Valdai Academy

The Valdai Club Academy is the Award’s expert body. It consists of the most authoritative and prominent Club experts who took an active part in Club meetings six or more times and have publications in their name on the websites and print publications of the Club at the time of the Award's founding. The Valdai Club Academy is the Award's highest expert body

Valdai Academy Chair

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Timothy Colton
Professor and Chairman, Department of Government, Harvard University; Member, Editorial board, World Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Government, Harvard University; Member, Editorial board, World Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs.



Previous positions: Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University.

Research interests: national and international politics of Russia and Eurasia.

Selected publications: Leadership and the Politics of Modernization, in Russia: The Challenges of Transformation (edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin, 2011); Russians and the Putin-Medvedev “Tandemocracy”: A Survey-Based Portrait of the 2007–2008 Election Season (2010); Yeltsin: A Life (2008); The State after Communism: Governance in the New Russia (with Stephen Holmes, 2006); Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000 (with Michael McFaul, 2003). Currently researching a book on Russia and the West: Conflict and Accommodation in the Post-Soviet Space and writing the Russia book in the Oxford University Press series “What Everyone Needs to Know About…”

Valdai Academy Council

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Andrey Bystritskiy
Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, member of the Union of Writers
Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, member of the Union of Writers


In 1985-1991, Andrey Bystritskiy was engaged in research as a Senior Fellow at the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. He has been in the media industry since 1991, starting as the Head of the Audience Research Department of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (RTR), author and host of radio and television broadcasts. In 1993-1996, Andrey Bystritskiy headed sociological research at the Company. From 1996 to 1997, he was in charge of the "Society" Department at the Itogi (Russian Newsweek) magazine. In 1997-1998, Andrey Bystritskiy was Deputy Director General for Information at TV Tsentr. Between 1998 and 1999, he was the Producer of the Russian news service on BBC. In 1999, he joined the Organizing Committee of the Unofficial Moscow Festival as one of its Co-Chairs, he was also a member of the Editorial Board of the Moscow Alternative newspaper and Chairman of the Mayak State Radio Broadcasting Company (main information radio in Russia). In 2000, Bystritskiy became the Director General of the Vesti State Television Company (an entity of RTR). From 2000 to 2008, he was Deputy Director General of RTR and the Director of the Department of Information Programmes of the Russia TV. In 2000-2013 Bystritskiy was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of international broadcasting company Euronews. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Apologia monthly magazine. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Chairman of the Voice of Russia State Radio Company (Russian international broadcaster in 44 languages).

Andrey Bystritskiy has been at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics since 2001, as a Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design since 2014. Since 2008, he has been the head of the Council of the Heads of Government and Public Television and Radio Organizations of CIS Countries. Since 2014, Bystritskiy has been the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club and the Chairman of the Public Supervisory Council of the Russian Ministry of Communications.

Andrey Bystritskiy is a Professor and PhD (Pedagogics, 1989). He is a member of the Union of Writers. In June 2007, he received the Order of Honour.

Andrey Bystritskiy is the author of books, including such works as Youth Subcultures and Russia's Intelligentsia During the Demise of the Soviet System (1991), and numerous publications in newspapers and magazines.
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Fyodor Lukyanov
Academic director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Chairman, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs journal.
Academic director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Chairman, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Editor-in-Chief, Russia in Global Affairs journal.

Previous positions: editor, then senior editor, Department for Broadcasting to Northern Europe, International Radio Moscow (Voice of Russia, 1990–1993); correspondent, international desk, Segodnya newspaper (1994–1997); editor, international desk, Vremya MN newspaper (1997–2000); editor, international desk and deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vremya Novostei newspaper (2000–2002).
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Timofei Bordachev
Programme Director, Valdai Club Foundation
Programme Director, Valdai Club Foundation. Ph.D. in Political Science; Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Director of Studies, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP); member of the Advisory Committee of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Research interests:

  • Eurasia; Russia’s Pivot to the East; Silk Road Economic Belt, Eurasian economic integration

  • EU development

  • Russia – EU relations,

  • EU foreign policy,

  • European and international security.

