Ivan Krastev

Chair of the Board, Programme Director, Political Research

Ivan Krastev is the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and 2013-14 Richard von Weizsäcker fellow at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the advisory board of the ERSTE Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He is also associate editor of Europe's World and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and Transit – Europäische Revue.
From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Krastev has been the executive director of the International Commission on the Balkans chaired by the former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Edition of Foreign Policy and was a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (2005-2011).
His latest books in English are "Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest" (UPenn Press, May 2014),  "In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders", (TED Books, 2013); "The Anti-American Century", co-edited with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and "Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption" (CEU Press, 2004). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics. He was ranked in the Prospect`s list of World Thinkers 2013.



The Lessons of the Protest Wave in Europe

January 2014 - December 2014
Projects» Democracy » The New Populism

Periphery at Risk

April 2013 - October 2014
Projects» Europe and the World » Russia and the post-soviet space

Europe at Risk

April 2012 - April 2013
Projects» Europe and the World » European Union

Russia 2020

April 2011 - September 2011
Projects» Europe and the World » Russia and the post-soviet space

Is Russia on the edge of change?

October 2010 - April 2011
Projects» Europe and the World » Russia and the post-soviet space

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Russia is “reverse engineering” Western foreign policy

The Graduate Institute Geneva | 18 November 2015

Why Did the ‘Twitter Revolutions’ Fail?

The New York Times | 11 November 2015

How to Avoid Europe’s Disintegration

www.neweasterneurope.eu/ | 27 October 2015

Is Vladimir Putin Trying to Teach the West a Lesson in Syria

The New York Times | 07 October 2015

Eastern Europe’s Compassion Deficit

The New York Times | 09 September 2015

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