Ivan Krastev on The Light that Failed

Political scientist Ivan Krastev dicusses his latest book The Light that Failed. How did the illusion of the End of History after 1989 fuel the rise of anti-liberalism and populism in Europe?

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According to author Francis Fukuyama our history came to an end after the events of 1989. But political scientist Ivan Krastev argues that the supposed end of history turned out to be an illusion. In his latest book The Light That Failed he discusses how this illusion backfired and fuelled the subsequent rise of anti-liberalism and populism in Europe. Together with De Balie Director Yoeri Albrecht he looks ahead: what can we learn from these past mistakes?

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Ivan Krastev is a fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia. 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.

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Ivan Krastev Political scientist