Co-author of Valdai Discussion Club reports including the series “Toward the Great Ocean” (Toward the Great Ocean, or the New Globalization of Russia; Toward the Great Ocean—2, or Russia’s Breakthrough to Asia; Toward the Great Ocean - 3. Creating Central Eurasia. The Silk Road Economic Belt and the Priorities of the Eurasian States' Joint Development; Toward the Great Ocean 4: Turn to the East. Preliminary results and new objectives), numerous analytical reports for public authorities of the Russian Federation on the internal development of the European Union and Russia – EU relations, author of numerous articles in Russian and foreign media.

Selected books (or chapters):

In co-authorship with  Skriba A., Kazakova A. Conjunction of the EAEU and Silk Road Economic Belt, in: Asia-Pacific News Brief. New context and economic cooperation opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region and Eurasia / Отв. ред.: M. V. Larionova. Issue 1 (4). M. : RSPP, 2016. (Chapter).

Eurasian Russia in the 21st century, in: Russia's "pivot" to Eurasia. L. : European Council on Foreign Relations, 2014. Ch. 2.

Skriba A., Bordachev T. V. Russia’s Eurasian Integration Policies, in: The Geopolitics of Eurasian Economic Integration. L.: London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014. Ch. 2.

Selected articles:

Russia's pivot to Asia has mixed results, say experts //The Straits Times. 14/12/2016.

Bordachev T. V., Kazakova A. V., Skriba A.S. Institutions for Peaceful Eurasia // International Organisations Research Journal. 2016. Vol. 11. No. 2. P. 24-39

Russia and the European Union: Lessons Learned and Goals Ahead/ Россия и Европейский союз: извлеченные уроки и намеченные цели // Strategic Analysis. 2016. Vol. 40. No. 6

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Piotr Dutkiewicz
Professor of Political Science, Director, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Professor of Political Science, Director, Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.



He holds two Doctorate Honoris Causa from the People’s Friendship University, Moscow (2006) and from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (2007).

Previous positions: Fellow, St. Peter’s and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford; Visiting Professor, Berkeley University, Institute for International Relations (USA); taught at Warsaw University in Poland (1977–1989) and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1990–1993). Editor-in-Chief of a 21 volume series on Local and Regional Development in Poland and Eastern Europe (1986–1989) and editor (or co-editor) of 12 other books; Director, several large scale projects in Russia funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (on regional development, labor market and social policy); Member, Canadian Official State delegation to Russia, 2003.

Selected publications: New Europe: e Impact of the First Decade. Variations on the Pattern (two volumes); eory and Practice of the Civil Society in Russia; Basics of Local Governance; NATO Looks East; Ukraine: Social and Economic Transformation; e Worst is Over? Democracy Without Liberalism; Unemployment Insurance System in Canada (coedited all the publications).

Most recent books: 22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World’s Foremost inkers, NYUP (co-edited with Richard Sakwa, 2013), Democracy versus Modernization. A Dilemma for Russia and for the World, Routledge (co-edited with Vladislav Inozemtsev, 2012); Russia the Challenges of Transformation, NYUP (co-edited with Dmitri Trenin, 2011).

Awarded with the Russian Federation’s Order of Friendship (2009).
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Sergei Karaganov
Honorary Chairman of the Presidium, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP); Dean, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics.

Honorary Chairman of the Presidium, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP); Dean, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics.
 
Previous positions: Fellow, Institute of the U.S. and Canada (1978–1988) and later at the Institute of Europe (1988–2010), USSR/Russia Academy of Sciences; Member, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Council for Foreign Policy (since 1991); Deputy Chairman, Presidium of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (since 1992); Member, Academic and Advisory Council, Russian Security Council (since 1993); Co-chairman, Board of Trustees, Fund for Parliamentary Development in Russia (since 1996); Adviser to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Presidential Executive Office (2001); Consultant to several large Russian banks and corporations; Member, Board of Gazprom-Media (since 1993); Member, International advisory board, UniCredit Group (2007–2010).

