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About EUREN
The EU-Russia Experts Network on Foreign Policy (EUREN) was initiated by the EU Delegation to Russia and the Russian International Affairs Council in 2016 as a new platform for interaction between EU and Russian foreign policy experts and think tanks.
Since 2017, EUREN has been part of the EU-funded Public Diplomacy. EU and Russia project. This project offers a platform for dialogue between Russian and EU selected audiences on a broad range of bilateral and global issues.

EUREN brings together 40 prominent foreign policy experts and think tanks from Russia and EU member states. The members of this core group come from different cities in Russia (Ekaterinburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg) and from many different EU member states (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands). In this current period of political impasse, when there is a lack of mutual understanding between the EU and Russia, EUREN is one of the few remaining platforms where Russian and EU experts openly exchange views and opinions on a regular basis.

EUREN members are experts on Russian foreign policy, international relations, international security and conflicts, European foreign policy and international economics. In their home countries, they carry out research, advise policy makers and contribute to public debates through various publications and national and international media.

EUREN's Mission
EUREN comes together on a quarterly basis to discuss topics which are relevant for both Russia and the EU, from the common but contested neighbourhood to relations with third countries to security and economic issues. Since its inception at the beginning of 2016, 12 meetings have taken place.
The goals of EUREN are threefold:

1. to build trust among leading experts on both sides - at a time when trust between the EU and Russia has become a rare occurrence;

2. to exchange views and learn and understand better how people on the other side see the world - at a time when echo chambers seem more important than listening to one another;

3. to search for common understanding where this is possible and, on that basis, to jointly formulate policy recommendations to political leaders in the EU and Russia.


EUREN engages with officials and political leaders in the EU and Russia. We regularly interact with high level decision makers in different contexts. EUREN meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule and therefore offer space for open and frank exchanges. We also aim to influence public debates in Russia and EU member states through our publications and public events.

EUREN debates are often difficult. They reflect the differences in perspectives, perceptions and narratives that today characterize the relationship between the EU and Russia.

However, EUREN members acknowledge that in times of crisis dialogue is of the essence. Over the past few years they were able to build a trustful relationship which allows them to disagree on many crucial issues and yet focus on others where progress in mutual relations is possible.
"We have initiated this network to create an additional channel of communication between Russian and EU experts on questions such as how can we overcome the current impasse in our relationship but also what are the common challenges to both Russia and the EU, and which are the areas of future cooperation we can identify."
Markus Ederer
European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Riccardo Alcaro
EUREN enables the exchange of knowledge, facilitates mutual understanding, enlarges the network of people interested in keeping the channel of communication between Europe and Russia open, and explores ways to contain tensions and promote cooperation.
Riccardo Alcaro is Research Coordinator and Head of the Global Actors Programme of the Istituto Affari Internazionali. His main area of expertise is transatlantic relations, with a special focus on US and European policies in Europe's surrounding regions. Riccardo has been a visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe of the Brookings Institution in Washington and a fellow of the EU-wide programme European Foreign and Security Policy Studies (EFSPS). He holds a summa-cum-laude Ph.D. from the University of Tübingen. His recent publications include 'Europe and Iran's Nuclear Crisis' (Palgrave Macmillan 2018) and, as editor,' The Liberal Order and its Contestations' (Routledge, 2018) and 'The West and the Global Power Shift' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
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Alexander Aksenenok
Alexander Aksenenok – Ambassador (ret), PhD in Law (political systems, constitutional developments), RIAC Vice-President. Previous positions: Diplomatic service in the MFA and the Embassies of the USSR and then Russia (1965-2002) in the MENA region and Europe, including Ambassador to Algeria (1991-1995), Special Envoy on the Balkans (1995-1998), Ambassador to Slovakia (1998-2002), Adviser to the Chairmen and Managing Director for the projects in the Middle East, Vnesheconombank (2002-2016). Research interests: International relations with the focus on regional politics, transformations in the Arab world, conflict resolution, global and regional security, nation-building and peacekeeping operations, Islamic studies. Publications: Numerous articles in the journal Russia in global affairs, in the books The Middle East, Arab Awakening and Russia: what is ahead? and New international relations: basic trends and challenges for Russia (Russian edition) as well as various newspapers, including Kommersant, Vedomosty, Nezavisimaya, Gazeta etc.

Despite its geographical location, Russia has always been a European country throughout its history and remains so. A great deal of Russia's vital interests is closely connected with Europe. Whatever the problems the EU is going through, the new generation of Russian people aspire to normalize Russia's relations with Europe as an indispensable condition for its sustained economic development in the secured environment.

