Roman Bäcker is a Professor of Political Science at the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland. He was a Guest Professor at Universität Oldenburg, Rostock Universität and the Kazakhstan National University in Almaty. His research interests include Russian political thinking (especially Eurasianism), theories of authoritarianism and totalitarianism, and the evolution of the contemporary political system in Russia. He has authored seven books, including Rosyjskie myślenie polityczne za czasów prezydenta Putina (Russian Political Thinking in the Time of Putin’s Presidency).
André Liebich is an Honorary Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a Visiting Fellow at the IWM. Previously, he was a Professor of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. A Ph.D in political science from Harvard University, he specializes in political theory and in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe from a contemporary as well as a historical perspective.
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