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.
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.
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.
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.
Timofei Bordachev is the program director of the Valdai Discussion Club and academic supervisor of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies. He holds a PhD in political sciences from the Saint Petersburg State University (1999). He is the coauthor of more than 200 analytical materials for public authorities of the Russian Federation concerning internal development of the European Union and the Russia-EU relations. As a researcher, Timofei Bordachev specializes in Russian-European relations, foreign policy of the European Union, public-private relations in Europe, European and Eurasian integration, and European and international security.
Irina Borogan is an investigative journalist and a deputy editor of Agentura.Ru, a watchdog of Russia’s secret services’ activities. In 2009 Borogan started a series of articles investigating the Kremlin’s campaign to gain control of civil society and strengthen the government’s police services under pretext of fighting extremism. The series was published in Ezhednevny Journal and on Agentura.Ru. Borogan is a regular commentator on the Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty and the BBC Russian service. Borogan also regularly makes comments on terrorism for the Moscow Times and writes for Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.
Maria Mikhailovna Buras is a linguist and journalist. She worked as the deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper The Foreigner and as the editor-in-chief of the Kommersant-Science magazine. She led the public relations agency PR-Technologies and the Applied Communications Center. She authored articles in scientific and popular science publications and periodicals, as well as the book, Truth Exists: The Life of Andrei Zaliznyak through Stories of Its Participants.
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.
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.
Nikolay Epplee is an independent researcher working on international memorial culture and on the memory of Soviet state terror specifically. He published on memory issues in Vedomosti, InLiberty, Colta, and other Russian media. He graduated from Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), where he studied classical philology and philosophy. He lectured on ancient Greek philosophy at the State University of Humanitarian Studies, classical and medieval literature at St. Thomas Institute Moscow, and published translations from Greek, Latin, English, German and Italian. In 2013-2017 he was an editorial writer in the daily paper Vedomosti. In 2017-2018 he was fellowship holder at the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Moscow), the Institute of Human Sciences (Vienna) and the German Historical Institute (Moscow).
Dr. Gaman-Golutvina is the chair of the Department of Comparative Politics, MGIMO-University, the 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 member of the Executive Board of Research Committee 2 “Political Elites.”
Mr. Gandlevsky is widely recognized as one of Russia’s most important poets and prose writers.
Mr. Gandlevsky was born December 21st, 1952 in Moscow, and in 1976 graduated with a degree in Philology from Moscow University. From the age of 18, he has been writing poetry, which was published abroad in émigré publications and magazines in the latter half of the 1980s: Continent, The Archer, 22, Echo, the Bronze Age almanac, and the Russian Thought newspaper. His poetry began to be published in Russia at the end of the 1980s. Mr. Gandlevsky is a recipient of multiple awards, including the Russian Little Booker Prize, the Moscow Reckoning prize, as well as the Russian National “Poet” prize. His poetry has been translated into multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Georgian, Hungarian, and more. He is a participant of multiple international poetry festivals, including the Kiev Laurels International Poetry Festival and others across both Western and Eastern Europe as well as Asia. Since 1993 and to the present day, he is a senior editor of the magazine Innostrannaia Literatura (Foreign Literature).
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.
Dr. Glebov is a deputy dean of the Faculty of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology, associate professor at the Department of International Relations, and leading research fellow at the Center for International Studies, Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University (ONU). He is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy in the academic year 2018/2019. His research and teaching interests are in the field of the foreign and security policy of Ukraine, international relations in the Black Sea-Caspian region, European and Euro-Atlantic security, foreign policy of Russia, NATO-Ukraine, and EU-Ukraine relations.
Stepan Goncharov joined the Levada Center as an analyst in 2013. He conducted various research on political and economic behavior and media consumption in Russia. He is a coauthor of analytical reports published by the Levada Center and other institutions. He has coauthored other publications, including: Russians Want Crimea; prefer Luhansk and Donetsk Independent, Americans and Russians Agree on Priorities for Syria, Differ on Urgency of North Korea, American and Russian Opinion at a Standoff on Crimea Sanctions, and Russian Media Landscape–2019. He is the head of the Levada Lab, the Levada Center’s research laboratory, since December 2018. He works on development of research products and special projects on economic behavior and customer experience. He holds an MA in Political Science from Moscow State University.
