Ivan Krastev is a political scientist and the chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia (Bulgaria), a permanent fellow at the IWM (Institute of Human Sciences) in Vienna and has served as a 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 board of trustees of the International Crisis Group and a contributing writer for The New York Times. 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 from 2005-2011 a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Since 2016, he serves as a director/trustee of the School of Civic Education in London which forms part of an association of schools of political studies, under the auspices of the Directorate General of Democracy (“DGII”) of the Council of Europe.
His books in English include After Europe (UPenn Press, 2017), Democracy Disrupted. The Politics of Global Protest (UPenn Press, May 2014), 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 Stephen Holmes of the book The Light that Failed on East European politics.