Andrey Sushentsov

Russian Federation

Andrey Sushentsov is a Programme director at the Valdai Discussion Club and a chair of a program “New Factors in Global Development and Future Challenges”. The program produces research, events and publications on issues of modern warfare, geopolitics, technology, modern security threats and great power strategies in the 21st century.

Sushentsov is a political analyst and international relations scholar at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and a managing partner with the Moscow-based consulting agency Foreign Policy Advisory Group, where he heads strategic advisory practice. He holds diploma in history of Lomonosov Moscow State University and a PhD in international relations of MGIMO-University.

His publications include books on U.S. politics and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, “America’s Small Wars” and “Essays on U.S. Politics and Regional Conflicts,” both published in Russian in 2014, as well as articles and reports on U.S.-Russian relations and Russian policies toward Georgia and Ukraine. In his field-based research, Sushentsov pays special attention to collision of U.S. and Russian interests in the Middle East and post-soviet space, particularly in Ukraine and in the South Caucasus. In 2015, with co-author Andrey Bezrukov he edited a volume of Russian perspectives on international security issues looking ahead to 2020 titled “Contours of disturbing future. Russia and the World in 2020”. In 2016, he edited a collection of essays on Russia’s foreign and domestic politics, “Civilization Veiled as a Nation”. 

Sushentsov was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies in 2007 and at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2008. Since then he held visiting positions at several establishments including Rome LUISS University (2013), Armenian State University of Economics (2014), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2015), Harvard University (2016), Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (2017) and Yale University (2017).

He is a member of International Studies Association and participating in a Working Group on the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations established by Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and Harvard University.


Zapad Wargames and Living in Uncertainty
The Russian-Belarusian Zapad (West) military exercises, which were held in the latter half of September, have disappointed many people. Comments made in the Western media before the exercises
Diplomacy as an Exact Science
It's hard not to notice that the media environment affects the minds of the foreign policy elites. For many, foreign policy is increasingly becoming not just a professional occupation, but also a
Strategic Consequences of US Anti-Russia Sanctions
Russian-US relations have again become clear, which allows us to make plans for the future, and making plans is a key condition for a cohesive foreign policy.
"Red Alert" and Risk of Miscalculation in Eastern Europe
With the Ukrainian crisis, for the first time in 25 years the NATO has been confronted with the question – what are the security guarantees for its members worth? The foremost anxiety for Brussels is
“Telamons Holding the Sky”: Russian Views On Evolving Global Balance Of Power
Major countries – “telamons” – present natural centers of world gravity. They tend to establish themselves as important stakeholders and require recognition. They also bear unique responsibility for
Valdai Paper #66: Russia’s Allies and the Geopolitical Frontier in Eurasia
The risk of Russia’s involvement in low-intensity military conflicts has been growing since the early 2000s. Instability along many stretches of the border has forced Moscow to increase its military
Sanctions and the New Economic Reality
Anew reality is emerging in Russia’s economic relations with the West. Economic interaction is growing, despite anti-Russian sanctions, and increasingly penetrates strategic fields. This is happening
Image of Russia as a New Tool in US Political Strife
The fight staged by the liberals against President Trump actually makes Russia part of the US cultural wars. Russia has become another watershed dividing the parties, just like abortion, minority
Georgia’s Security and the Geopolitical Frontier in Eurasia
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the geopolitical frontier in Eurasia is moving away from Russia’s border. The Ukrainian crisis has receded into the background, and the frontline in
Strategic Results of 2016 and Outlook for 2017
This year saw the continuing trend for the condensation of time and the acceleration of global political processes. In December 2016, Russia had a different set of instruments compared to what it had
New Constants in Russia-US Relations
The current state of Russia-US relations is a new constant. Russia and the United States have very few areas of common interest and many areas of disagreement. There is also the irony of mutual
Uncertainty Is the Main Result of the US Presidential Campaign
Anti-elite sentiments and protest votes have overturned the electoral picture of America and threaten to go beyond the political arena. The elite will have to re-invent itself, abandoning the


The Russian-Japanese Rapprochement: Opportunities and Limitations. Report…
On August 31, the Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion and presentation of the report, titled "The Russian-Japanese Rapprochement: Opportunities and Limitations." Watch the live

Valdai Experts Discuss Challenges for the World in 2017
On January 25, 2017, the Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion about the international challenges of 2017 together with the presentation of the report titled "International

Expert discussion "Donald Trump: Professional Profile of the New President…
On January 18, the Valdai Discussion Club held an expert discussion titled “Donald Trump: Professional profile of the new president of the United States,” dedicated to a presentation of a Valdai Club