Author and editor of numerous publications on the problems of economics, foreign policy, arms control, national security strategy, and Russia’s foreign and military policy.
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Vitaly Naumkin
President, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); Professor; Corresponding Member, RAS.
President, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); Professor; Corresponding Member, RAS.

Editor-in-chief, “Vostok (Oriens)” journal (since 1998); Member, Science Council, Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Security Council; President, Center for Strategic and Political Studies (since 1991); Goodwill Ambassador for the Alliance of Civilizations by the UN Secretary General (since 2007).

Previous positions: Head, Arab countries Department, Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (1984–1989); Deputy Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (1989–1994); Visiting Professor, American University, Cairo (1991); Head, Center for Arab Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (1994–2009); Visiting Analyst, Abu Dhabi TV Satellite Channel, UAE (2001–2002); Visiting Professor, University of California in Berkeley (2003); Member, High Level Group, UN Alliance of Civilizations project (2005–2006); Founder and Chairman, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies (2006–2009).

Research interests: Islam; international relations; international security; regional studies (Middle East, Central Asia, South Caucasus); South Arabian studies; conflict management and resolution; ethnology; evolution of Islamic movements; South Arabian ethnography; conflicts among the CIS member-states.

Author of over 500 publications in Russian, English, French, Arabic and other languages dealing with the history of Asia, the Arab world, Central Asia and Caucasus, international relations, political science, Islamic studies, philology, conflict management and resolution.
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Alexander Rahr
Research Director, German-Russian Forum.
Research Director, German-Russian Forum.

Board member, Petersburg Dialogue; Board member, Yalta European Strategy (YES); Board member, Union of Russian Economy in Germany; Honorary Professor, Moscow State University of International Relations of the MFA of Russia (MGIMO University) and the Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

Previous positions: senior analyst, Research Institute of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Munich; Project manager, Federal Institute for East European and International Studies, Cologne; Political consultant, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica; Program Director, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Berlin (1994–2012).


Selected publications: biographical books of Michail Gorbachev (1986), Vladimir Putin (2002); Russland gibt Gas (2008); Putin nach Putin (2008); e Cold Friend: Why we need Russia (2011).

Awarded the Federal Merit Cross (2003), Medal on Outstanding Cooperation, Ministry on Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
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Feng Shaolei
Dean, Professor, School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS), East China Normal University; Director, Center for Russian Studies, MOE Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, East China Normal University.
Dean, Professor, School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS), East China Normal University; Director, Center for Russian Studies, MOE Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, East China Normal University.



Vice President, China National Association for International Studies; Vice President, China National Association for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia Studies; Vice President, Shanghai Association for International Studies; Vice President, Shanghai Institute for European Studies; Vice President of Chinese Association for New Economy Studies.

Research interests: Russian politics and history; diplomacy; social transition; history of great powers relations; theories of international politics.

Selected publications: Domestic Transition and Foreign Relations: Russia since 1992; Lesson from Metternich – On China-U.S.-Russia Trilateral Relations (2011); Libyan War and Mediterranean Strategy of France (2011); Transition Era (chief editor and author of preface, 2010); Prediction for Great Powers (chief editor and author of preface, 2010); A Series of European Studies; (Chief Editor and author of preface, 2010); Russia-America-Europe Relations under Construction– Neo-Empire Studies (2010).

His two books – Domestic Transition and Foreign Relations: Russia since 1992 and Transition Era were awarded with prizes.

Valdai Academy Members

Hüseyin Bağcı

Professor and Chair, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University in Ankara; Deputy Director, Foreign Policy Institute, Ankara; Guest Professor, Humboldt University in Berlin.
Professor and Chair, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University in Ankara (since 1992); Deputy Director, Foreign Policy Institute, Ankara; Guest Professor, Humboldt University in Berlin.



TV and radio commentator and syndicated columnist, The New Anatolian newspaper (Ankara); Member, IISS (London) and Center for European Policy Studies (Brussels).

