About the authors

Understanding the challenge of transition

Daniela Irrera is Italian Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Catania, where she teaches International Relations and Transnational Organizations and Social Movements. PhD in International Relations at the University of Catania, she has been Research Assistant at the Stony Brook University, New York; Visiting Fellow at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland; Fulbright Alumni of the Study of the United States Institute on National Security of the US Department of State, (University of Delaware, January-February, 2009). She is currently Adjunct Faculty in Politics at the Arcadia University at Siracusa. She is Member of the executive committee of the Standing Group on Organised Crime, European Consortium for Political Research.  She has published two books and several articles in the areas of International Relations and EU politics, dealing with global terrorism, transnational organised crime, civil society and humanitarian affairs. Her recent book are: Gli Stati criminali:  un possibile modello esplicativo, Giuffré, Milano, 2006, pp. 202. Il processo di pace in Irlanda del Nord, Trisform, Messina, 2000, pp.190. dirrera@unict.it

Arolda Elbasani received her PhD at the European University Institute, Florence in 2007. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from Central European University, Budapest; and an MA in Political Science from University of Bilkent, Ankara. In 2007-2008 she has worked as a research assistant at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence and as lecturer at Richmond University in Florence. She has also taught at the University of Bologna, University of Prishtina and New York University, Tirana. Her current research focuses on the relation between EU enlargement and public administration reform in the post-communist space. Her broad research interests lie at the intersection of theories of institutional change, EU enlargement, comparative democratisation, Southeast European politics and the more specific areas of public administration and electoral competition. She has published in the Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans; CEU Political Science Journal and South East European Politics. Since 2005, she is co-editor of the peer-reviewed Albanian Journal of Politics and collaborates with different journals as a foreign reviewer. At present, she is working at the WZB civil society, conflicts and democracy unit. elbasani@wzb.eu

Artur Lipinski is a Polish political scientist. Since 2006, and he is assistant professor at the Institute of Political Science, Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland. From 2000 to 2006 he accomplished his doctoral studies at the Institute of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. On 16th of January 2006 he defended his dissertation “The Anticommunist Face of Polish Right Wing Towards the Close of the XXth Century – Analysis of Political Discourse”. Currently he is interested in the role of discourse in the construction of political identities in Polish politics. From October 2008 to July 2009 he stayed at KFG to complete his PhD. alipuam@wp.pl

Juan Rodolfo Rivera Pacheco is a Mexican political scientist and professor of the Universidad Popular Autonóma de Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). He has got Doctoral Degree in Contemporary History and titular Professor since 1988 at Universities of Puebla and other States of Mexican Republic. He is journalist as well, national and international speaker, and he is owner and current General Director of Strategies and Analysis of Power Bureau (Buró de Estrategias y Análisis del Poder, S.C., BEAP Mexico, Puebla), which is an institution of public opinion surveys, political marketing investigations and electoral studies. jriverp@yahoo.com

Vladimir Olegovich Rukavisnyikov is a Russian political scientist. He is Professor at the Faculty of Global Politics and Global Economics of the State University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked in the Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences where he also occupied a Deputy Director position in early 1990s.  Since the late 1980s his researches were focused on Russian politics and public opinion trends; Russian and western foreign policies, global competitiveness and political culture transformations, international security, and related topics. He has published more than two hundred articles, and has authored over a dozen of books in many countries. His most recent monograph has the title Cholodnaya Voina, Cholodnyi Mir. (Cold War, Cold Peace: the US and European public opinion on the USSR/Russia, security and foreign policy), Moscow, 2005.rukavish@hotmail.com

Csaba Varga is a Hungarian jurisprudent, scientific adviser at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary, founding director of its Institute for Legal Philosophy. In addition to transition to rule of law (with facing the crimes of the socialist past as well as civil obedience/disobedience included), having become a standing research topic by the time of his serving, as a member of the Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary between 1991–1994, his interest ranges from legal philosophy & methodology via patterns of judicial thought to comparative legal cultures. In addition to his fourteen authored and nineteen edited books in English/German—eleven of which available on , his relevant publications do include Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of Law (Budapest 1994, “Windsor Klub” series), Transition to Rule of Law (Budapest 1995, „Philosophiae Iuris” series) and Transition? To Rule of Law? Constitutionalism and Transitional Justice Challenged in Central & Eastern Europe (Budapest 2008, “PoLíSz könyvek” series).varga@jak.ppke.hu

Tamás Fricz is a Hungarian political scientist. He is senor researcher of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Scientist – MTA PTI). Since 2000 he is scientific director of 21 Century Institute too and from 1995 to 2010 was editor of Hungarian Political Science Review (Politikatudományi Szemle). He has got political science PhD in 1993 at the University of ELTE Budapest. He wrote 8 books, and many chapters about the Hungarian parties, cleavages, and party-system. fricz@mtapti.hu

Gréta Czene is a Hungarian political scientist. In 2005 she graduated at the University of Miskolc, specialized in Political Sciences, 3 years later, in 2008 she attained a second degree in  Diplomatic Studies, at the Corvinus University of Budapest. She attended a PhD course at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University, Doctoral School of Military Science. Her research focused on the European Union Security and Defence Policy, geopolitics, crisis prevention and conflict management. She has been working at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University since 2008. Since 2006 she has been member of the Hungarian Society for Military Science, and also has been the president of the Security Policy Section of the Hungarian Association of Military Science, and board member of the National Association of PhD Students since 2010.gretaczene@gmail.com