Margarita Balmaceda

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Political scientist, expert on energy
Cambridge, MA, United States of America

I am Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. Concurrently, I am an Associate at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. I am a specialist on the political economy of the post-Soviet states and the author of, among others, Energy Dependency, Politics and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union (Routledge, 2008), The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013), and Living the High Life in Minsk: Russian Energy Rents, Domestic Populism and Belarus’ Impending Crisis (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2014). With support from the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship as well as three Fulbright grants, I have conducted field research in Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania Moldova and Russia on the links between energy policies and political development. This year I am a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

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Organizations: 
School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University Center of Excellence on Choices of Russian Modernization, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Awards and Grants: 
Prize for Best Foreign Book on Belarus for 2013-2015 (for Living the High Life in Minsk), International Congress of Belarusian Studies, Kaunas, October 2015 Researcher of the Year, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, 2014-2015 University-wide Researcher of the Year, Seton Hall University, 2014-2015 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Fellowship (2015-2016) European Consortium of Institutes of Advanced Studies (EURIAS)/Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg (HKW), Senior Fellowship (tenure 2016-2017) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Institute Visit Award, tenable at the Forschungstelle Osteuropa, University of Bremen, July 2014 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Renewed Research Stay, tenable at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Summer 2013. University of Tampere-University of Helsinki Center of Excellence on Choices of Russian Modernization, research visit to Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki, August 2013. Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Studies, Greifswald, Germany, 2011-2012 Marie Curie Fellowship, European Union. $235,000 for a project on “Getting Energy from Russia to Europe: Domestic political conditions in the energy-poor transit states of the former USSR and risks to energy transit,” 2010. (In partnership with the University of Helsinki.) Visiting Fellowship, Aleksanteri Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies, University of Helsinki, February-June 2009 Shklar Fellowship, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, September-December 2008 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt Fellowship, tenable at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, January-August 2005 and April-July 2006 and February-July 2007 International Research and Exchanges Board, Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Grant for research in Ukraine, Spring-Summer 2004 Mannheimer Zentrum Für Europäische Sozialforschung, Mannheim University, Germany, Guest Researcher Grant, July 2003 Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Travel Grant for Workshop on Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Conflict in the Former Soviet Union, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars (Washington, February 28-March 1, 2003 and16-17 October 2003) American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCEELS) (funded by the U.S. Department of State), Combined Research and Language Training Program Grant for research in Ukraine (Spring-Summer 2003) German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Study Visit Grant, Summer 2002 Mannheimer Zentrum Für Europäische Sozialforschung, Mannheim University, Germany, Distinguished Guest Researcher Grant (May-June 2001) Smith Richardson Foundation, Grant for Conference and Book Project on "Wither Belarus: Implications for Russia, Central East Europe and the West" (together with Drs. James Clem and Lisbeth Tarlow, Harvard University) (1998-2001) The J. William Fulbright Fellowship, (Visiting Lectureship in International Security, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus) (Fall 1997-1998 and Spring 1999) International Research and Exchanges Board, Short-Term Travel Grant for research on Russian Energy Interests in Hungary (October 1998) Ford Foundation/National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship (for tenure at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, 1996-1997) Soros Foundation/Research Support Scheme Grant for a group project on "The Kiev-Visegrad-Moscow Security Triangle" (1996-1998) (with Laszlo Poti, Hungarian Institute of International Affairs)
Research Interests: 
• The Political Economy of New International Relations of Russia, the former Soviet Union and Eurasia • Energy and foreign policies in the former Soviet Union • De-facto states in the former Soviet Union: domestic drivers of entrenched conflicts and limits of Russian influence in Transnistria, Abkhasia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh