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). From May to December 2019 he has been awarded a Mercator Senior Fellowship. Beyond that, is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, 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:

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.

Book Review:

The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal‘ (2020). Review of Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum, Foreign Policy, online, August 15, 2020.

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

 

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Ist heute schon morgen? Wie die Pandemie Europa verändert

Ein Virus war nötig, um die Welt auf den Kopf zu stellen. Wie wird die Welt danach aussehen? Ivan Krastev, einer der wichtigsten Intellektuellen der Gegenwart, gibt Orientierung in Zeiten der Ungewissheit. »Es gibt Momente, in denen sich unsere Gewissheiten auflösen und sich unsere kollektive Vorstellung von dem, was möglich ist, dramatisch ändert. Die Menschen beginnen, …
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Ivan Krastev, Shalini Randeria:
The Paradoxes of a Post-Covid-19 World

July 3, 2020
IWM Rector Shalini Randeria in conversation with IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev on the paradoxical world and new power dynamics emerging from the COVID-19 crisis.
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Ivan Krastev & Mark Leonard:
Europe’s Pandemic Politics: How the Virus Has Changed the Public’s Worldview

June 23, 2020
New research reveals that the crisis has revolutionised citizens’ perceptions of global order – scrambling the distinctions between nationalism and globalism. Read the latested policy brief on Europe’s pandemic politics written by IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev and Mark Leonhard based on an ECFR survey.
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Ivan Krastev:
Is It Tomorrow, Yet?
Learning to Live with the Unthinkable

May 28, 2020
What will the world look like after the Coronavirus? What impact will it have on our democracy? How will the crisis change the way we live together? And what can we learn from it? In his most recent book Ist heute schon morgen? Wie die Pandemie Europa verändert (Ullstein, June 2020), well-known Bulgarian political scientist and IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev identifies five paradoxes of COVID-19. This is an excerpt of his introduction.
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Ivan Krastev:
Seven Early Lessons From the Corona Virus

"The Covid-19 crisis will dramatically reshape the EU’s response to all other crises it has faced in the last decade.", writes Ivan Krastev, IWM Permanent.
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IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev wins Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing

The publisher Klett-Cotta and the Allianz Kulturstiftung award the Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing 2020 to the outstanding intellectual and publicist Ivan Krastev.
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Das Licht, das erlosch. Eine Abrechnung

  Nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges wurde das liberal-demokratische Modell westlicher Prägung alternativlos. Heute zerbrechen weltweit Demokratien vor unseren Augen, zersetzt von Populismus, Nationalismus und der Abkehr von freiheitlichen Werten – gerade auch in Osteuropa. Warum hat der Westen seine Strahlkraft verloren? In ihrer brillanten Analyse zeigen Ivan Krastev und Stephen Holmes, dass das …
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The Light that Failed: A Reckoning

Why did the West, after winning the Cold War, lose its political balance? In the early 1990s, hopes for the eastward spread of liberal democracy were high. And yet the transformation of Eastern European countries gave rise to a bitter repudiation of liberalism itself, not only there but also back in the heartland of the …
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Ivan Krastev: The Light that Failed

2nd Krzysztof Michalski Memorial Lecture
May 24, 2019
Speaker: Ivan Krastev
“The Light That Failed”
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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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  • 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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