President and Founder of the Center on Global Interests in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Previous positions: Senior Fellow and Director of the Russia and Asia Program at the World Security Institute in Washington, D.C.
Professor at Moscow State University; joined the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. (2001) as a Senior Fellow; Director of Russian and Asian Programs; President Emeritus of Washington Profile.
Serves on the editorial boards of several international academic periodicals, and is the Executive Editor of Demokratizatsiya.
Research interests: Russian foreign and domestic policies, Russian-American relations, foreign and domestic policies of the Eurasian countries, international security.
Selected publications: The author of 11 books and more than 250 academic articles published in more than 15 languages. Books: “International Communications“ (2004),“The New Second World Order: Geopolitical Puzzles”, “Confrontation. USA-Russia”(with Vladimir Soloviev), and “In Washington’s Corridors of Power: The Moods of the American Elite” (with Lev Belousov) (all published in 2009). His editorial opinions have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and The Chicago Tribune, among other publications.
If there comes a time when Russians want to live in Russia, or people in other countries want to live as people in Russia live, this will mean that Russia has become the most influential country in the world. And no American, European, Chinese or Arab model will equal it.
Over the past ten years, the understanding of the logic behind Russia’s actions has greatly improved in the global expert community thanks to Valdai Club’s activities. When political analysts, experts and political journalists get an opportunity to talk with global politicians, they get a chance to receive firsthand information.
There is no need to worry about the cancellation of Obama-Putin meeting. It was not quite obvious to Americans why the two presidents should meet face to face. These meetings breed excessively high expectations because they are infrequent and always attract much interest. It was not clear what was to be negotiated; neither was there an effective and coordinated agenda.
If ideas, news and stories (especially positive ones) from a country are not published on the front pages of newspapers or reported on TV on a regular basis, it feels the country shrinks on the map of the world.
The formation of the Russian Popular Front (RPF) could be a positive development in Russian politics. While it is clear that Russia still lacks a full-fledged multiparty system, the fact is that such systems are in crisis elsewhere in the world. Traditional political parties are growing increasingly inadequate and outmoded. Their time has passed.
It is crucial for Russia to elaborate its own “soft power” concept: work out application techniques, development strategies, priorities and objectives. It is also important to tackle financial and organizational issues, gain political and intellectual backing and gather support from civil society and friends of Russia in other countries.