Timofei Bordachev

Russian Federation

Director of Studies, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP); Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs magazine.

Previous positions: Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Russian Academy of Science (Institute of USA and Canada, Institute of Europe) (1998–2001).

Research interests: Russia – EU relations, EU foreign policy, relations between government and business in Europe, European and international security.

Selected books: New Strategic Union. Russia and Europe in the Face of Challenges of the XXI Century: Opportunities of a Big Deal (2009); Limits of Europeanization.

Russia and European Union in 1991–2007: Theory and Practice of the Relations (2007); New Interventionism and Modern Peace-Building (1998).

Co-author of several Valdai International Discussion Club reports, numerous analytical reports for public authorities of the Russian Federation on the internal development of the European Union and Russia – EU relations, articles in Russian and foreign media.


Europe’s Decline and Uncertain Future: What Should Russia Do?
Russia should not be in a hurry to meddle in European affairs, especially given that interference of this kind has a poor track record. Despite the hostile actions by the EU and some of its member
Russia in Asia and Eurasia: Successes and New Challenges
In 2016, Russia’s policy in Asia and Eurasia, its cooperation with allies and partners in the region reached the next level. In turn, the region was confronted with the integration and security
Do the EAEU Countries Need a Common Trade Policy?
The EAEU countries should use foreign trade talks to enhance the competitiveness of their economies and to strengthen their sovereignty to achieve national development goals. This calls for revising
Russia’s New Foreign Policy Concept: We Need Friends, Not Enemies
“Unlike some of our colleagues abroad, who consider Russia an adversary, we do not seek and never have sought enemies. We need friends. But we will not allow our interests to be infringed upon or
Let China Try
All countries want to live in security and benefit from international cooperation. Even North Korea. But not the so-called Islamic State (banned in Russia), which is why it is not a state at
Syria: War of the Worlds or the Future Today
The developments around tiny Syria are bringing us back to the times of confrontation between the great powers. They are involved in a proxy war by directly arming, funding, training or providing fire
More Europe!
No one would be served by cutting short the unique European experiment. It should develop and be an example for other regions to emulate.
Russia’s Pivot to the East and Comprehensive Eurasian Partnership
In addition to its economic component, the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in Vladivostok in early September is a good occasion to talk about the political aspects of Russia's new role in Asia
Munich Shooting Will Not Change Germany's Attitude to Migration
The Munich shooting spree was a result of tense atmosphere in German society, not a manifestation of international terrorism, Timofei Bordachev, Valdai Club programme director, believes. Nevertheless,
Russia and the Berlin-Washington Order in Europe
A new order is taking shape in Europe. Let’s call it the Berlin-Washington order to harken back to past examples: Vienna, Versailles-Washington and Yalta-Potsdam. This model is the result of the
Valdai Paper #50: Russia and China in Central Asia: The Great Win-Win Game
The SCO summit in Tashkent and Russian President's visit to China which took place in June have provided a good occasion to discuss the need for strengthening multilateral cooperation and ensuring
Fate of Europe: Return to Reality
The world of Euro-optimists is literally turned upside down. What only recently seemed to be "temporary difficulties", suddenly began to look like a geopolitical catastrophe. In reality the