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Dmitry Adamsky

Dmitry Adamsky

Dr. Adamsky is a professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. In his research, he focuses on international security, strategic studies, cultural approach to IR, modern military thought, nuclear strategy, and American, Russian, and Israeli national security policy. Dr. Adamsky has published widely and is the author of two prize-winning books on Israeli security.

Alexey Arbatov

Alexey Arbatov

Dr. Arbatov is the head of the Center for International Security at IMEMO in Moscow and a scholar in residence in the Nonproliferation Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. He is a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he leads the Center for International Security at the Institute for World Economy and International Relations. Dr. Arbatov sits on the research council of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Russian Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, the governing board of SIPRI, and the board of CNS, among others. He is also the vice-president of the Luxembourg Forum. He served as a member of the Soviet delegation to the START-1 negotiations and as deputy chairman of the Duma Defense Committee. He was a member of the Duma and served as vice chairman of the YABLOKO party. Dr. Arbatov has published numerous books and articles on international relations, foreign and military policy, and arms control, and disarmament.

Nadia Arbatova

Nadia Arbatova

Dr. Arbatova is the Head of the Department of European Political Studies at IMEMO in Moscow. She has worked for the Swedish National Defense College, as well as the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy. Dr. Arbatova’s areas of research interest include European integration, EU-Russia relations, European security, and Russia’s foreign policy. She has published widely on these topics and others, and is a member of numerous academic and scientific councils and associations.

Thomas Blanton

Thomas Blanton

Dr. Thomas S. Blanton is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive won U.S. journalism’s George Polk Award in April 2000 for “piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy, guiding journalists in search for the truth, and informing us all.” The Los Angeles Times (16 January 2001) described the Archive as “the world’s largest nongovernmental library of declassified documents.” Dr. Blanton filed his first Freedom of Information Act request in 1976 while working as a weekly newspaper reporter in Minnesota, and many others subsequently. He filed the FOIA request and lawsuit (with Public Citizen Litigation Group) that forced the release of Oliver North’s Iran-contra diaries in 1990. He is a founding editorial board member of freedominfo.org, the virtual network of international freedom of information advocates, and serves on the editorial board of H-DIPLO, the diplomatic history electronic bulletin board.

Vladimir Dvorkin

Vladimir Dvorkin

Dr. Vladimir Zinovievich Dvorkin is a senior scientist at the Center for International Security at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Economic and International Relations. General Dvorkin graduated from the Higher Military Naval School and served in the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces until his retirement. He participated in some of the first tests of Soviet nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and underwater nuclear rocket carriers, such as the K-19 submarine. He later worked in the 4th Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defense, which he headed until his retirement. General Dvorkin served as an expert in the development of key U.S.-Russian bilateral nuclear treaties, including SALT-2, INF Treaty, START-1, and the START-2 treaties. Dr. Dvorkin’s lectures touched upon a variety of Russian security issues, including missile defense, nuclear arms control, and Russian defense and military policy.

Alexander Dynkin

Alexander Dynkin

Dr. Alexander Aleksandrovich Dynkin is the Director of the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). He is a member of the RAS, Doctor of Economics, professor, Academician Secretary of the Division for Global Issues and International Relations of the RAS, and member of the Presidium of the RAS. He is a member of the Presidium of the Presidential Council for Science and Education, the Presidential Economic Council, the Presidential Commission for Strategic Development of the Fuel and Energy Sector and Environmental Security, the Scientific Council of the RF Security Council, and the Scientific Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RF.

Crister Garrett

Crister Garrett

Dr. Garrett is a Professor for International Studies at Leipzig University in Germany. Prior to arriving in Leipzig, Professor Garrett taught at the University of Wisconsin, ­Madison and directed the European Studies Program. His career began at the (then) Monterey Institute of International Studies, focusing on contemporary transatlantic history and politics. He writes extensively on German foreign policy, European politics, and transatlantic relations. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Germany, a Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Fellow, and a DAAD International Visiting Scholar. He is founder and director of the DAAD­ supported Summer School, “Cultures of Security in a Transatlantic and Global Context” (culturesofsecurity.org). His publications have appeared in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, the Harvard International Review, German Politics, The European Community Studies Review, the UCLA Historical Journal, and East European Quarterly.

