Dr Michael TaylorSenior Analyst, Eastern Europe
Michael joined Oxford Analytica in 2002 as an analyst on the Eastern Europe desk. To mark the absorption of the ‘A8’ countries into the EU in May 2004, he was instrumental in achieving a parallel change at Oxford Analytica, merging the Eastern and Western Europe analysis into the new Europe Daily Brief. He has covered Russia and the CIS for the firm, and his area now includes, besides Central-Eastern Europe from the Baltic to the Balkans, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.
His special interests include developments in European NATO and in the global shipping industry, lately extending into the problem of piracy off Somalia. He has spoken on a series of panels on instability in the South Caucasus, co-chaired a two-day seminar for clients on Russian politics under Putin, and taken part in a two-day teach-in on divergent attitudes (between Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe) towards US foreign and security policy.
Before joining Oxford Analytica, Michael was an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit. He previously worked at BBC Monitoring, when he piloted the transition from printed to electronic output. He holds a first degree and a doctorate from Oxford University, and a diploma in economics from Birkbeck, University of London.