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About Ivan Krastev
Ivan Krastev is chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (IWM).
His latest books in English are Democracy Disrupted (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and, In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders, (TED Books, 2013); The Anti-American Century, co-edited with Alan McPherson, (CEU Press, 2007) and Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (CEU Press, 2004). He is a co-author with Steven Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.
Articles by Ivan Krastev
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The political fallout of the Russia-Georgia war of August 2008 affects far more than the main combatants: it has had a profound impact on the post-Soviet space, the United States, the European Union, even China and Turkey. Ivan Krastev draws up a balance-sheet of a toxic conflict, and looks ahead.
(This article was first published on 30 July 2009)
Russia's flawed understanding of 21st-century international politics means that its military success in the war with Georgia could be followed by its strategic defeat, says Ivan Krastev.
(This article was first published on 19 August 2008)
The real target of a severe European commission report on the failures of governance in Bulgaria contains a deeper message about the European Union's political future - and the mistakes of its past. Ivan Krastev, in Sofia, decodes it.
(This article was first published on 23 July 2008)
The old continent could once offer itself as the model for a new world. No longer: the European Union's universalism is crashing against rising global states (China, India) and forces (religion, nationalism). The response to Ireland's referendum is a foretaste of serious political crisis to come, says Ivan Krastev.
(This article was first published on 20 June 2008)
A global public-opinion survey reveals increasing support for a redistribution of international power, report Ivan Krastev & Mark Leonard.
The rise of populism and retreat of liberalism in Poland are rooted in the character of the region’s post-communist transition. It is Europe’s problem too, says Ivan Krastev.
The troubled relationship between the European Union and Russia is about more than policies or interests - it reflects a fundamental clash between two political visions of the post-cold-war world, says Ivan Krastev.
Germany assumes the presidency of the European Union at a time of tension in the EU's relations with Russia. But are Germany's and Europe's interests identical? Ivan Krastev finds the Polish experience of martial law in December 1981 a sobering precedent.
The Kremlin is borrowing from western conservative intellectual models to justify its rule and consolidate its power, says Ivan Krastev.
The elites dream of limiting the people's voting rights. The people dream of revenge on the elites' misrule and corruption. Ivan Krastev sees in central Europes strange new politics a crisis of democracy itself.
The fight for democracy in Russia will be won only when western European states free themselves from dependence on the country's energy sources, says Ivan Krastev.
Many intellectuals saw the post-cold-war world as the dawn of a new era of freedom and democracy. The war on Iraq is forcing a rethink. Two new books Paul Berman's "Power and the Idealists" and Francis Fukuyama's "America at the Crossroads" attempt to make sense of what went wrong. Ivan Krastev assesses them.
An emotionally-appealing populist politics is bringing angry, raw, egalitarian nationalists to the centre of Europe’s political arena. Why are pro-European liberals not more anxious? Ivan Krastev offers an intriguing set of answers.
Ukraine's orange revolution was Russia's 9/11, and its result is to convince Moscow that the European Union is its major strategic rival, argues Ivan Krastev.
If northern Europeans succeed in halting European Union enlargement, they could push the fragile southeast of the continent back into violence and darkness, says Ivan Krastev.
The orange revolution in Ukraine is not the last of Europes post-1989 velvet revolutions but the first of the European Union-inspired revolutions of the 21st century, says Ivan Krastev.
After Iraq, are the interests and values of Europe and America more divided than ever? No, says the Bulgarian scholar Ivan Krastev – and he finds in Timothy Garton Ash’s new book powerful evidence that the route to transatlantic amity lies through London.