Strahinja joined the CEP team in January 2017 as a junior Researcher within the Europe&Us programme area. After progressing to the position of researcher, he now works as Programme Manager and Senior Researcher, a position he has held since March 2021. In this position, his key responsibilities include the preparation and implementation of research projects; research and production of policy products; advocacy of appropriate solutions to the identified challenges; supervision of junior colleagues and interns; and organisation of public debates and other events on EU-related topics. Strahinja is a proven expert in the fields of enlargement policy and EU affairs. His other areas of expertise include the analysis of the increasing involvement of external actors such as China, Russia, and Turkey in the Western Balkans, particularly in Serbia.
Strahinja is also currently pursuing a PhD degree at the Faculty of Political Science (University of Belgrade), where he previously graduated as the best student of his class at the Department of Political Science. He obtained an MA degree in Political Science at the Central European University (CEU, Hungary), acquiring a certificate in Social and Political Theory. Prior to that, he studied at the University of Missouri during his junior year, as part of a programme funded by the US State Department.