Oksana Gaman-Golutvina

Oksana Gaman-Golutvina

Dr. Gaman-Golutvina is the Chair of the Department of Comparative Politics, MGIMO-University, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, and Chairman of the Scientific Council. She specializes in comparative studies of political elites and teaches courses in comparative politics, Russian politics, the political transformations in post-communist countries, as well as political and administrative governance. In 2010, Professor Gaman-Golutvina was elected President of the Russian Political Science Association. In 2009, at the Congress of International Political Science Association (IPSA), she was elected to member of the Executive Board of Research Committee 2 “Political Elites.”

Pavel Gudev

Pavel Gudev

Dr. Gudev is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for North American Studies at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO). His current research includes: the development and exploitation of space and ocean resources; strategic frameworks for ocean policies for foreign governments; maritime law; and supranational mechanisms for the regulation of maritime activities. He has published extensively on these issues as well as topics relating to US and NATO foreign policy. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Lev Gudkov

Lev D. Gudkov, Dr., PhD

Born in 1946, Moscow, Prof. Dr. Gudkov studied journalism, sociology, and philology at the Moscow State University. He completed his Post-graduate degree at the Institute for Philosophy of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1977and completed his dissertation, “Candidate of the Philosophical Sciences” in 1979, and became a Doctor of Philosophy in 1995. Prof. Gudkov has worked at various institutions of the USSR Academy of Sciences since 1970. He has been a researcher in The Russian Centre for Public Opinion Research (VCIOM), Head of Department of Social and Political Studies since 1988. Levada Analytical Center (Levada-Center), Head of Department of Social and Political Studies, 2003-2006. Prof. Gudkov has been the Director of Levada Center since 2006. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine “Russian Public Opinion Herald” and is a lecturer at The Higher School of Economics.

Shane Hamacher

Shane Hamacher

  • 2012-2014 Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, US Embassy, Moscow
  • 2010 Director, Theater Security Cooperation/Humanitarian Assistance, Kyrgyz Republic
  • 2009-2012 Country Director, Central Asian Republics and Iraq, Pentagon
  • Senior Air Force pilot with 2000+ hours in F-15C, T-38, T-37 and C-150 aircraft
  • Regional Affairs Strategist/Political Affairs Specialist in Russia/Former Soviet Republics
  • Member of US Ambassador’s Country Team at US Embassy, Moscow
  • Headquarters Staff, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon
David Holloway

David Holloway

Dr. Holloway is the Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History at Stanford University. He was the co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford and the director of the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies. He has written about the history of nuclear weapons with a focus on the Soviet Union. His book, "Stalin and the Bomb: The Soviet Union and Atomic Energy, 1939-1956," was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 1994.

Anton Khlopkov

Anton Khlopkov

Anton Khlopkov is the Director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS), the Editor-in-Chief of the Nuclear Club journal and a member of the Advisory Board under the Security Council of the Russian Federation. He was the Executive Director at the PIR Center (Center for Policy Studies in Russia) and was a Member of the Working Group on Nonproliferation and Export Control of the Partnership for Peace Consortium. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Encyclopedia (2009) and co-author of the monographs: ‘Iranian nuclear program in the US-Russian relations’ (2001), ‘At the Nuclear Threshold: The Lessons of North Korea and Iran for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime’ (2007); ‘Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction Guidebook’ (2006); ‘Nuclear Nonproliferation in Russian-American Relations: History, Opportunities and Outlook’ (2000).

Michael Kimmage

Michael Kimmage

Michael Kimmage is a professor of history at the Catholic University of America. From 2014 to 2017 he served in the Secretary's Office of Policy Planning where he held the Russia/Ukraine portfolio. His latest book is forthcoming with Basic Books and is titled The Decline of the West; An American Story.

Michael Kofman

Michael Kofman

Michael Kofman is a Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on security issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, specializing in defense and military analysis. His current work looks at the sources of Russian behavior and policymaking during the crisis in Ukraine, and evaluate the options the West has for engagement with Russia moving forward. This lecture will be an opportunity to have an introduction to his work and ask questions to this expert.

