Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Ainius Lasas

A Lecturer in European politics with expertise in the politics of memory, moral emotions and informal political culture.

Ainius Lasas


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Before joining the University of Bath, I held a Senior Research fellowship at St. Anthony College, University of Oxford and a Postdoctoral fellowship at the United Nations University (Japan). For my PhD thesis at the University of Washington, I investigated the role of historical guilt in NATO and EU enlargements to Central and Eastern Europe.

By education and profession I am both a political scientist and a journalist. For the last decade I worked as a freelance correspondent for the Lithuanian National Radio and Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (Lithuanian Service) and as a regular contributor to the Lithuanian and international press.

Research interests

  • Moral emotions
  • Politics of memory
  • Threat perception
  • Informal political culture

Current projects

  • Threat perception of Russia in the Baltic States
  • Informal political culture in Central and Eastern Europe



Lasas, A., 2010. European Union and NATO enlargement:Central and Eastern Europe. Palgrave Macmillan.

Galbreath, D. J., Lasas, A. and Lamoreaux, J. W., 2008. Continuity and Change in the Baltic Sea Region:Comparing Foreign Policies.Vol. 13. Rodopi. (On the Boundary of Two Worlds)

Book Sections

Lasas, A., 2016. Shadow of guilt:US Rwandese relations after 1994 genocide. In: Ariffin, Y., Coicaud, J.-M. and Popovski, V., eds. Emotions in International Politics. Cambridge, U. K.: Cambridge University Press, pp. 254-276.

Lasas, A., 2015. Daily Democracy:Politics, Media, and Democratic Culture. In: Zielonka, J., ed. Media and Politics in New Democracies Europe in a Comparative Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 137.

Lasas, A. and Galbreath, D. J., 2013. Wary co-existence: Baltic-Russian relations in the post-enlargement era. In: David, M., Gower, J. and Haukkala, H., eds. National Perspectives on Russia. Routledge, pp. 149-169. (Routledge Advances in European Politics)


Lasas, A., Garcia-Retamero, R., Jankauskaitė, V. and Simonaitytė, V., 2017. Living in the past:the impact of victimization memory on threat perceptions. Memory Studies

Lasas, A., 2014. Fifty letters from the troubled modern world:a philosophical–political diary 2009–2012. Journal of Baltic Studies, 45 (1), pp. 133-135.

Lasas, A., 2014. Shaping the post-Soviet space? EU policies and approaches to region-building. European Security

Lasas, A., 2014. The politics of energy and memory between the Baltic States and Russia. European Security

Lasas, A., 2013. Legacies of Srebrenica:The Dutch Factor in EU-Serbian Relations. Political Psychology, 34 (6), pp. 899-915.

Lasas, A., 2012. When History Matters:Baltic and Polish Reactions to the Russo-Georgian War. Europe-Asia Studies, 64 (6), pp. 1061-1075.

Galbreath, D. and Lasas, A., 2011. The ‘Baltic’ Factor in EU–Russian Relations: In Search of Coherence and Co-operation in an Era of Complexity. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 19 (2), pp. 261-272.

Lasas, A., 2008. Guilt, sympathy, and cooperation:EU-Baltic relations in the early 1990s. East European Politics and Societies, 22 (2), pp. 347-372.

Lasas, A., 2008. Restituting victims:EU and NATO enlargements through the lenses of collective guilt. Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (1), pp. 98-116.

Lasas, A., 2007. Bloody sunday:What did Gorbachev know about the January 1991 events in Vilnius and Riga? Journal of Baltic Studies, 38 (2), pp. 179-194.

Lasas, A., 2004. External engagement: Baltic experience. Journal of Baltic Studies, 35 (4), 360 – 377.

Conference or Workshop Items

Lasas, A., Matonytė, I. and Jankauskaitė, V., 2016. Cognitive map of threats in Lithuania: the case of military threats. In: International Society of Political Psychology Annual Conference, 2016-07-13 - 2016-07-16.

Lasas, A. and Garcia-Retamero, R., 2015. Sticky memories: the role of historical beliefs in threat perception. In: International Society of Political Psychology Annual Meeting, 2015-07-03 - 2015-07-06.

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