Previous positions: Associate Member and Researcher, Foreign Policy Institute, Ankara (1988); Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (1988); Deputy Director for Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Institute, Ankara (1989); Reserve officer, Turkish National Defense Ministry’s General Plans and Principles Department (1990–1991); Visiting Professor, Bonn University and La Sapienza University in Rome (2007); Visiting Professor, Lublin University (2008); Guest Researcher, German Society for Foreign Affairs (DGAP), Bonn; Senior Fellow, Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), Bonn.

Authored numerous articles and several books on Turkish foreign policy and Turkish-German relations.

Sergey Brilev

Deputy Director and anchor TV Channel "Rossia" (Moscow), President of the Bering-Bellinghausen Institute for the Americas (Montevideo, Uruguay).
Deputy Director and anchor TV Channel "Rossia" (Moscow), President of the Bering-Bellinghausen Institute for the Americas (Montevideo, Uruguay).

Toby Trister Gati

Toby T. Gati is President of TTG Global, LLC, an international consulting company.
Toby T. Gati is currently President of TTG Global, LLC, an international consulting company. She served as Special Assistant to President Clinton for Russia and Eurasian Affairs and then as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research (INR) from 1993-1997. For almost 20 years, until April 2016, she was a Senior International Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, an international law firm.

Thomas Gomart

Vice-President for Strategic Development, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris and Brussels; Editor, trilingual online collection Russie.Nei.Visions.
Vice-President for Strategic Development, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris and Brussels; Editor, trilingual online collection Russie.Nei.Visions.



Member, Editorial boards, Politique etrangere and La Revue des deux mondes. Ph.D in History at Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Previous positions: Lavoisier Fellow, Moscow State University of International Relations of the MFA of Russia (MGIMO University); Visiting Fellow, Institute for Security Studies, European Union, Paris; Marie Curie Fellow, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London; Lecturer on international affairs, Special Military School of Saint-Cyr Coetquidan (2002–2010); IFRI project Europe, Russia, and the United States: Finding a New Balance (2008); Director, Russia/NIS Centre, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris and Brussels (2008–2013).

Research interests: post-Soviet space.

Selected publications: Russian Energy Security and Foreign Policy (co-editor, 2011); Russian Civil-Military Relations: Putin’s Legacy, Washington DC, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2008); Double detente, Les relations franco-sovietiques de 1958 а 1964, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne (2003).

Leonid Grigoryev

Professor, Head of Chair of World Economy, Department of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics; Chief Adviser of the Head of Analytical Center of the Government of RF.
Professor, Head of Chair of World Economy, Department of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics; Chief Adviser of the Head of Analytical Center of the Government of RF.



Member of the Board of Trustees, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia; Member, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP). Ph.D in economics.

Previous positions: Research Fellow, Head of the Sector, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (1971–1991); Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy, Chairman of Foreign Investments Committee (1991–1992); Advisor to Executive Director, World Bank (1992–1997); CEO, Bureau of Economic Analysis (1997–2001); Chairman of the Board, Expert Institute (2001–2009); President, Institute for Energy and Finance (2004–2010); Chairman of the Board, WWF – Russia (2006–2014).

Research interests: global and Russian economy and energy, business cycle and forecasting; interests of social strata, middle class in Russia; property rights, corporate governance and privatization; capital formation and private finance.

Author of more than 300 publications.

Nikolai Zlobin

President, Center on Global Interests, Washington, DC, USA.
President, Center on Global Interests, Washington, DC, USA (since 2012).

Member, editorial boards of several international academic and political periodicals.

Previous positions: Senior Fellow and Director, Russian and Asian Programs, Center for Defense Information, World Security Institute, USA; executive __-editor of Demokratizatsiya, the Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization (USA).

Research interests: Russian domestic and foreign politics; international relations and international security; relations between the United States and Russia, as well as the United States and the nations of the former Soviet Union; and the politics and history of post-Soviet countries.

Author of 23 books and more than 250 academic articles on policy, history and international security published in 17 languages.

