The Ratiu Dialogues on Democracy

The Ratiu Dialogues on Democracy is an event held annually to coincide with Ion Ratiu’s birth date. The overall purpose of this lecture series is to strengthen discussions and visions on democracy. We aim to have the Dialogues develop a credible reputation as a meeting place for those from a range of professional backgrounds who share an interest in current challenges facing Balkan nations, with a particular emphasis on Romania.


Considering the current international context, the event will be organized online. New international speakers and more details are to be announced.


  • Challenges to Liberal Democracy
  • Challenges of Technology, Fake News, Freedom of the Press
  • Crisis in Action, Serbia and Western Balkans, Greece and the financial crisis
  • Political Challenges, Russia and information warfare
  • Are western values universal?
  • The China model
  • The crisis in historical perspective


Professor Christopher coker

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations, LSE and Director LSE IDEAS. His most recent book is The Rise of the Civilizational State. He is a former editor of the Atlantic Quarterly. His books include Twilight of the West, Future War and Barbarous Philosophers: reflections on the nature of war from Heraclitus to Heisenberg. His books have been translated into 8 languages, though not alas Romanian! He lectures extensively in Europe US and Asia.

John Lloyd​

John Lloyd co-founded The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in 2006, where he was Director of Journalism and a Senior Research Fellow. He is a Contributing editor at The Financial Times, and Chairman of the School of Civic Education (Russia). Lloyd was a freelance reporter in Belfast in the early 1970s. He was a reporter on LBC Radio, worked at London Weekend TV as a reporter on the London Programme and producer on Weekend World. At the Financial Times he has been Labour Editor,Labour and Industrial Editor, East Europe Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief; and founding editor of the FT Weekend Magazine. He has edited both Time Out and the New Statesman.

Michael Burleigh

Michael Burleigh is Engelsberg Chair of History and Global Affairs at LSE Ideas, voted the world’s premier university-based thinktank in 2019-20.
He has taught at New College, Oxford, LSE, Cardiff, Rutgers and Stanford. His thirteen books have been translated into 24 languages and include The Third Reich: A New History; Moral Combat; Small Wars, Faraway Places; and Best of Times, Worst of Times: A History of Now. He won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2001 and the Nonino International Master of His Time prize in 2011 for his life’s work. He has also won three major film and TV awards for history documentaries, including Selling Murder and Heil Herbie. He writes regularly on foreign affairs for among others The Times, The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. Since 2012 he has led Sea Change Partners, a geopolitical risk advisory business in the City. He is currently finishing a history of political assassination, and a book of essays on national populism. He is married and lives in central London.

DR.Slobodan Markovich

Dr. Slobodan G. Markovich, MBE is Full Professor at the School of Political Science of the University of Belgrade where he lectures Political Anthropology, Political History of South-East Europe and Image of European Other. He is also Full Professor at the Institute for European Studies in Belgrade. He has been Research Associate at LSEE/LSE since 2012, and at LSE IDEAS since 2018. He has been the head of the Centre for British Studies at the School of Political Science in Belgrade since 2017. His published monographs include a book on Freud’s pessimism: Pessimistic Anthropology of Sigmund Freud (Belgrade, 2012), on Serbian economist, politician and diplomat Chedomille Miyatovich. A Victorian among Serbs (Belgrade, 2006), and a monograph on British-(Balkan)Serbian relations: British Perceptions of Serbia and the Balkans 1903-1906 (Paris, 2000, in English). His (co-)edited collections of papers in English include: British-Serbian Relations from the 18th to the 21st Centuries (Belgrade, 2018), Problems of Identities in the Balkans (Belgrade, 2006), and Challenges to New Democracies in the Balkans (Belgrade, 2004). He has been the coordinator of annual meetings “Psychoanalysis and Culture” since 2016.His research interests include: Construction of Ethnic/National and Religious Identities in the Balkans, British-Balkan Relations, psychoanalytic anthropology, and History of European Pessimism.

Eric Weaver

Eric Beckett Weaver is an associate professor teaching political science at the University of Debrecen. He received his doctorate in History from The University of Oxford in 2008. He is the author and editor of a variety of books and articles on nationalism, minorities, and politics in Southeastern Europe.

Adrian Pabst

Adrian Pabst is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent. A New Statesman Contributing Writer, he is the author of several books, including The Politics of Virtue (2016), The Demons of Liberal Democracy (2019) and Liberal World Order and Its Critics (2019).

Jie (Cherry) Yu

Jie (Cherry) Yu is the China Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. She was Head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS. Her research focuses on the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as China’s economic diplomacy. She speaks and writes frequently at major media outlets, regularly briefs to senior policy practitioners, and also advises on China’s geopolitical landscape to multinational corporates. She was recognised as “a Leading Woman” of the LSE in 2018

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