Commemorative Booklet: Seymour Martin Lipset and Gyorgy Bence,
“Anticipations of the Failure of Communism”
This lecture was published in the Journal of Democracy.
Lecturer: Ivan Krastev
Chairman of the Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies (Bulgaria)
Ivan Krastev is chairman of the board of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, a policy research institute in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. He is also editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian edition of Foreign Policy, associate editor of Europe’s World, a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London).
One of postcommunist Europe’s leading intellectuals, Krastev is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Le Monde, the Financial Times, and OpenDemocracy.net. His work has also appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Prospect, Russia in Global Affairs, Pro & Contra, and Europe’s World. His most recent books in English are The Anti-American Century (co-edited with Alan McPherson, 2007) and Shifting Obsessions: Three Essays on the Politics of Anticorruption (2004).
Krastev served as Executive Director of the International Commission on the Balkans chaired by former Italian prime minister Guiliano Amato. He also was an Open Society Fellow and the academic director of the Open Century Project at the Central European University in Budapest. He has also held fellowships at St. Antony’s College (Oxford); the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (Washington, D.C.); the Collegium Budapest; the Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin); and the Remarque Institute at New York University.