Selected publications: Russkiy virazh. Kuda idet Rossia (coauthored with Vladimir Solovyov, 2014); America – Ischadie Raya (2013); America… A Nice Place to Live (2012); Putin-Medvedev. What’s next? (co-authored with Vladimir Solovyov,2010).

Clifford Kupchan

Chairman and Practice Head, Eurasia Group
Chairman and Practice Head, Eurasia Group

Previous positions: Senior advisor for Eurasia, North Africa and foreign assistance, House International Relations Committee; senior official, Department of State, where he focused on Russia and Eurasia (1993–2001); Vice President, Eurasia Foundation Moscow (2000–2002); Vice President and Senior Fellow, Nixon Center.

Research interests: Russian foreign and domestic policy; Eurasia; US foreign policy; Iran.

Author of analytical articles in many major U.S. and European newspapers and magazines; frequent commentator on television news programs.

Andrew Kuchins

A Senior Fellow and Research Professor, Georgetown University.

Senior Fellow and Research Professor, Georgetown University.

Previous positions: Director and Senior Fellow, Russia & Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS); Lecturer, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Director, Russian and Eurasian Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. (2000–2003, 2006); Director, Carnegie Moscow Center (2003–2005). He has also held senior management and research positions at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at Georgetown and Stanford Universities.

Research interests: Russian and Eurasian affairs; U.S.-Russia relations and the “reset”; Russia’s Asia strategy; the role of energy in the Russian Far East Selected publications: Perspective: What’s to Follow the Demise of the US-Russian “Reset” (2012); The End of the “Reset” (2012); Russian Foreign Policy: Continuity in Change (coauthored with Igor Zevelev, 2012); Laying the Groundwork for Afghanistan’s New Silk Road (2011), Putin’s Return and Washington’s Reset With Russia (2011; Reset Expectations: Russian Assessments of U.S. Power (2011); The North Caucasus: Russia’s Volatile Frontier (co-authored with Sergey Markedonov, 2011); Russia After the Global Economic Crisis (co-edited by Anders Aslund and Sergei Guriev, 2010); The Key to Success in Afghanistan: A Modern Silk Road Strategy (2010).

Andranik Migranyan

Public figure; Political scientist; Director, Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, the New York City Branch.
Public figure; Political scientist; Director, Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, the New York City Branch (since 2008).



Member, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP). Member, Academy of Political Sciences; Chairman, Research Council, CIS Institute; Member, Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (second convocation); Member of numerous Russian and international scientific and public associations and organizations.

Previous positions: Member, Presidential Council of the Russian Federation (1993–2000); Senior Advisor to the Committee on Foreign Relations, Supreme Council of the Russian Federation (1992–1993); Chief Advisor to the Committee on CIS Problems of Russian Parliament (The State Duma) (1994–1995); Vice-president, Reforma Foundation (1993– 2003); First Vice-President, Soglasiye Foundation (2004–2008); Chairman of the commission, Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (first convocation); Professor, MGIMO University.

Selected publications: Democracy in Russian mirror (with Adam Przeworski, 2013); Russia’s modernization and civil society (2003); Russia. From Chaos to Order? (2001); Russia in Search for Identity (1997); Democracy and Morality (1989).

Authored over 600 articles in Russian and foreign languages.

Awarded the Medal of Honor by a Presidential Decree (2009).

Alexei Miller

Professor, European University, Saint-Petersburg; Leading Research Fellow, Institute for Scientific Information in Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
Professor, European University, Saint-Petersburg; Leading Research Fellow, Institute for Scientific Information in Social Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Recurrent Visiting Professor, Department of History, Central European University (Budapest); Member, Council on Foreign and Defense policy; Membership in Editorial Boards: among others – European History Quarterly; Studia Judaeoslavica,The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Brill Publishing House; Ukraina Moderna, Lviv ; Editor of Book series “The Borderlands of the Russian Empire”, Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie Publishing House, Moscow and Russian, East European and post-Soviet studies, Central European University Press, Budapest.

Ph.D in History.

