Ramūnas Vilpišauskas is a director and professor of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University. In 2004-2009 he has worked as a Chief Economic Policy Advisor to the President of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus and the Head of Economic and Social Policy Group, he has also been appointed to coordinate the team of advisors to the President (2006-2009). His main research interests include political economy of European integration, policy analysis of public sector reforms, international political economy. He has been a visiting fellow at several universities in the USA (Syracuse University) and Canada (Carleton University), has been a Fulbright scholar at the Columbia University, conducted research at a number of European institutions including European University Institute (Florence). His recent publications include: “Eurozone Crisis and European Integration: Functional Spillover, Political Spillback?”, in Journal of European Integration, vol. 35, no. 3, April 2013, p. 361-373, “Lithuania’s double transition after the re-establishment of independence in 1990: coping with uncertainty domestically and externally”, in Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Summer 2014, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 223-236, “Lithuania’s EU Council Presidency: Negotiating Finances, Dealing with Geopolitics”, in Journal of Common Market Studies, vol. 52, Annual Review, August 2014, pp. 99-108.