Ivan Krastev (1965, Lukovit/Bulgaria), political scientist and book author, is a 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).
Krastev 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.
Krastev is a New York Times columnist and a regular contributor to major European media. His recent book, The Light that Failed: a Reckoning, published in Autumn 2019, has been simultaneously translated into 15 languages.
Earlier Publications (selection)
After Europe, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.
Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania 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.
Photo credit: IWM/Klaus Ranger