Eurasia in Global Dialogue

The project “Eurasia in Global Dialogue” responds to challenges posed by the increasing isolation of a number of countries from the Eurasia region (Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, etc.), which is the result of these countries’ international and domestic politics. In this situation, it is more important than ever to keep their intellectual elites in touch with the West. The project, which is part of the Research Focus Democracy in Question, headed by Ivan Krastev, 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. Phase 3 of the project (2016-2018) extended its range by bringing in Turkey which faces problems similar to Russia’s.

The next, fourth, phase, represents the logical continuation of these efforts in view of new and ongoing developments. The aim of the project at this stage will be three-fold: firstly, 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; secondly, to promote dialogue and networks between and among various Eurasian countries and the West; and, thirdly, to develop new policy options for the EU with respect to Eurasia. Working in this direction is of enormous importance in times of growing tensions and alienation.

Fellowships & Events

The project includes:

  • a special fellowship program for scholars and intellectuals from Eurasia
  • various events at the IWM
  • a publication series on Eurozine (European network of cultural journals)


Research Director

Former Fellows & Guests