Eurasia in Global Dialogue

Research Programs

In the two decades following the end of the Cold War, intellectual interaction between Russia and Europe intensified considerably. More recently, however, there has been a constant failure to engage in a common conversation. Europe’s debate on Russia focuses solely on what Russia lacks–democracy, the rule of law, modernization processes–and tends to view the Putin regime as a “paperback edition” of the Soviet Union. At the same time, the Russian public debate is far from immune to conspiracy theories when trying to explain the changes in the modern world.

There is an urgent need for re-engagement between the Russian debate on the global future and the European debate on the choices that Russia faces. With Russia’s recent return to power politics and the fears of a new Cold War that has awakened in the West, this need is even more acute. The project Eurasia in Global Dialogue is a response to this.

The project builds on the constructive results of work already done between 2011 and 2018. Phases 1 and 2 (2011-2016) brought Russians from different academic disciplines, as well as from the media, think tanks and cultural institutions to Vienna in order to engage them in intellectual exchange and public debate with their western counterparts.

In Phase 3 (2016-2018), the project’s scope was expanded to include Turkey. The current, fourth, phase, represents the logical continuation of these efforts in view of new and ongoing developments. The aims of the project are of enormous importance in times of growing tensions and alienation; they are three-fold:

  1. To offer a better understanding of the dynamics between domestic and foreign policy in different types of illiberal regimes on the Eurasian continent and the impact of this dynamics on the entire region;
  2. To promote dialogue and networks between and among various Eurasian countries and the West; and, thirdly,
  3. To develop new policy options for the EU with respect to Eurasia.

Fellowships within this program are offered by invitation only to senior fellows with a research stay of one month.

A research focus led by IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev.


Clemena Antonova
Research Director, Eurasia in Global Dialogue



  • Canons, Classics, Scriptures, and the (Yet Another) Decline of Western Civilization , -
  • Byzantine Heritage and Contemporary Politics , -
  • Decision-Making in Putin’s Russia , -
  • Fifteen Shades of History: The Politics of Managing Memory in Post-Soviet States , -
  • Beyond the Ideology: Public Opinion in Putin’s Russia and during Wartime , -
  • Turkey's Strategic Identity , -
  • Cultural Forms of Protest in Belarus , -
  • Showdown in Belarus: Svetlana Tikhanovskaia and the Struggle for Democracy , -
  • The Science of the Russian Avant-Garde: Kazimir Malevich , -
  • The Russian Constantinople Moment in the 1920s , -
  • Europe and Russia After the Liberal World Order , -
  • V-Day as a Memory War. Russia’s Battles over the History of World War II , -
  • Revolutionary Processes in Belarus , -
  • The City of Czernowitz as a Cultural and Language Palimpsest , -
  • Icons and the Russian Avant-Garde: The History of the Theme , -
  • The Compatriots The Tricky Relationship Between the Kremlin and Russian Exiles , -
  • The Kremlin's Foreign Policy Through the Eyes of the Compatriots , -
  • Byzantium as an Argument in the Russian Intellectual Debate , -
  • Historical Memory and the Erection, Demolition, and Translocation of Historical Monuments , -
  • Truth and After: The Post-Soviet Politics of Cynicism , -
  • The long-term transition trajectories in post-soviet Eurasia , -
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Vienna: Adolf Loos, Karl Kraus, Otto Weininger and others. The key issues and debates in Vienna at the first quarter of 20th century , -
  • Russian Culture as Public Good, Private Property, National Value, and State Resources , -
  • The End of the post-Soviet Space , -
  • How is the Middle Eastern disorder affecting the international order? , -
  • The Byzantine Myth in Contemporary Russia , -
  • The Emerging Chinese Trend in Control of the Internet in Russia , -
  • Whitewashing White Nationalism: Populism and the Rise of the Academic Alt-Right , -
  • Elite Networks in Non-democratic Regimes: The Case of Russia , -
  • Guest Fellowship , -
  • Guest Fellowship , -
  • Guest Fellowship , -
  • Never/Again: In Search of a Formula of Reconciliation for Russia , -
  • ‘Perestroika 2’ as a Neurosis. What prevents Russian Political Modernization? , -
  • Russia in Global Dialogue Guest Residency , -