Previous positions: Humboldt-Stiftung Research Fellow (1998–1999, 2005); Senior fellow in the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna (2001); Senior fellow in Collegium-Budapest (2002–2003); Visiting professor in the Center for Border Studies of the University of Glamorgan, UK (2001–2004); Visiting Professor EHESS, Paris (2009); Leverhulme Trust Research Professor, Manchester University (2010–2011); Professor, Russian State University for Humanities.

Research interests: Comparative history of empires; Russian nationalism and empire; memory politics in Central and Eastern Europe; history of concepts.

Selected publications: The Ukrainian Question in the Russian Empire (2013); e Romanov Empire and Nationalism. Essays in Methodology of Historical Research (2008); Western borderlands of the Russian Empire (2006); Nationalism and Empire (2005); The Ukrainian Question. The Russian Empire and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century (2003).

Orietta Moscatelli

Editor; Head, New Europe Desk at Aska News agency (Italy).
Editor; Head, New Europe Desk at Aska News agency (Italy).



Previous positions: correspondent in Moscow for the Italian daily Il Messaggero (1990–1995); Special correspondent, coordinator, Analysis programme, Euronews – Great Britain, France (1997–2001); Diplomatic correspondent, Apcom News Agency (2001–2005); Head, New Europe desk, TM-News press agency (till recently).

Research interests: Russia and the Caucasus; Russia and Ukraine; foreign affairs.

Selected publications: “Chechnya, the words to understand”.

Recently published an e-book about the crisis in Ukraine (Ukraine, anatomy of an earthquake).

Regularly contributes to a number of publications, including Limes, the main Italian geo-political magazine, and analytic programs.

Alexei Mukhin

Director General of the Centre for Political Information.
Director General of the Centre for Political Information (since 1997).



Observer and Columnist of Echo of Moscow, Slon.ru, RBCdaily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Argumenti Nedeli (Arguments of the Week); Associate Professor, Russian State University for the Humanities (since 2012); Member of the Association of Historians of intelligence services.

Previous positions: researcher, Information and research center Panorama (1992–1996); Founder, Executive director (later – Director), Service for Political Information and Consultation – Center (SPIC-Center), an independent research organization and information agency (since 1996); editor-in-chief, Internet-magazine FEC (Facts, Events, Comments) – since 2002; led a special course -Information wars- at the Russian State Social University (2005–2005).

Research interest: political analysis (analysis of political processes); formation, behavior, and psychology of elites; the military reform and the reform of the Russian intelligence services; state agencies and the administrative reform in the Russian Federation; national security; economic risks; organized crime.

Author of over 100 scientific papers, including monographs in the field of political science and history of Russia. His comments on current political and economic developments are regularly cited by the leading national and international media.

Natalia Narochnitskaya

Chairman, European Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in Paris; President, Foundation for Historical Outlook in Moscow.
Chairman, European Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in Paris; President, Foundation for Historical Outlook in Moscow.



Previous positions: worked at the Secretariat-General of the United Nations in New York (1982–1989); Member, Deputy Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Commission on Study of the Practice and Implementation of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, State Duma of the Russian Federation (2003–2007); Deputy Head, Russian delegation to PACE (2003–2007).



Research interests: philosophy of history; Russian history; world history; international relations and international law; geopolitics, social consciousness.

Selected publications: Russia and Russians in World History; Great wars of the XX century; For what and who we were fighting.

Mehdi Sanaei

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary  of Islamic Republic of Iran in the Russian Federation.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary  of Islamic Republic of Iran in the Russian Federation.


Previous positions:

Director, Russian Studies Group, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran; Member, Parliament of IRI (since 2008).

Visiting professor, Political Sciences Faculty Moscow Humanitarian University (since 1999); Member, Kazakhstan Academy of Social Sciences (since 1997); Editor-in-chief, Journal of World Studies, University of Tehran (from 2011).

Surveyor, Presidential Strategy Studies Institute (1992–1994); Cultural attache, Embassy of IRI in Kazakhstan (1995–1998) and Russia (1999–2003); Editorin-chief of ‘Persia’ magazine, Moscow Oriental Studies Institute (1999–2003); Deputy Head for Research and Education, Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (2003–2005); Head, Institute of Culture, ECO Regional Organization (2005–2006).