Ilya Krasilshchik

Ilia Krasilshchik

After dropping out of university at 21, in 2008 Ilya became the Editor of the then most influential Moscow entertainment and city life magazine Afisha. During his 5 year tenure Afisha published more the 100 issues including a “Coming Outs” one (as an answer to the ”LGBT propaganda” law adopted by State Duma), as well as a few mammoth specials like “Oral History of Russian Media” and “Oral History of Russian Internet”. He stepped down in 2013 to become the Product Director at Afisha publishing company, launching three separate web-based media and а TV streaming service in one year. In October 2014 he finally left Afisha, and together with two partners launched Meduza, a groundbreaking Russian language web news outlet based in Riga, Latvia. By August 2018 the monthly readership of Meduza exceeded 11 million unique visitors, with 1,000,000 app downloads and more than 1,500,000 followers on social media. 75% of Meduza’s audience is based in Russia. Ilia speaks fluent Russian and English.

Ekaterina Krongaus

Ekaterina Krongaus

Ekaterina Krongaus is the editor at meduza.io and is a published author and journalist. She has worked for numerous Russian language magazines, newspapers, and media outlets including The Capital, Moscow News, Afisha, The Big City, and others. She currently serves as Editor for the Meduza news portal.

Maksim Krongauz

Maksim Krongauz

Dr. Krongauz is the Head of the Laboratory of Linguistic Conflict Resolution Studies and Contemporary Communicative Practices at the Higher School of Economics. He is also the Head of the Russian State University for the Humanities’ Russian Language Department. He is a Member of the Government Council on the Russian Language of the Russian Federation, and an Enlightener prize laureate. He writes popular print and digital articles on the Russian language, linguistics, and education, and participates in public discussions on television and radio. Dr. Krongauz is a guest researcher and professor at universities in France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Estonia, Finland, and China. He received the Diderot (France) and Humboldt (Germany) Scholarships. He was also granted the title of Honored Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation.

Ivan Kurilla

Ivan Kurilla

Dr. Kurilla is a professor at European University in St. Petersburg and specializes in the history of US-Russia relations during the antebellum and Civil War periods of American history. He has authored numerous articles and three monographs on these subjects and others. He is the editor of many collected volumes.

Alexey Malashenko

Alexey Malashenko

Dr. Malashenko is the co-chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Religion, Society, and Security Program and is a professor of political science. He is a member of the RIA Novosti advisory council and is a board member of the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals: Central Asia, Caucasus and Acta Eurasica, and the newsletter, Russia and the Muslim World. He was editor of the journal, Problems of Peace and Socialism. He is the author and editor of approximately twenty books in Russian, English, French, and Arabic. He taught at the Higher School of Economics and was a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Dr. Malashenko also worked as a senior research associate at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Andranik Migranyan

Andranik Migranyan

Dr. Migranyan is the Director of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, New York. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy of the Russian Federation, a member of the Valdai Discussion Club, Chairman of the Research Council of the CIS Institute, Chairman of the commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (first convocation), and a Member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (second convocation). He was a member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation, professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations – MGIMO, Senior Adviser to the Committee on Foreign Relations, Supreme Council of the Russian Federation, Chief Adviser to the Committee on CIS Problems of Russian Parliament (The State Duma), Vice-president of the Reforma Foundation, and First Vice-President at the Soglasiye Foundation. Dr. Migranyan is the author of over 500 publications in Russian and other languages.

Pavel Minakir

Pavel Minakir

Dr. Minakir is a member of the “Regional Development” section of the Economic Council under the President of the Russian Federation. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Economic Council of the Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, and a member of the Russian Board of the New Economic Association. He has written more than 400 published journal articles, some in English, Japanese, Chinese, French, and Korean. He was the Director of the Institute of Economic Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Khabarovsk, and a Senior Researcher at both the Russian Economic University (Moscow) and at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). He also worked at the Khabarovsk Academy of Economics and Moscow Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences. He lectured in the United States, Japan, South Korea, and China. He was awarded Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun and the International Award “for contributions to the economic cooperation in the Sea of ​​Japan.”

Alexander Nikitin

Alexander Nikitin

Dr. Nikitin is a professor in the department of Political Sciences at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is the director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security and Professor at Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO); Principal Research Fellow, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences; President Emeritus of the Russian Political Science Association. He is an elected member of: the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, the Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russia, and the Scientific-Expert Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. He is a researcher at the Institute for US and Canadian Studies (Moscow) and has taught at the MGIMO, Lomonosov Moscow State Universities, and the Higher School of Economics. Dr. Nikitin worked as a senior research fellow, sector head in the USA and Canada Studies Institute. He was a diplomat in the Soviet Permanent Mission to the United Nations (New York, USA). He has written over 150 scientific publications including 50 published abroad. His recent monographs include "International Conflicts" (2017) and "Conflicts, Terrorism, Peace Operations" (2009). He graduated from the Department of Philosophy of Moscow State University and received his Ph.D. (History of International Relations) from the USA and Canada Studies Institute of the Academy of Sciences. His second dissertation (Doctor of Political Sciences) was done at MGIMO.