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 U.S. and NATO foreign policy. He holds a PhD in history from the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Gudkov studied journalism, sociology, and philology at Moscow State University, received a post-graduate degree from The Institute for Philosophy of the USSR Academy of Sciences and earned a Doctor of Philosophy. He worked at various institutions in the USSR Academy of Sciences. He has been a researcher at The Russian Centre for Public Opinion Research (VCIOM), while also working as the director of the Levada Analytical Center (Levada-Center). He is the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Russian Public Opinion Herald, and a lecturer at The Higher School of Economics.
- 2012-2014 Chief, Office of Defense Cooperation, U.S. 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 U.S. Ambassador’s Country Team at U.S. Embassy, Moscow
- Headquarters Staff, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon
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.
J. Mitchell Johnson creates documentary and experimental films including World Without Waves that premiered at Moscow’s 2006 International Film Festival and was the winner of Santa Fe Film Festival’s Milagra Award. His Cold War series, Red Files, won the International Documentary Association’s “Best Limited Series” award. His film about the architect Philip Johnson, Watergarden, was featured nationally on PBS. He is a master’s graduate of the University of Southern California film school. He serves on the board of directors at San Francisco’s Institute for Citizen Diplomacy and was president of the last Lone Star Film Festival. Johnson’s current production, Remaining Human, received a commission from the IEEE Foundation and explores the lost science of cybernetics as well as its founder, Norbert Wiener. Also in the making is Coming Round, the true story of California’s Kashia Pomo Indian tribe’s fight to regain tribal lands and maintain cultural traditions. A list of Johnson’s productions and awards resides at Abamedia.com.
Vassili Kashin is a senior research fellow at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, Higher School of Economics, and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies. He holds a doctorate in political science.
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 coauthor 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); and ‘Nuclear Nonproliferation in Russian-American Relations: History, Opportunities and Outlook’ (2000).
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 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 evaluates 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.
Marina Aleksandrovna Koroleva is a journalist and a radio and television host. She is a professor in the media and communications department at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. From 1994 to 2015 she was a news and broadcast anchor and deputy editor-in-chief of the Echo of Moscow radio station. She is an author and host of daily broadcasts on the Russian language (on Echo of Moscow) as well as on the children’s channel Carousel.
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Andrei Kortunov is the director general of the Russian International Affairs Council. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1979 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1982. He holds a PhD in history. Dr. Kortunov completed internships at the Soviet embassies in London and Washington, and at the Permanent Delegation of the USSR to the UN. In 1982–1995, Dr. Kortunov held various positions in the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies, including deputy director. He taught at universities around the world, including the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he led several public organizations involved in higher education, social sciences and social development. Since 2011, Andrey Kortunov has been the director general of RIAC. He is a member of expert and supervisory committees and boards of trustees of several Russian and international organizations. His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.
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 five-year tenure Afisha published more the 100 issues including “Coming Outs” (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.
Ivan Krastev is the chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences, IWM Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the board of trustees of The International Crisis Group and is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. His book, coauthored with Stephen Holmes, The Light that Failed: A Reckoning (Allen Lane, 2019) won the 30th Annual Lionel Gelber Prize. He is the author of After Europe (UPenn Press, 2017), Democracy Disrupted. The Global Politics on Protest (UPenn Press, 2014) and In Mistrust We Trust: Can Democracy Survive When We Don’t Trust Our Leaders? (TED Books, 2013). Ivan Krastev is the winner of the Jean Améry Prize for European Essay Writing 2020. His latest book, Is it Tomorrow, Yet? How the Pandemic Changes Europe, was published in more than 20 languages in June 2020 and is forthcoming in English in October 2020 from Penguin.