Selected publications: Bilateral relations of Iran and Central Asia (2011); Iran and Russia’s Relations (2008); Russia in Search of Identity, written by James Billington, translated and edited by Mehdi Sanaei (2006); Souvenir from Central Asia (1999); Iran’s Position in Central Asia (1997).

Authored many other books and numerous articles in English, Farsi and Russian.

Nobuo Shimotomai

Professor, Hosei University, Tokyo; Senior Research Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs.
Professor, Hosei University, Tokyo (since 1988); Senior Research Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs (since 2014).

Previous positions: Asssociate Professor,Professor, Seikei/ Tokyo University (1978–1988); Honorary Research Fellow, Birmingham University (UK) – 1983; Visiting Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, Harvard Russian Research Center (1992–94); Associate Writer of the Asahi Shimbun (1998–2001); President of the Japan Association of International Relations (2002–2004). Research interests: political science; Russian politics; Soviet history; Сold war in Asia. Selected publications: Russia and Soviet Union, Old Believers in history (Kawadeshobo Shinsha, Tokyo, 2013); Kim Il Sung and Kremlin. Northern Korea during the Cold War. 1945–1961 (2010); Mosсow and Kim Il Sung (2006). Commentator on Russian Affairs.

Guangcheng Xing

Director, Research Center for Chinese borderland history and geography, China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); Professor, Graduate School, CASS.
Director, Research Center for Chinese borderland history and geography, China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); Professor, Graduate School, CASS.

Previous positions: Visiting Scholar, Institute of International Economic and Political Studies, Academy of Sciences of Russia (1993–1994); Visiting Professor, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University (2001–2002), Director, Institute of East European, Russian and Central Asian Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2005–2009); Deputy director, Research Center for Chinese borderland history and geography, CASS.

Research interests: Russian studies, including economy, politics and culture; relationships between China and the Central Asian countries, China and Russia, the Chinese neighboring countries and the Chinese borderland, Central Asia, SCO, CIS.

Selected publications: Report of the development of Shanghai cooperation organization (2009); Medvedev and Putin – the combination of the sovereign power (2009); Shanghai cooperation organization: priority directions (2002); The strategic decisions of the high-ranking leaders of the Soviet Union for 70 years: from Lenin to Gorbachev (1998); China and Central Asia: Towards a New Relationship; Security Issues in China with Central Asian States (1998); The relations between China and new independent central Asian countries (1996); Rising Central Asia (1993).

Dmitry Suslov

Deputy Director for Studies at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the School of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – High School of Economics; senior lecturer at the World Politics Department, School of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – High School of Economics; Research Fellow, Valdai Club Foundation.

Dmitry Suslov conducts research on various issues of International Relations, including the US Foreign Policy and Russia-US relations, EU evolution and policies and Russia-EU relations, Russian Foreign Policy. He regularly consults the Russian government institutions and business enterprises on these and other issues.

 He is Senior lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the NRU – HSE (since 2008), as well as a Deputy Director for Research at the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (since 2004). Mr. Suslov is also the Russian coordinator and member of the Working Group on the Future of the US-Russia Relations, which is a joint venture of the NRU - Higher School of Economics and Harvard University (since 2010). Mr. Suslov has co-authored several books (incl. The U.S. Policy in Asia Pacific (Moscow, 2014), Non-Military Instruments of the Russian Foreign Policy: Regional and Global Mechanisms (Moscow, 2012); Russia: a Strategy for the New World (Moscow, 2011), Russia vs. Europe. Confrontation or Alliance? (Moscow, 2009), Russia and the World. A New Epoch (Moscow, 2008), The World Politics (Moscow, 2008), The World Around Russia:2017. (Moscow, 2007). At the NRU– Higher School of Economics (School of World Economy and International Affairs) Mr. Suslov teaches courses on the US Domestic and Foreign Policy (for BA and MA students), Introduction to World Politics and International Relations (for BA students), Global Governance (for MA students), US-Russia Relations After the End of the Cold War (for MA students), and the Russia-EU Relations (for MA students).