Vladimir Orlov

Vladimir Orlov

Dr. Orlov is an expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His area of research include major threats and challenges to international security, primarily, nuclear nonproliferation. He is the founding director of the PIR Center is the head of the center’s European branch based in Geneva, Centre russe d’etudes politiques. Dr. Orlov is the editor-in-chief of the Security Index Journal, which is now published under the title Yaderny Kontrol. 

 

Roza Otunbayeva

Roza Otunbayeva

Dr. Roza Otunbayeva currently heads “The Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva” International Foundation. Previously, she was elected to the Kyrgyz Parliament and led the opposition fraction, to become the head of the Interim Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. She then became the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, leading the first peaceful transition from an authoritarian to a parliamentary democracy in Central Asia.

Vladimir Pozner

Vladimir Pozner

Mr. Pozner is a veteran journalist, bestselling author, and documentary filmmaker. He is the host of the top-rated weekly current affairs program on Channel One, Russia’s largest television network. Named the “Voice of Moscow” by CNN, Pozner is a regular commentator on Russia and the history of the Cold War in Western media. Mr. Pozner has won multiple Soviet, Russian, and American awards, including three Emmy certificates, ten TEFY awards (the Russian equivalent of the Emmy) and several international awards. He is internationally recognized and ranks among the most respected people in the television profession in Russia today.

Brad Roberts

Brad Roberts

Dr. Roberts is the Director of the Center for Global Research Security at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy where he worked as the policy director for the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. Dr. Roberts is the author of The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, which he wrote during his time as a William Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

Kirill Rogov

Kirill Rogov

Kirill Rogov is a senior research fellow at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Poli­cy, and a member of the supervisory board of the Liberal Mission Foundation (Moscow). His recent articles focus on current political development and the post-Soviet history of Russia. He is a columnist for: Vedomosti, Forbes–Russia, and Novaya Gazeta. He was co-founder and editor-in-chief of “Polit.Ru” – one of the first Russian on-line media. He was a columnist for the leading business daily, Vedomosti, and later deputy editor-in-chief at Kommersant daily, another leading Russian newspaper. Rogov held positions at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, the leading Russian think-tank in economics, and at the Academy for the National Economy and Public Policy. He was an academic secretary and a member of the editorial committee of the working group on economic growth that formulated the Government Strategy until 2020 (Strategy-2020).

Yuri Saprykin

Yuri Saprykin

Mr. Saprykin is the author of Observation Points (2015) and leads courses on urban and youth culture for Russia’s leading educational institutions and online resources. He took part in the relaunch of the analytical website Slon.ru and Russia’s oldest English-­language publication, The Moscow Times. In the 2000s he was editor in chief of the journal, Afisha, a publication largely responsible for forming the tastes and values of the new educated urban class, the generation of “Russian Europeans.” He is a graduate of MGU’s Department of Philosophy.

Simon Saradzhyan

Simon Saradzhyan

Simon Saradzhyan is the founding director of the Russia Matters Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Mr. Saradzhyan also helps advance the center’s U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism. His research interests include international arms control, counterterrorism, and foreign, defense, and security policies of Russia and other post-Soviet states and their relations with great powers.

Svetlana Savranskaya

Svetlana Savranskaya

Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya is director of Russia programs at the National Security Archive, George Washington University and an adjunct professor of U.S.-Russian relations and contemporary Russian politics at the American University School of International Service in Washington D.C. She is the editor of the book by Sergo Mikoyan, "The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Missiles of November" (Stanford: Stanford University Press/Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2012) and coeditor (with Thomas Blanton and Vladislav Zubok) “Masterpieces of History: The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe 1989" (Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, 2010) which won the Link-Kuehl Prize in 2011 from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. She wrote numerous electronic publications and book chapters about the end of the Cold War including, "The Last Superpower Summits: Reagan, Gorbachev, Bush and the End of the Cold War" (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2015). She graduated from Moscow State University, studied at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and received her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from Emory University.

