Repugnant Transactions and Human Trafficking

This week I attended a lecture by Alvin E. Roth, Nobel Prize Winner for economics in 2012 (Prize winner together with Lloyd S. Shapley). The topic of the lecture was ‘Repugnant Transactions as a Constraint to Markets’. The lecture was based on a well-known article published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. For those of …

Covert Propaganda Agencies

In the last years, I conducted some research on 'covert propaganda agencies' and their means of political persuasion. The objective was to understand whether these shadow agencies may have represented a threat to normal democratic parliamentary activities, and, if this was the case, whether these agencies represent a threat to the national security of a …

On My Difficulties of Working on Post-Communist Transformation

As my work encompasses processes of democratization and consolidation of democratic institutions in former authoritarian regimes, I have often been subjected to attacks from security services of post-communist countries. During my teaching activities at the Centre for German and European Studies of the State University of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), I was often followed by …

From the Academia to Involuntary Infiltrate

Until June 2011, I was research associate at the Centre d’études européennes of Sciences Po, Paris, but I held appointments at European and non-European universities, and was an international consultant for Unicef. My work encompasses the fields of European Studies, Political Sociology, Comparative Politics and International Political Economy. My research concentrates on the ways in …