Ján Čarnogurský

Member of the board of directors, Paneuropean University Bratislava; Lawyer, Advocate.
Member of the board of directors, Paneuropean University Bratislava; Lawyer, Advocate.



Previous positions: belonged to dissidents in former Czechoslovakia; Deputy Prime Minister, Federal Government of Czechoslovakia (1989–1990); Founder, Chairman, Christian-Democratic Movement of Slovakia (1990–2000); Prime Minister of Slovakia (1991–1992); Member of Parliament of Slovakia (1992–1998); Minister of Justice of Slovakia (1998–2002); Member of the Board, Bratislava School of Law (2004); Chairman, Russian-Slovakian Society (2006).

Research interests: law, politics, history.

Selected publications: On roads of KDH (2007); Seen from the Danube. Diaries (1997); Prosecuted for faith (1991).

Gábor Stier

Foreign policy analyst, Head, Foreign Affairs Desk, Magyar Nemzet, Hungarian conservative daily newspaper.
Foreign policy analyst, Head, Foreign Affairs Desk, Magyar Nemzet, Hungarian conservative daily newspaper (since 2000).

Previous positions: Head, Moscow office, Magyar Nemzet (1995–1997).

Research interests: post-Soviet region and Central Europe; Russia’s development; Russia’s role in the world; relationships within the post-Soviet region; Central Europe caught in between East and West.

Selected publications: The Putin Mystery (2000); collection of reports about Poland after the system change; essays on Russia’s Central-Asian politics – e empire’s revalued backyard, and on the Visegrad countries’ cooperation, and their relationship with Russia – Russia discovers Central Europe once again; What shall we do with Russia?

Laureate of many Hungarian journalist awards and Republic of Poland’s Knight’s Cross for his contribution to strengthening ties between the two countries.

Michael Stürmer

Chief Correspondent, WELT-Gruppe, Berlin.
Chief Correspondent, WELT-Gruppe, Berlin (since 1998).

Previous positions: Chair of Medieval and Modern History, Friedrich-Alexander-Universitдt Erlangen-Nьrnberg (1973–2003); Director, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Ebenhausen/Isartal (1988–1998).

Research interests: political history, international relations.

Selected publications: Welt ohne Weltordnung (2006); Putin and the Rise of Russia (2008).

Sheng Shiliang

Research Fellow, Xinhua Center for World Affairs Studies; Senior Fellow, Chief of Russia Division, Eurasia Social Development Research Institute, State Council Development Research Center.
Research Fellow, Xinhua Center for World Affairs Studies; Senior Fellow, Chief of Russia Division, Eurasia Social Development Research Institute, State Council Development Research Center.



Executive member, Russian Central Asia Economics Association (since 2001); Executive member, Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies (since 2006); Previous positions: translator, proof reader (International department), editor (Reference news department), Xinhua News Agency; reporter and deputy chief, Moscow branch, Xinhua News Agency (three terms between 1978 and 2000); presenter, roughout the Globe program, Xinhua TV studio (1991–1996).

Research interests: political, economic and social development as well as foreign affairs of Russia and CIS; international relations.

Selected publications: Russian Sovereign Democracy; 5 Mega Projects of Social Engineering in Russia; Translating the News; Witnessing Unexpected Events; Journeys Around the World and Countries that Border China; Prophecy on Disintegration of the Soviet Union; Russia Discovers Its Self-Identity; Inside the Intelligence and Security Agencies of the Superpowers; China, Russia and USA: Modern-Day Romance of the ree Kingdoms; Rise of Russia; Russia: Forever Catching Up, Forever Overtaking; National Projects of Russia; Russia’s Ideologies; Medvedev: Happy and Not So Happy; Did Obama Reset Relations with Russia?; System of Collective Security for Russia; Will Belorussia Find Happiness Outside Russia?; Russia’s antiterrorist war in Chechnya, etc.