Ksenia Semenova

Ksenia Semenova

Ksenia Semenova is a journalist, editor, and public relations expert. She is the Global Community Director at the Q&A service, The Question. She also contributes to the analytical firm, Stratfor, and online journal, Legal Dialogue. She worked as a contributing writer for the Institute of Modern Russia. Ms. Semenova was chief editor at the New York office of Snob Magazine, covering topics from sports to politics and writing a column about life in New York City. She graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and worked as a public relations specialist at the Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, the first private art cluster. She became its first PR Director and witnessed the establishment of art clusters in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Perm, and other cities. Even though she later worked as a journalist, she never left the contemporary art sphere, being involved as a PR person for significant art projects.

Natalia Sevagina

Natalia Sevagina

Dr. Sevagina is an Associate in the Research and Education division of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. She completed her undergraduate education at the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Moscow, the Novoaltay College of Art, and the Republican Art School in Tallinn. She received her master’s degree from the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in Moscow. Prior to joining the staff at the Tretyakov Gallery, Sevagina taught art history, painting and drawing in secondary and tertiary educational institutions of the City of Moscow. She then served for ten years as a senior research associate at the Ilya Glazunov State Art Gallery.

Adam Stulberg

Adam Stulberg

Dr. Stulberg is a Professor and Co-Director of the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy (CISTP) in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on international security, Eurasian politics and security affairs, nuclear nonproliferation, and energy and international security, as well as inter­disciplinary courses on science, technology, and international security policy. His current research focuses on energy security dilemmas and statecraft in Eurasia, new approaches to strategic stability and denuclearization of military arsenals, internationalization of the nuclear fuel cycle, counter ­network warfare, and the implications of emerging technologies for strategic stability and international security.

Andrey Sushentsov

Andrey Sushentsov

Dr. Sushentsov a political analyst and international relations professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is also a managing partner with the Moscow-based consulting agency, Foreign Policy Analysis Group. His publications include, “America’s Small Wars” and “Essays on U.S. Politics and Regional Conflicts,” as well as articles on U.S.-Russian and Russian-Georgian relations. In his field-based research, Sushentsov focuses on U.S. and Russian interests in Ukraine and the South Caucasus. In 2015, he edited a volume of Russian perspectives on international security issues looking ahead to 2020. He was an EASI-Hurford Next Generation fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focused on Russian policy toward Ukraine and the future of Russian-Ukrainian interdependence. 

Elena Telegina

Elena Telegina

Dr. Telegina is the dean of International Energy Business Faculty and the director of International School of Business at the Gubkin University of Oil and Gas. She is the director of the Institute of Geopolitics and Energy Security of Russia, a professor of Economics, and a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Science. She has worked in global energy security, energy economics, and international energy cooperation and investments. She served as a member of the board of directors of LuKoil European Holdings in the Netherlands. She was vice minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, while also serving as the vice ­chairman of the European Energy Charter Conference. She was a chairman of the board of directors at Rosneft Oil Company. Since 1999 she has been a member of the board of the Union of Oil Exporters of the Russian Federation.

Alexey Tokarev

Alexei Tokarev

Dr. Tokarev is a professor and analyst at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). His scientific interests include: the Russian political process, the psychology of the masses, the post-Soviet space, statehood, sovereignty, transitology, political processes in modern Ukraine and Georgia, sociological studies of politics, Russian political PR and GR. He worked as a senior research fellow in MGIMO’s Center for Global Problems. He was also a visiting professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow International University. He graduated from Tula State University with a degree in political science and a substantial scholarship from the Russian Federation.

Dmitri Trenin

Dmitri Trenin

Dr. Dmitri Trenin, senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment and Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, is chair of its Foreign and Security Policy Program. He has been with the Carnegie Moscow Center since its inception in 1993. He was a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow and a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. He served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces as a liaison officer in the external relations branch of the Group of Soviet Forces (stationed in Potsdam) and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva. He taught at the War Studies Department of the Military Institute. His lectures addressed U.S.-Russian relations, Russian foreign policy, and the enduring significance of Russia to the United States.

Andrei Tsygankov

Andrei Tsygankov

Andrei P. Tsygankov is professor at the departments of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University. He published several books in English and Russian including, Anti-Russian Lobby and American Foreign Policy (2009), Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin (2012), and The Strong State in Russia (2014), as well as many journal articles. A Russian native, Tsygankov is a graduate of Moscow State University (Candidate of Sciences, 1991) and University of Southern California (Ph.D., 2000).

