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Margarita M. Balmaceda

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    Term

    September 8, 2015 — May 26, 2016

    Professional affiliation

    Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

    Wilson Center Projects

    "Chains of Value, Chains of Power: Russian Energy, Value Chains and the Remaking of Social Relations from Vladivostok to Brussels"

    Full Biography

    Margarita M. Balmaceda (MA, PhD, Princeton) is Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and research Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Supported by, among others, three Fulbright grants and a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Union, she has conducted extensive field research in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, and Hungary. Using original-language local materials, her work develops a view “from inside” of  complex international political economy problems affecting the post-Soviet states, in particular energy politics issues. She is the author of, among others, Energy Dependency, Politics and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union (Routledge, 2008), Living the High Life in Minsk: Russian Energy Rents, Domestic Populism and Belarus’ Impending Crisis (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2014), and The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), a 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title awardee.

    Major Publications

    The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013

    Corruption, Intermediary Companies, and Energy Security: Lithuania's Lessons for Central and Eastern Europe, 55(4), 16-28, July 2008

    Energy Dependency, Politics and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union: Russia's Power, Oligarchs' Profits and Ukraine's Missing Energy Policy, 1995-2006. London, Routledge, illustrated edition, 2008

    Understanding Repression in Belarus (book chapter). In Robert Rotberg (Ed), "The Worst of the Worst: Rogue and Repressive States in the World Order", 193- 222, Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, August 2007

    Some Thoughts on Rents of Energy Dependency, ‘Rent-seeking Swamps,’ and Political Development: the Ukrainian case in Comparative Perspective,” circulated for discussion at the Workshop on Post-Communist Politics and Economics. Harvard University, 29, March 2006