Balázs Jarábik

Nonresident Scholar
Russia and Eurasia Program
Jarábik is a nonresident scholar focusing on Ukraine and Eastern Europe.


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Balázs Jarábik is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on Ukraine and Eastern Europe.  
Jarábik worked with Pact, Inc. in Kyiv, Ukraine to build its presence as one of the largest international nongovernmental organizations in Eastern Europe. He currently serves as a project director for Pact, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. 
Prior to joining Carnegie, Jarábik was an associate fellow at FRIDE in Madrid. He recently joined the Central European Policy Institute in Bratislava as a fellow. He was a civic activist in Slovakia in the 1990s, and he later co-founded the Bratislava-based Pontis Foundation’s international development projects in the Balkans and the Commonwealth of Independent States.   
He also worked as an adviser for political parties and civil societies in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, with the Slovak parliament and ministry of foreign affairs, and with international institutions including the European Parliament, Freedom House, Council of Europe, United Nations Development Project, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

  • Article April 22, 2016
    Ukraine’s Hybrid State

    Ukraine has new institutions and a vibrant civil society, but a culture of corruption erodes state legitimacy. The state has been captured by enemies within.

  • A woman holds EU and Ukrainian flags
    Op-Ed EU Forum April 1, 2016
    Slovakia: A Small Neighbor With a Big Concern

    When it comes to Ukraine, mitigating risks will be the crucial task for Slovakia’s EU presidency.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a meeting
    Op-Ed New Eastern Europe January 20, 2016
    Reform and Resistance: Ukraine’s Selective State

    The halting pace of reform in Ukraine is trying the patience of even those optimistic about the future of the country in the years since Maidan.

  • Commentary November 25, 2015
    The Crimea Blackout: Electrifying Maidan

    Kyiv seems to view the Crimea blockade as a pressure release valve - a way to allow agitated nationalists to blow off steam without sacrificing its own power. As such, the blockade is vastly preferable to some of the alternatives – namely allowing nationalists to vent their grievances in the Donbas, which would invite reprisals from Russia and the EU alike.

  • Close view of Moldovan flag
    Interview World Politics Review November 24, 2015
    Oligarchs Stand in the Way of Moldova’s Corruption Fight

    Fighting corruption in Moldova requires the government to address widespread conflicts of interest, increase transparency, and separate state functions from oligarchs’ interests.

  • Commentary November 3, 2015
    Ukraine After Local Elections: Putting Out Fires

    While local elections proceeded peacefully, the fires are still burning around Kyiv.

  • Commentary October 28, 2015
    The Fall of Filat: Moldova’s Crisis Deepens

    The dramatic arrest of former prime minister Vlad Filat is probably the work of his fiercest political rival utilizing an unprecedented mistake. It will help expose Moldova’s culture of corruption but may put a halt to its integration with the EU.

  • October 23, 2015
    Democracy and Disorientation: Ukraine Votes in Local Elections

    Ukrainians will go to the polls on October 25 to choose their mayors and local council deputies.

  • Commentary October 12, 2015
    Same Old, Same Old? Belarus Votes

    Reforming Belarus requires a long-term strategy, taking into account the emerging civil society and changes in the opposition.

  • Op-Ed Intersection Project July 1, 2015
    Donbas Deadlock

    Russia’s influence over Ukraine throughout Donbas is waning. It still has a number of other levers, however, which it will employ to destabilize Ukraine in the coming months.

  • NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday May 24, 2014
    Ukraine’s Chocolate King Is Presidential Front-Runner

    Oligarch and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko was one of the biggest supporters of the protests in Ukraine. With the government breaking down, people are now turning to him and other oligarchs.


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