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.

Materials

“Telamons Holding the Sky”: Russian Views On Evolving Global Balance Of Power
02.05.2017
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
21.04.2017
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
06.04.2017
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
07.03.2017
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
07.02.2017
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
03.01.2017
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
10.11.2016
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
07.11.2016
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
07.10.2016
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…
19.07.2016
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?
30.06.2016
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
31.05.2016
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

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Valdai Experts Discuss Challenges for the World in 2017
26.01.2017
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

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Expert discussion "Donald Trump: Professional Profile of the New President…
19.01.2017
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

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