PhD in Political Sciences, program director of the Valdai Club Foundation. He is the Head of the Laboratory of International Trends Analysis of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Founder and head of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group.
The main topic of his research is the US foreign policy in international conflicts. In his studies, he is focused on the spheres of conflicting interests of Russia and the United States in Europe, the Middle East and the post-Soviet space. Key publications include the monographs "America’s Small Wars" (2014), "Essays on US Policy in the Regional Conflicts of the 2000s" (2014), and the collective monograph "Russia and the World in 2020" (2015). He is the editor of the annual forecast "International Threats".
He was a visiting professor and research fellow at Georgetown University (2007), Johns Hopkins University (2008), Guido Carli Free University of International Studies (2013), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2015), Harvard University (2016) and Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey (2017).
Member of the Russian International Studies Association, International Studies Association (USA) and member of the Working Group on the Future of Russian-American Relations.