Ekaterina Kronhaus is a journalist, writer, author of four books and founder of the first Russian podcast studio, LIBO/LIBO. She is the author and host of podcasts on ethics, business and the most popular Russian language podcast, Stories about Russian Sex, dedicated to sexuality in the USSR and contemporary Russia. One of the issues under consideration in Ms. Kronhaus’s work is the treatment of homosexuality in modern Chechnya. In six months, Stories about Russian Sex was played more than two million times. The podcast has received several awards for journalism, education, and podcasting.
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.
Dr. Kurilla is a professor at European University in St. Petersburg and specializes in the history of U.S.-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.
Dr. Denys Kuzmin is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations, at Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, School of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology, where he is also a senior research fellow and European Studies program coordinator at the Center for International Studies.
Matthew Levie graduated from MIIS in 2018. He has an MPA with a specialization in Financial Crime Prevention. While studying at MIIS, he was interested in issues related to political corruption and migration, and has published academic articles on both topics. He currently works as a government auditor.
Anatol Lieven is a professor at SFS-Qatar. He served as the chair of international relations and terrorism studies in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. He is also a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise include Islamist terrorism and insurgency; contemporary warfare; U.S. and Western strategy; the countries of the former Soviet Union; and the Greater Middle East, especially Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. His latest book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, was published in April 2011 by Penguin in the UK and Public Affairs in the U.S. From 2000-2007, Anatol Lieven worked in Washington, D.C., first as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and then as a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation. During this period he wrote Ethical Realism: A Vision for America’s Role in the World (coauthored with John Hulsman, published in September 2006 by Pantheon) and America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism (Oxford University Press and Harper Collins, 2004, republished in an updated and expanded new edition, 2012). From 1986 to 1998, he worked as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union (chiefly for The Times), and is author of several books on the latter region, including: The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (Yale University Press 1993), Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? (Yale University Press 1998) and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (U.S. Institute of Peace, 1999). The Baltic Revolution won the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the Yale University Press Governor’s Award in 1993. Anatol Lieven frequently writes for the international media. He has testified before committees and sub-committees of the U.S. Congress and the British parliament, has briefed the British government on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and has spoken on numerous occasions at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the U.S. Department of State, and the French Foreign Ministry, as well as at a wide range of U.S., European, Russian and Chinese universities and institutes. Anatol Lieven holds a BA in history and a PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge, Great Britain.
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.
Adlan Margoev is an analyst with the Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University. In 2017-2019, he directed the Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation Program and edited Yaderny Kontrol Monthly at the PIR Center. He was a visiting professor at the Ural Federal University (2019).
Mr. Margoev is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Applied International Analysis, MGIMO. In 2018, he graduated from the MA Dual Degree Program in Nonproliferation Studies established by MGIMO, PIR Center, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He holds a BA in International Relations from MGIMO with major in Iranian Studies, and he speaks English and Persian. His research interests include Russia-Iran relations, Iran’s nuclear program, the NPT review process, Russia’s arms control and nonproliferation policies, and data analysis in international relations.
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, a 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 of the Soglasiye Foundation. Dr. Migranyan is the author of over 500 publications in Russian and other languages.
Alexey Miller is a professor at the European University at Saint Petersburg, and head of the Center for Research in Cultural Memory.
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.”
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 a professor at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO); principal research fellow, Institute for World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences; and 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 U.S. 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 PhD (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.
Dr. Orlov is an expert in international security and Russia’s foreign policy. His area of research includes major threats and challenges to international security, primarily nuclear nonproliferation. He is the founding director of the PIR Center and 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.
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.
Rich Panter has worked as an editor, writer, director, and producer of a dozen public television documentaries, many on international themes. His work has won over twenty awards including: the CINE Gold Eagle, the Tokyo Prize at the Japan Film Festival, as well as an Emmy nomination. His documentary In Siberia is about an international scientific drilling project on Russia’s Lake Baikal. This project inspired him to become a member of the Fort Ross Conservancy Board of Trustees of the California historical state park. Panter began his career with a BA in the Humanities and a Master’s in Education with the U.S. Teacher Corps in Massachusetts. He took a teaching fellowship at Boston University and then participated in a post-masters program at the University of Hawaii. While there, he met Glenn Paige, the producer of the National Science Foundation’s global anthropological film series. Paige brought Panter on as an assistant editor to work with British documentary editors in London and at the National Film School in Beaconsfield, England. Panter’s talk “The Possibility of a Nonkilling Future” was inspired by the article “Nonkilling Political Science” written by Glenn Paige, founder of The Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK).
