Ivan Krastev

 

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Ivan Krastev (1965, Lukovit/Bulgaria) is chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM). He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the advisory board of the ERSTE Foundation, a member of the global advisory board of Open Society Foundations, New York, and a member of the advisory council of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). 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 Ivan 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).  He has held fellowships at St. Antony’s College  (Oxford); the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (Washington, D.C.); the Collegium Budapest; the Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin); the Institute of Federalism at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland); and the Remarque Institute at New York University.

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Selected Publications:

Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest, Philadelphia: University of Pensylvania Press, 2014.

In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders?, New York: TED Books, 2013.

The Anti-American Century (co-edited with Alan McPherson), Budapest: CEU Press, 2007.

Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption, Budapest: CEU Press, 2004

Furthermore, he has published widely in international journals and papers.

[Complete List of Publications]

 


Former affiliations at the IWM:
May 2009–August 2010, Visiting Fellow
2002, Visiting Fellow

 

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Wie tickt Putin?

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