Andrey Sushentsov

Russian Federation

Andrey Sushentsov is a programme director at the Valdai Club and a chair of “Security and War Studies Program”.

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. 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 post-soviet space, particularly in Ukraine and in the South Caucasus. In 2015, 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”.

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. He was a visiting professor at Rome LUISS University in 2013 and at Armenian State University of Economics in 2014. In 2015, Sushentsov was an EASI-Hurford fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focused on Russian policy toward Ukraine and the future of Russian-Ukrainian interdependence.

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


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
Syria Crisis: Why Diplomacy Is Not Working
A full-scale diplomatic solution in Syria appears difficult to achieve. Russia and the United States are not the leading players in the Syrian crisis. They do not seem to want the role and they are
Talk to the Сapable, Comfort the Weak: Russian Conduct after NATO’s Warsaw…
Once every two years, the NATO Summit takes inventory of all issues facing the alliance. The Warsaw Summit was not marked with new views and approaches.
When Will Nagorno-Karabakh Stop Being a Frontline?
The leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have not offered their nations any solution to this difficult conflict, preferring to place the blame squarely on each other.
Status Quo in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Is Detrimental to Russia and Its Allies
Settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a key foreign policy priority for Russia. As seen from Moscow, the main threat is a resumption of hostilities, a local conflict and its prospective
Afghanistan in 2016 and Russia’s Interests
The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated over the past few years, which naturally alarms Russia.
How Will Brexit Affect Russia?
Brexit will undoubtedly damage economically both the UK and the EU. Eventually it will affect Russia as well, making it modify its financial priorities and look for a safer haven for its money and
At Munich Security Conference More Concerns about West Disunity, than Fixing the…
Many name disunity of the West as the main source of global instability, implying that the solution lies in strengthening transatlantic alliance. However, would that be enough to fix the


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