Analysis

With over two decades of professional experience as a geopolitical, security and trend analyst (specializing in Southeast Europe (but operating within a winder geographic and theoretical knowledge base), Christopher Deliso is an established yet somewhat unconventional expert; these qualities owe to his independent-minded attitude and academic specializations in completely different areas.

Christopher Deliso’s analysis work was most prevalent in the earlier part of his career, when he started as a Balkans Business Analyst for United Press International (2002-2003), which took him everywhere from Belgrade to Sofia to the Republic of Georgia and the Turkish border with Iraq, just months before the US invasion there. While the topics of coverage were not always the most interesting to the author, they were useful and necessary as they helped him learn more about previously unexplored industries such as high finance, oil and gas, construction and so on.
In 2003, he founded the first independent website covering Southeast Europe, Balkanalysis.com, chiefly to add something new to a transition-era media landscape. He succeeded in creating a network of regional expert authors and researchers. The website covered all regional countries and topics ranging from politics, diplomacy and security to economy, investment and culture. Balkanalysis.com existed until 2021 when it suffered an unfortunate virtual death, due to code being lost in a failed server migration.
At present, the majority of the previously published Balkanalysis.com archive (plus many additional, otherwise unpublished stories) can be found on the Central and European OnlineLibrary (CEEOL.com). While it is always possible the website could return in future, this would require significant work and thus is not the current top priority.
Aside from creating analysis under his own editorial control on the website, Christopher Deliso also served in a long-term regular capacity as Macedonia Politics country analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the subscription service of the Economist Group of London, from 2004-2017. This analytic task required interviewing major political figures, international diplomats and other informed sources on a regular basis. Over the years, as publishing trends changed, the reportage went from a gloosy-format magazine providing quarterly reports to later on monthly reports and finally, events-driven reports as the intial post-2001 crisis receded and customer demand for the country (as a security risk) lessened,
Also, on two separate occasions (from 2008-2010 and 2019-2020) Christopher Deliso researched and wrote exclusive analyses in the areas of security, intelligence, political risk, organized crime and geopolitics, for publications of the Jane’s Group, a leading UK subscriber service. These publications included the former Jane’s Intelligence Digest, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Jane’s Intelligence Review, and the firm’s in-house special projects division. This analytic experience allowed the opportunity for several exclusive reports in the intelligence, security and diplomatic realms, covering everything from insecurity in Kosovo and Montenegro to Chinese strategy in Serbia and the Turkish energy and naval strategy for the Eastern Mediterranean, in light of drilling off Cyprus and the Libya intervention.
Alas, due to the expensive and private subscription nature of both the EIU and Jane’s, it is not possible to provide samples of these texts.
Nevertheless, some more open-access long-form analysis can be found, for example, in the articles below published in The American Interest. As these articles for a more general, policy-interested audience, they are less technical in nature but still seek to define the issues at stake and make a case for why they are relevant to an international audience.
Christopher Deliso, “An Avoidable Catastrophe,” The American Interest, March 10, 2016.
Christopher Deliso, “Letter from Montenegro: Organized Crime’s State of Play,” The American Interest,  October 27, 2015.