Anastas Vangeli holds a PhD from the Graduate School for Social Research at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where in 2019 he submitted his dissertation titled Symbolic Power and Principle-Diffusion Through China’s Belt and Road Initiative. His research interests include the political and economic transformations in China and in the post-socialist countries of Europe;, their global context,t and normative and societal ramifications;, and the comparisons and relationships between them. He has taught on the political economy of Asia, and on the country risks along the Belt and Road. He has collaborated with a number of think tanks and research institutes in Europe and Asia and has a long-standing experience of public intellectual engagement in his home country of Macedonia.