Head of Research Department, Leibniz Institute Peace Research Institute Frankfurt; Research Professor, National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Among others he is Regional Coordinator for Eurasia of the “Bertelsmann Transformation Index” (BTI) and member of the German-Russian “Petersburg Dialogue”. In 1997 he founded the “Schlangenbad Talks”, an annual German-Russian conference series on foreign and security policy. He was member (2005–2012), and chairman (2007–2011), of the Advisory Board on Civilian Crisis Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building of the German Foreign Ministry.
Recent Publications: Pluraler Frieden – Leitgedanken zu einer neuen Russlandpolitik (co-authored, 2017); Russia's Turn Eastward, China's Turn Westward: Cooperation and Conflict on the New Silk Road (2016); The Future of European Security (2015); More than a Road Bump? The German-Russian Crisis Within the Crisis (2015); The Comparative International Politics of Democracy Promotion (2014), and others.