Vladimir Paperny received his MA in design from the Stroganov Art Academy in Moscow, and his PhD in Cultural Studies from the Russian State University for the Humanities. His PhD thesis was titled “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 U.S. in 1981, Dr. Paperny was visiting professor at USC, UCLA, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Bristol University, UK. Currently, he is an 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.
Nikolay Petrov is a professor and head of the Laboratory of Methodology of Regional Development Evaluation at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. For many years, he was scholar-in-residence at the Carnegie Moscow Center, where he directed the Society and Regions project. He also heads the Center for Political-Geographic Research. Petrov is a columnist for the information agency RBC (RosBusinessConsulting), a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and a member of the scientific boards of: The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies; Russian Politics; Russian Politics & Law; and Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. During 1990–1995, he served as an advisor to the Russian parliament, government, and presidential administration.
Dmitri Polyanski serves as the first deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN since February 2018. In 1993 he graduated from Moscow State University’s (MGU) Institute of Asia and Africa with a specialty in Arabic language and history. In 2001 he graduated from the Russian MFA Diplomatic Academy with a specialty in international economic relations. In 1993 he joined the Russian Foreign Ministry and has worked in Russian embassies in Tunisia, Germany, Sweden, Austria and Slovenia. Since 1999 he has dealt with EU economic matters, spending three years with the Russian Mission to the EU in Brussels and was head of the EU unit in the Russian MFA. He was appointed from 2008-2011 as deputy ambassador to Poland. From 2011 until January 2016 Dmitri Polyanski served as the deputy director of the First Department of CIS Countries. In 2016-17 he was the head of the Moscow-Taipei Commission Representation in Taiwan, China. He is fluent in English, French, German, Polish and Arabic. Dmitri Polyanski holds the diplomatic rank of Plenipotentiary Envoy and is a member of the board of the Russian Council for Foreign Relations (SVOP).
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.
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 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).
Ivan Safranchuk graduated in 1998 from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and in 2003 received the degree of Candidate of Sciences (the Russian equivalent of a Ph.D.) from the Academy of Military Sciences, where his work focused on post-Cold War nuclear strategy. From 1997 to 2001, he worked at the PIR Center for Policy Studies, including as director of the Nuclear Arms Control Project. In July 2001, he opened CDI Moscow, a Russia-based branch of the U.S.-based think tank the Center for Defense Information; it was renamed the World Security Institute (WSI) in 2006. Since 2008, Dr. Safranchuk has served as an adviser to WSI while focusing on his private consulting work. Dr. Safranchuk runs LaTUK, a consulting firm he founded in 2007 that specializes in energy, security, and other policy questions in Central Asia and other neighboring regions. Since 2007, he has published a magazine entitled Great Game: Politics, Business, and Security in Central Asia. Since 2003, he has lectured at MGIMO in Moscow. Over the past eight years, Dr. Safranchuk has been involved in many projects related to Central Asia and Afghanistan, including projects for Russian, U.S., and European organizations, and also for international organizations, including the UN (UNDP and ESCAP). In August and September 2014, Dr. Safranchuk was part of the UN advisory group that supervised the audit of the second round of presidential elections in Afghanistan. He has authored publications on nuclear strategy and arms control, non-proliferation, Central Asia, and Afghanistan.
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 is the founding director of the Russia Matters Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He worked in Russia for 15 years where he was a senior fellow at the East West Institute, worked as a consultant for the United Nations and World Bank, and was the deputy editor of The Moscow Times. As an expert on post-Soviet space at the Belfer Center, Saradzhyan repeatedly testified at hearings in the U.S. Congress and Canadian Senate. He also published scholarly articles and commentaries in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, and The Washington Post. Saradzhyan holds a BA from the Moscow State Linguistics University, an MA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a PhD candidate at King’s College London. His research interests include the foreign, defense, and security policies of Russia and other post-Soviet states and their relations with great powers. His thesis focuses on causes of political violence in Russia.
