Ivan Krastev



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.


Selected Publications:

After Europe

After Europe, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.

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



Demokracja nieufnych. Eseje polityczne

W powieściowym Mieście białych kart Jose Saramago wyborcy wypowiadają systemowi lojalność. W rzeczywistej Bułgarii ulica obala rząd, we Włoszech to samo robią rynki finansowe, w Rosji zaczyna się ferment. Największe tajemnice amerykańskiej dyplomacji wyciekają i stają się własnością publiczną. Rewolucja technologiczna w komunikacji daje ludziom zupełnie nowe możliwości – protestu, prześwietlania władzy i organizowania się …
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Media Clippings by Ivan Krastev

"Putin surely dreams of the pre-1914 days, when Russia was autocratic but accepted, revolutions were not tolerated, and Russia could be part of Europe while preserving its distinctive culture and traditions'', wrote Ivan Krastev, IWM Permanent Fellow, in Foreign Affairs. Read his latest comments on Ukraine.
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Ivan Krastev unter den “100 wichtigsten Ideengebern der Welt”

Welche Vordenker prägen heute den Diskurs über die Zukunft von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft? Wessen Ideen bestimmen und verändern unser Leben? Woher kommt der Anstoss für Innova­tion und gesellschaftlichen Wandel? Zum zweiten Mal erstellte das GDI in Zusammenarbeit mit Peter Gloor eine «Global Thought Leader Map». Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev wurde auf Platz 63 gewählt.
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Who Lost Ukraine?

Karl Marx famously remarked that major historical events occur twice – the “first time as tragedy, then as farce.” In Ukraine, sadly, tragedy and farce are inseparable.
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Heft 44: Zukunft der Demokratie

Während sich in den letzten drei Jahrzehnten im Rest der Welt mehr Menschen als je zuvor an demokratischen Wahlen beteiligten, hat in vielen europäischen Ländern die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung den Glauben daran verloren, mit ihrer Stimme etwas bewirken zu können. Hier sinkt die Wahlbeteiligung seit langem, vor allem bei den Unterschichten – eine Entwicklung, die den Zusammenhalt der Gesellschaft gefährdet. Die Beiträge in diesem Heft beschäftigen sich mit der gegenwärtigen Malaise der Demokratie, sie versuchen, Diagnosen zu stellen und machen Therapievorschläge.
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Why Bulgaria’s Protests Stand Out in Europe

Bulgaria's mass protests may be testing national democracy but across Europe they are winning official support, says Ivan Krastev, IWM Permanent Fellow and Chair of the Board of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia.
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In Mistrust We Trust. Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders?

Krastev: In Mistrust We Trust
A recent Gallup poll listed the least-trusted professions in America. At the bottom of the list: car salesmen and members of Congress. It’s not hard to understand why our politicians rate so poorly — scandals, myopia, obstinacy, party loyalty over common good, fiscal cliffs. All have left voters exasperated and confused. But while confidence in …
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Putin’s Self-Destruction: Russia’s New Anti-Corruption Campaign Will Sink the Regime

This spring has been almost eerily calm in Russia. The protest movement, which coalesced after the rigged parliamentary elections in the autumn of 2011, has all but disintegrated, and hopes for substantive political opening have faded. High-profile liberals are in retreat or retirement, a dozen opposition activists are in jail, and President Vladimir Putin’s will is unchallenged. Even the weather has been nice, perhaps lulling the Kremlin into believing that it has little to fear. In fact, it does ...
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The End of the State? Presentation of the Book “Thinking the 20th Century”

The nation-state faces more challenges than it has defenders. Wealthy citizens live their financial lives abroad, preventing the state from aiding others. The European Union has been halted in midcourse, with mixed sovereignty providing an excuse for nationalist demagogy among its members. In Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, those who claim to defend the traditional state ...
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“Das Misstrauen gegenüber der Demokratie wächst”

"Der demokratischen Elite gelingt es nicht mehr, Antworten auf die drängenden Probleme unserer Zeit zu finden", diagnostiziert Ivan Krastev im Interview mit der französisch-sprachigen Zeitschrift Hebdo. (Foto: fritz zühlke /pixelio.de)
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  • Democracy in Question

    What are the causes of the current disappointment with democracy, and how will they affect the capacity of democratic societies to remain self-correcting? This project offers a platform to discuss these fundamental questions.
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