Ivan Krastev

Ivan Krastev ( Bulgarian : Иван Кръстев , born in 1965 in Lukovit , Bulgaria, is a political scientist, the Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia , permanent fellow at the IWM, Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna ., [1] and 2013 -14 Richard von Weizsäcker fellow at the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin.

He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations , a member of the advisory board of the ERSTE Foundation , and a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). He is ook associate editor of Europe’s World and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy and Transit – European Revue.

From 2004 to 2006 Krastev was executive director of the International Commission on the Balkans chaired by the former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato . He was 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).

His books in English include “Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protests” (UPenn Press, May 2014), “In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Do not 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 Stephen Holmes or a forthcoming book on Russian politics. He was ranked in the Prospect’s list of World Thinkers, 2013.


  • Democracy Disrupted, Penn University Press, 2014
  • In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Do not Trust Our Leaders? , TED books, 3 January 2013 [2]
  • Europe’s Democracy Paradox, The American Interest , March / April 2012.
  • The Anti-American Century , Alan McPherson and Ivan Krastev (eds.), CEU Press, 2007.
  • Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption , CEU Press, 2004.


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