Michael Charokopos Fellowship period: 1 April 2020 - 30 June 2020 Michael Charokopos works for the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an economic diplomat. His last assignment was to the Embassy of Greece in North Macedonia. He is also a visiting lecturer at Piraeus University, Department of International and European Studies, Master’s Programme in Energy. He studied International Relations and History at LSE and Athens University where he completed his PhD in Political Science. His research interests include energy and transport networks, Balkan politics and society, and EU external relations. During his stay at the EUI Michael intends to work on a project exploring to what extent and how the promotion of connectivity in the Western Balkans is related to the development of transnational cooperation and to the cultivation of a regional identity.