Ivan Krastev (Lukovit, Bulgaria 1965), is a political scientist, the chairman of the Bulgarian Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a permanent fellow at the IWM (Institute of Human Sciences) in Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the board of trustees of the International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. From 2004 to 2006 Krastev was an 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). Some of his notable books are Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (2004), In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don't Trust Our Leaders (2013) and After Europe (2017). He is a co-author with Stephen Holmes of a forthcoming book on Russian politics.
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