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 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.
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.
Thomas Sherlock is a professor of political science at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He received his doctorate in political science from Columbia University and teaches courses on comparative politics, democracy and democratization, comparative institutions, international security, and the politics of the post-Soviet region. His book, Historical Narratives in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia, was published in an expanded, translated edition in 2014 by Rosspen (Moscow), a leading academic publisher. He is also the coauthor of The Fight for Legitimacy: Democracy vs. Terrorism. Thom has contributed chapters to several edited volumes and his articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Comparative Politics, Washington Quarterly, National Interest, Problems of Communism, Ab Imperio, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Prepodavanie istorii i obshchestvovedeniia v shkole (Russia), and Rossiia v global’noi politike (Russia). He has also written chapters for white paper volumes on Russia (2019) and China (2019) commissioned by the Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA, Department of Defense) in its Future of Global Competition and Conflict project.
Andrei Soldatov is a Russian investigative journalist, co-founder and editor of Agentura.ru, a watchdog of the Russian secret services’ activities. Soldatov regularly makes comments on terrorism and intelligence issues for Vedomosti, Radio Free Europe and the BBC. He is a columnist for Ezhednevny Journal and The Moscow Times. Since the autumn 2010 Soldatov writes for Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.
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.
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.
Masataka Suzuki was born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Chuo University Faculty of Law. He then proceeded to join the Defense Agency, National Police Agency, Chiba Prefecture Police. In 1995, he was elected to the House of Councilors (Upper House) of the Japanese Parliament, where he served until 2001. There, he was a member of numerous committees, including the Committee on Foreign and Defense Affairs, the Budget Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. Suzuki was also Secretary-General of the Council of Parliament Members on Japan-US-Europe Comprehensive Security. Currently, he is a Board Member of the Association of Former LDP Parliament Members.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
Denis Volkov is the deputy director at the Levada-Center. He joined the Levada Center, an independent Moscow-based polling organization, as an analyst and head of the department in 2007. Since then he participated in more than a hundred quantitative and qualitative research projects as a researcher, analyst or organizer. Deputy director of the Levada Center since 2019. He authored publications with particular focus on civil society, protest activities, elections and political attitudes of the general public and of young people, business and elites opinion in Russia. He is a columnist at Vedomosti, RBC, The Moscow Times newspapers, Forbes.ru and Carnegie.ru of Carnegie Moscow Center. In 2019 he presented his work at seminars at NUPI (Oslo), FIIA (Helsinki), SWP (Berlin), Dundee University (Dundee), Link Campus University (Rome), University of Prague (Prague), George Washington University, the Brookings Institution and CSIS (Washington DC).
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.
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.
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 I. Zhuravleva is a Doctor of Science (History), a Professor of American History and International Relations, Сhair of the American Studies Department and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of International Relations and Area Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia. She has authored and co-authored a variety of publications. She is editor and co-editor of several volumes on History and Imagology of Russian-American relations as well as on American History, including Russian-American Relations in Past and Present: Images, Myths, and Reality (in Russian), Abraham Lincoln: Lessons of History and the Contemporary World (in Russian), Russia and the United States: Mutual Representations in Textbooks (in Russian, 2009). Her field of research interests is American history with a specialization in Russian-American relations and U.S. foreign policy. Victoria Zhuravleva is a member of editorial boards of academic journals such as Amerikanskii ezhegodnik (The American Year-Book), Sravnitel’naia politika (Comparative Politics); Vestnik RGGU (RSUH/RGGU Bulletin. Series: Politics. History. International Relations. Area Studies), Modern History, Journal of Russian-American Studies (JRAS). She is an Alumna of the Fulbright Program and the Kennan Institute Program. She was awarded the Medal of the Russian Ministry of Education for the development and improvement in students’ research activities.
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 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).