Feodor Voitolovsky

Feodor Voitolovsky

Dr. Feodor Voitolovsky is deputy director at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO). He is one of the leading experts of IMEMO’s forecasting program. He is also a professor of Political Science at MGIMO University. Dr. Voitolovsky is an editorial board member of the “World Economy and International Relations” journal and published approximately 80 articles and chapters in books. His main publications are focused on: U.S. foreign and security policy, transatlantic relations, and Russian-American and Russia-NATO relations.

Alexander Vylegzhanin

Alexander Vylegzhanin

Dr. Vylegzhanin is a professor and the Head of the Department of International Law at MGIMO in Moscow. He served as a member and the head of Soviet delegations to international negotiations and consultations. He is the current vice-president of the Russian Association of International Law, as well as the vice-president of the Russian Association of the International Law of the Sea. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and other expert councils and boards. He has published over 150 scientific and academic works on international law.

Tatiana Zakaurtseva

Tatiana Zakaurtseva

Dr. Tatiana Zakaurtseva works at the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. She is a preeminent expert in modern American history, theory, the history of international relations, Russian foreign policy, and regional issues in the Eurasia space. She wrote over 50 articles on contemporary issues relating to international relations in both Russian and international journals, periodicals, and textbooks. Dr. Zakaurtseva actively participates in international fora, conferences, and seminars both in Russia and abroad. She serves as a member of: the Expert Council on Foreign Relations of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, the coordination of the public council on Russia’s participation in the G-8, and the specialist expert group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. She has also directed social and educational activities including lectures for young Russian and foreign diplomats.

Zhanna Zayonchkovskaya

Zhanna Zayonchkovskaya

Dr. Zayonchkovskaya, a leading specialist on international migration and multicultural policies, is head of the laboratory for migration analysis and forecasting at the Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is the president of the CIS Research Center on Forced Migration and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Moscow Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Board of the Federal Migratory Service of Russia, and the Editorial Board of the Russian Demographic Yearbook. She is chair of the Independent Research Council for Migration in the CIS and Baltic States and the author of more than 130 scientific publications, including six monographs.

Victoria Zhuravleva

Victoria Zhuravleva

Dr. Zhuravleva is a professor of American History and International Relations at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. She directs the University’s Program on American Studies and serves as Vice-Director of the Department of International Relations and Area Studies. She is the author of many monographs and scholarly works in Russian and English.

General Pavel Zolotarev

General Pavel Zolotarev

Retired Major General Pavel Zolotarev is the deputy director of the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences and a professor at the Academy of Military Sciences. He previously served as head of the Information and Analysis Center of the Russian Ministry of Defense and deputy chief of staff of the Defense Council of Russia.

Natalia Zubarevich

Natalia Zubarevich

Natalia Zubarevich is Russia’s leading expert on social and economic development of regions, social and political geography, and urban development. She is a professor at the Department of Geography of the Moscow State University and director of the regional program at the Moscow-based Independent Institute for Social Policy. She is a member of the expert board of the Russian government and has directed programs for several Russian ministries. She was an expert of the UN Development Program (Russia). She also authored a number of reports on the development of human resources in Russia for the International Labor Organization and research reports for the Social Development Foundation (World Bank).

Vladimir Paperny

Vladimir Paperny 

Vladimir Paperny received his MA in design from the Stroganov Art Academy in Moscow, and his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the Russian State University for the Humanities. His Ph.D. thesis Architecture in the age of Stalin. Culture Two was published in Russian (Ann Arbor, 1985; Moscow, 1996, 2006), in English (Cambridge University Press, 2003, 2011), in Czech (Arbor Vitae, 2014) and in Italian (Artemide, 2017). Since moving to the US in 1981, Dr. Paperny was visiting professor at USC, UCLA, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Bristol University, UK. Currently, he is Adjunct Professor at UCLA. His articles, essays, and columns (in both English and Russian) appear in such publications as Architectural Digest, Project Russia, Speech and many others. His collections of essays include Mos Angeles, Mos Angeles-2 and Mos Angeles Selected (NLO, 2004, 2009, 2018) and Fuck Context? (TATLIN, 2011). Most recently, he co-edited The Architecture of Great Expositions (Ashgate, 2015). He also continues working in his design studio, doing graphic design, architectural photography, and video production.