Vitaly Portnikov (Ukraine) is an author and renowned journalist working in democratic media in Central and Eastern Europe for more than three decades. He is the author of hundreds of analytical articles in Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Israeli, Baltic media. He hosts television programs and his own analytical channels on YouTube. He is currently broadcasting at the office of the Espreso TV channel in Lviv and continues to cooperate with the Ukrainian and Russian services of Radio Liberty. On the Russian service of Radio Liberty, he continues the project about the post-Soviet space “Roads to Freedom”, which was aired first from Moscow, then from Kyiv, and is now being produced in Lviv as a joint project of Radio Liberty, the Current Time TV channel and the Espreso TV channel. Read Vitaly’s article’s here.
Christine Karelska (Ukraine) is working as an Advisor on International Relations of the Vice Mayor of Odesa and as an Assistant to the Deputy of the Odesa City Council. Previously, she worked as a Project Manager of the Ze!Women movement aimed at gender equality and promotion of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska’s projects in the Odesa region. Read Christine’s articles for V/I here.
Bohdan Bernatskyi (Ukraine) is a Senior Lecturer in International Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Ostroh Academy. He is a legal practitioner and helps the Ukrainian government and Members of Parliament in the fields of sanctions and transitional justice reforms. His academic interests include human rights, functioning of political parties and countermeasures in international relations. Read Bohdan’s articles for V/I here.
Radu Albu-Comanescu (Romania) is a Lecturer in European Integration at the ‘Babeş-Bolyai’ University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His research focuses on European construction, state-building, international relations and cultural diplomacy. Read Radu’s articles for V/I here.
Merili Arjakas (Estonia) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Journalist at Postimees, the most circulated daily newspaper in Estonia as well as podcast creator. Her work centres on domestic Estonia affairs as well as the larger Baltic region and other foreign affair issues including topics of democratic resilience, disinformation, national security and cyber security. Read Merili’s articles for V/I here.
Alina Bârgăoanu (Romania) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight, Romanian communication scholar, Dean of the College of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest. She is currently a member of the advisory board of the European Digital Media Observatory and of the European Commission expert group on tackling disinformation and promoting digital literacy through education and training. Her research centres on the effects of populist politics in Europe as well as assessing the European Union’s attempts to maintain liberal order. Read Alina’s articles for V/I here.
Spasimir Domaradzki (Poland/Bulgaria) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lazarski University in Warsaw. In 2007, he received his PhD in International Relations from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Read Spasimir’s articles for V/I here.
Oksana Forostyna (Ukraine) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Co-founder of Yakaboo Publishing, an editor, translator and writer contributing to publications such as Krytyka Journal (Ukraine) and The European Review of Books. Her focus is on Ukrainian and regional politics as well as disinformation’s impact on societies. Read Oksana’s articles for V/I here.
Ognyan Georgiev (Bulgaria) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Fulbright alumni, a reporter and editor Bulgarian business publication Capital, and currently head of Kapital Insights. His focus is on Bulgarian politics, business and economy as well as regional development, city planning and European funding. Read Ognyan’s articles for V/I here.
Jarosław Gwizdak (Poland) is a former judge and Court President in Katowice. He currently works as a teacher, columnist and activist. He was the first person awarded the ‘Civic Judge of the Year’ prize. Read Jarosław’s articles for V/I here.
Pavel Havlicek (Czech Republic) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight and a Research Fellow at the Association for International Affairs (AMO) Research Centre. His research focus is on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia, and the Eastern Partnership. Read Pavel’s articles for V/I here.
Krzysztof Izdebski (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight and an expert at the Open Contracting Partnership and Stefan Batory Foundation. Member of Consul Democracy Foundation’s Council. He is a lawyer specialized in access to public information and re-use of public sector information. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption, and public participation. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna listed him as one of the 50 most influential Polish lawyers in 2020. Read Krzysztof’s articles for V/I here.
Aliaksei Kazharski (Belarus/Slovakia) a Researcher at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations of the Comenius University in Bratislava and a lecturer at the Department of Security Studies of Charles University in Prague. He obtained his PhD in 2015 and his dissertation was published by Central European University as a monograph in 2019 (Eurasian Integration and the Russian World: Regionalism as an Identitary Enterprise). Read Aliaksei’s articles for V/I here.
Ádám Kolozsi (Hungary) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Journalist and researcher based in Budapest, Hungary and currently working at Telex.hu. His focus usually covers the social sciences, history, politics and international relations. Read Ádám’s articles for V/I here.
Adam Leszczyński (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Journalist, sociologist and historian with an equal interest in academia as well as working as a senior writer at OKO.press, a non-profit, investigative journalist and fact-checking project, created to preserve freedom of speech and secure access to information in Poland. His main focuses are on Polish politics and history, with special emphasis on the government’s politics of memory. Read Adam’s articles for V/I here.
Asya Metodieva (Bulgaria) is a researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague. She is a Doctoral Candidate at the Central European University (CEU), Vienna. Her research focuses on radical movements, polarisation and information warfare with a focus on the Balkans and more generally Southeast Europe. She holds an MA in Public Policy from CEU and in International Relations and Security Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. In 2019 she was a visiting PhD Candidate at the University of Oxford. She held the 2018 Sotirov Fellowship at LSE IDEAS and 2018 Re-think CEE Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Read Asya’s articles for V/I here.
Malina Mindrutescu (Romania) is a Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight. Freelance journalist and political analyst based in Bucharest, Romania with a Master of Letters in Terrorism and Political Violence from the University of St Andrews. Her focus is on foreign policy, business, the transatlantic relation and the Black Sea region. Read Malina’s articles for V/I here.
Albin Sybera (Czech Republic) is a freelance journalist, consultant and a former clerk at the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic. Besides Visegrad Insight, his texts can be also found at Britske listy or Balkan Insight. Read Albin’s articles for V/I here.
Michał Zabłocki (Poland) is a Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight, a freelance journalist, climate activist as well as a communications and policy consultant; he is also a former foreign correspondent for the Polish press in Moscow, Prague and Bratislava. He focuses on politics, economy, climate and energy in Poland and Central Eastern Europe. Read Michał’s articles for V/I here.
Edit Zgut (Hungary) is a Hungarian political scientist based in Warsaw. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe where she is teaching Central European cooperation within the European Union. She is a PhD student at GSSR in the Polish Academy of Sciences, her main field of research is democratic backsliding in the V4 countries and the constraining role of the EU. Read Edit’s articles for V/I here.
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