Experts & Staff

Ivan Krastev

Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies


Ivan Krastev chairs the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and is a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, IWM Vienna. He is a founding board member of ECFR, a member of Open Society Foundations’ global advisory board, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and the author of the widely acclaimed book “After Europe”. In 2020, he was awarded the Jean Améry Prize for European essay writing. Previously, he served as executive director of the International Commission on the Balkans and as editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian edition of Foreign Policy.

World War II finally ends

The tragedy of the Polish air crash has formed a new bond between Poland and Russia. But will they be able to do in the east what France and Germany have done in the west?

Obama’s First Year

When it comes to Russia, central Europeans are rightly concerned about Obama’s ‘reset’ policy, but for the wrong reasons

Strong enough for a ‘reset’ with Russia? Obama and Moscow

The success of President Obama's “reset” policy with Russia will depend not only on getting U.S. actions toward Moscow right but also on getting insight into the way the Kremlin views the United States and its new president.

Russia and the Georgia war: the great-power trap

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

The rise of ?herbivorous powers??

A global public opinion survey shows that there is growing public support for a more multi-polar world, and 35% of world citizens would like to see the EU’s influence to grow



Seven early lessons from the coronavirus

The Covid-19 crisis will dramatically reshape the EU’s response to all other crises it has faced in the last decade

Will Europe Ever Trust America Again?

As Western leaders gather in London this week, you might be able to detect a huge rupture beneath the surface

What do Europeans really want?

This month’s EU elections aren’t a fight between nationalists and progressives. They are total chaos.

Transforming the global system

In the new polycentric world, global institutions must be reformed so that regional powers have a say in the system

We need new rules for a multipolar Europe

The Deauville summit involving Sarkozy, Merkel and Medvedev was always likely to be a non-event, beyond the recognition that Europe is now a multipolar continent. Instead we need a new system – an informal trialogue on European security that would keep the EU united, Russia post-imperial and Turkey European.




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