peacekeeping personnel. The role of serious game technology for EU Defence has not been sufficiently explo...
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The monograph presents a conceptual model for bridging the gap between scientific research and security policy at the national level. The model is based on social contract theory and is derived from a comparative analysis of relevant governance models in five EU Member States. The main objectives of the proposed model are maximizing the national sc...
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The paper explores the problem of lone actor terrorism in the context of the evolving counter-terrorism policy of the European Union. As e relatively new security threat in the European Union lone actor terrorism has not been adequately addressed in relevant strategic documents, legal acts and policies. The need for an ideological approach in count...
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This paper argues that research in the area of national security and defence could be interpreted as a specific public good which is provided mostly by the public sector. The legal and economical essence of national security and defence research is explored. A new legal definition of the term “scientific research” is proposed and the borderlines of...
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The main purpose of this paper is to contribute to the conceptual framework of EU crisis management. As an evolving and politically sensitive concept EU crisis management still lacks a solid conceptual and theoretical basis which undermines its credibility and performance. The research hypothesis is that the conceptual deficit in EU crisis manageme...
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This paper explores the security dimension of the European Programme for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES / Copernicus) in the wider context of EU crisis management. GMES / Copernicus is one of the two European space flagship programmes - along with Galileo - which has not only security aspects but also clear geopolitical implic...
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The paper examines the political framework, the societal and economical sources of security research in the European Union. In methodological terms an algorithm for identifying security research is presented. The paper argues that security research in the EU should not be driven only by the interests of the security industry. Security research in t...
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This piece explores the gap between crisis management theory and practice in the Republic of Bulgaria. As demonstrated by a case study of the short-lived Bulgarian Ministry of Emergency Situations the implementation of an innovative crisis management concept could be hampered by vested political interests, legal shortcomings, lack of competence and...
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The main goal of this paper is to formulate fundamental principles in shaping an efficient security and defence R&T policy of the Republic of Bulgaria. Presently, due to a variety of reasons, there is no comprehensive, well-focused and sustainable security and defence R&T policy of the country that is clearly linked to its security and defence obje...
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The paper presents a framework methodology and process for planning and developing capabilities and measures for protection of critical infrastructure and presents major methodological and organizational challenges of effective and efficient protection. The authors emphasize the need for comprehensive approach, based on much better communication an...
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The article presents possible approaches to the analysis of critical infrastructure and defines main term and context, and elaborates a methodology for identification of assets of critical infrastructures and selection of measures for protection. It presents the process of implementation of such measures. Finally, the authors point to the most prom...
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The book presents a geopolitical analysis of the complex Bulgarian issue in the “heartland” Volga-Ural Region of the Russian Federation in the period between 1988 and 2003. The legacy of Volga Bulgaria is examined by a case study of the present-day Bulgarian cultural and political organizations in the Volga-Ural Region. The tension between Tatar an...
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The article presents the major findings of a comprehensive study (White Paper on Civil Protection) accomplished by the Center for National Security and Defense Research (CNSDR) in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). The re- search is presently further developed within the framework of a NATO Science for Peace Project SFP-981149 for building ne...
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The article presents a comprehensive conflict analysis of the “small war” in the Republic of Macedonia in 2001 which was partially put to an end by the Ohrid peace agreement. The major conflict drivers in this South-East European “geopolitical lab” are analyzed in the context of the fight for the Yugoslav legacy. Finally, the article explores the g...
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The Research report presents a geopolitical analysis of the emerging Volga-Ural geopolitical region in the “heart” of the Russian Federation. The legacy of Volga Bulgaria and the contemporary Bulgarian identity in this region are examined. Informed by Realist theory and empirical data the report makes the case for a Bulgarian “Eurasian” vision.
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This piece explores the Eurasian historical roots of the Bulgarian geopolitical tradition with a view to Bulgaria’s integration in the European Union and NATO at the start of the 21-st century. At the conceptual level the term “geopolitical consciousness” is introduced and defined. A geopolitical review of Bulgarian historical development from the...
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The article examines the geopolitical position of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from the perspective of Political Realism. The political, economic, military, demographic and ethno-psychological aspects of Yugoslav “power” in the South-East European sub-system of International Relations are explored. Based on a study of topical Yugoslav geopoli...

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The project's principal research objective is to explore the potential of concept development and experimentation (CDE) for enhancing the EU’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding policy. The project will employ an interdisciplinary methodology for applied policy research which links qualitative research methods from conflict and peace studies with quantitative CDE tools. Project website: https://www.cde4peace.eu/