Adam Bence Balazs is a lecturer at the German Andrássy University in Budapest and the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. Formerly a post-doctoral researcher at Sofia University St. Kliment ‘Ohridski’ and a visiting fellow at the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in Geneva, he holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Central European University, Budapest, and a PhD in Political Philosophy from LCSP, Paris 7. His current research focuses on new political perspectives for Europe, between geopolitics and culture. Besides exploring the historiography of the European present, he works as an editor committed to the European integration of the Western Balkans. After co-editing a volume on regional identities in the V4 and the WB with Christina Griessler (Nomos Verlag, 2020), he is currently building up a longer-term programme on ‘Proximity and Neighbourhood’ in the Balkans and beyond.