Cvete Koneska

Senior Analyst, Central and Southeastern Europe

London

Cvete Koneska is Control Risks’ Senior Analyst for Central and Southeastern Europe. She leads on security, political and operational risk analysis on countries in the region and regularly contributes to updates for Control Risks’ online subscription services. Cvete provides clients with tailored reports and consultations in response to specific queries, highlighting developments in the region’s security, political and economic environment and analysing their impact on clients’ commercial activities. 

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Cvete Koneska is Control Risks’ Senior Analyst for Central and Southeastern Europe. She leads on security, political and operational risk analysis on countries in the region and regularly contributes to updates for Control Risks’ online subscription services. Cvete provides clients with tailored reports and consultations in response to specific queries, highlighting developments in the region’s security, political and economic environment and analysing their impact on clients’ commercial activities. 


Highlights from Cvete’s recent work include:
  • A multi-country threat assessment of the security and business environment in several countries in Central and Southeast Europe for a European financial sector company, investigating the threats posed by various types of crime, terrorism and direct action.
  • A multi-country security threat assessment for a Western foreign ministry, looking at threats to foreigners across numerous jurisdictions across the world, including Serbia, Romania, Croatia and Kosovo. 
  • A regular monitoring of the security, political, and operational environment in Bulgaria for a foreign energy company, focusing on regulatory and geostrategic developments in the energy sector and the threats posed by political instability in the country. 
  • A pre-entry assessment for a mining project in Kosovo, focusing on main security and political threats to foreign investors in the mining sector, along with a detailed and bespoke analysis of the key operational and bureaucratic difficulties for a foreign company seeking to develop a new mine. 


Before she joined Control Risks, Cvete worked as a Research Fellow in Analytica, a regional think-tank based in Skopje, covering security, public administration reforms, and EU integration policy issues. She was a researcher in several regional projects examining security sector reforms and security transformations in the Western Balkans.

Cvete holds a DPhil degree in Politics from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis examined ethnic accommodation in post-conflict and ethnically divided states in the Balkans. Previously, Cvete completed an MA degree in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) at University College London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and European Studies from the American University in Bulgaria. Her book After Ethnic Conflict: Policy-making in Divided States was published in 2014. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed, academic journals and specialist publications. In addition to English, she speaks Macedonian, Bulgarian, Serbian/Croatian, and Spanish.

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