Eduard Ponarin

Russian Federation

Director of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) of the Higher School of Economics (since 2010); Professor, Department of Sociology, Higher School of Economics (since 2008). Previous positions: Professor, Department of Political Sciences and Sociology, European University at St. Petersburg (1998-2012); Member of the editorial board of Journal of Post-Soviet Power Institutions (2005-2007); Member of PONARS Executive Committee (2003-2006); Research assistant at the Population Studies Center, the University of Michigan (1990-1996).

Research interests: nationalism, religion, social psychology, statistical analysis.


America Helps Strengthen Russia’s National Identity
The current generation of Russians has a stronger feeling of patriotism. They are proud of being Russians and the citizens of Russia. It was America that raised the question of Russia’s place in the

Eduard Ponarin
Syria Comes Up As the Best and Worst of 2013 in the Valdai Club Poll
Valdai Club experts were polled on the results of 2013 and the most important events that influenced or changed international affairs. The majority of the experts polled believe that the most positive
Islamism in Russia is Influenced by Global Developments
The development of Islamism in Russia depends on two factors. One is connected with global developments, and the other with the domestic economic and political situation, which is also affected by

Eduard Ponarin
Psychological Traits and Foreign Policy Attitudes of the Russian Elite
The focus was on Russian elites’ views on five issues related to international relations: defining the sphere of Russia’s national interest, the role of military power in world politics, attitude to
Who Will Replace the Current Russian Authorities?
Over the course of the next decade, the Russian elite will undergo a gradual change of generations. Today the key government and economic positions are held by people born in the 1950s, the 1960s and
Views of the Russian elite: Will Russia seek superpower status?
As Russia embarked on the path of sustained economic growth in the 2000s, the Russian government adopted an increasingly energetic, if not aggressive, foreign policy course aimed at reestablishing the
Ressentiment and the Evolution of Anti-Americanism in Post-Soviet Russia
The majority of Russians today have a negative attitude to the United States. While they may not see America as an enemy, they think Russia must be very cautious in its dealing with the global
Elite Ideology, Mass Protests, and Russia’s Democratic Prospects
The mass protests in 2011 and 2012 have caused heated debates about the trajectory of Russian politics. Some experts believe that this political awakening portends an early end to Putin’s rule, while


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