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