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Oksana Antonenko
I believe that a frank, strategic and comprehensive dialogue between EU and Russia is essential for mitigating regional and global risks. While such dialogue remains problematic at the official level, informal but frank and honest discussions among experts offer a unique opportunity to improve understanding and generate forward-looking ideas for the policy-makers on both sides.
Oksana Antonenko is a Director at the Global Risk Analysis team at Control Risks Group where she focuses on analysing political, regularity and security risks in Europe and Eurasia for senior decision-makers in the private and public sectors. Her team focuses on Europe, including Russia, Turkey and Central Asia, as well as Africa. In 2016-2017, Oksana was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2011-2016, Oksana was a Senior Political Counsellor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). She advised EBRD's Senior Management and the Board on political trends and governance issues in Russia, Turkey, South Caucasus and Central Europe.

In 1996-2011, Oksana was a Senior Fellow and Programme Director for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She published extensively on regional security topics, including Russia's relations with the EU and NATO, arms control issues, protracted conflicts in Eurasia, energy security and regional cooperation in the Black Sea area. Oksana has degrees from both Harvard University and Moscow State University.
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Steven Blockmans
I joined EUREN in 2017, intent on bringing an independent EU-level perspective on Russia to the discussions and learn more about views from Russia on the EU.
Steven Blockmans is Head of EU foreign policy at the Brussels-based think tank CEPS and Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of 'The Obsolescence of the European Neighbourhood Policy' (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and 'Tough Love: the EU's relations with the Western Balkans' (Asser Press, 2007). He served as rapporteur of Task Forces on More Union in European Defence chaired by Javier Solana (2015) and Regroup and Reform: Towards a More Responsive and Effective European Union (2017). He has (co-)edited more than 15 volumes, including 'The EU's Role in Global Governance' (Oxford University Press, 2013), and a research handbook on 'The EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy' (Edward Elgar, 2018). For more than 20 years, Steven has combined his academic work with contract research carried out for EU and national donors, consultancy activities and training for professionals. He has advised governments of third countries on their relations with the EU and worked on numerous technical assistance projects in wider Europe and Asia. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and a frequent commentator on EU affairs for the international media. Before joining CEPS in 2012, Steven was Head of Research at the Asser Institute, an international law centre based in The Hague. From 2010 to 2014, he was a special visiting professor at the Law Faculty of University of Leuven. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a long-term expert on legal approximation in the framework of an EU-sponsored project in support of the Ministry of European Integration of Albania. He holds a PhD in International Law from Leiden University and a Diploma in Political and Social Sciences from l'Institut d'Études Politiques, Paris.
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Timofei Bordachev
In times of uncertainty and deep misunderstandings, it is more important than ever before to enhance dialogue between European and Russian experts since I strongly believe that not everything in our relations is lost yet.
Timofei Bordachev is currently the Academic Supervisor of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the HSE, Moscow, and Programme Director of the Valdai Club Foundation.

The co-author of more than 400 analytical materials for public authorities of the Russian Federation concerning internal development of the European Union and Russia – EU relations. Аnalytical reviews are being prepared by a working group, comprising representatives of the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (CFDF) and The Institute of Strategic Studies and Analysis (ISSA) and headed by Sergei Karaganov. He is also the author of the book, 'New interventionism and modern peacekeeping' (М, MONF, 1998), the first Russian basic research on the matter.

As a researcher, he specialises in Russian-European relations, the foreign policy of the European Union, public-private relations in Europe, European and international security, Eurasian economic integration, and is the author of academic works published in Russia and abroad.
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Olga Butorina
Russia and the European Union need to renew their partnership if they want Europe to be a pillar of the twenty-first-century world order.
Olga Butorina is Deputy Director for Research at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. She received her Ph.D. from MGIMO-University in Moscow in 1987 and was a fellow at the Institute of Europe in 1989-2003. Research interests include European integration and international finance with a focus on the European Monetary Union. Professor Butorina has founded the Department of European Integration in MGIMO-University and served as Chair from 2003 to 2012. She has advised the Federal Assembly, State Duma, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bank of Russia. Her many contributions to the literature include 'European Integration;' (textbook, ed.), 'International Currencies: The Integration and Competition', chapters and many articles in professional journals.
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David Cadier
David Cadier is a Researcher at the Centre for International Studies (CERI) at Sciences Po, Paris. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Sciences Po's School of International Affairs (PSIA) and an Associate at LSE IDEAS, the foreign policy think tank of the London School of Economics (LSE).

Previously, he was a Teaching Fellow in International Strategy and Diplomacy at the LSE (2012-2015). He has also held visiting positions at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, SAIS Johns Hopkins University, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

In his research, David focuses mainly on EU-Russia relations, Central and Eastern Europe, Foreign Policy Analysis and European security.
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Elena Chernenko
I think networks like EUREN are important because we have so much more in common than things that divide us.
Elena Chernenko is deputy editor on the foreign desk of the 'Kommersant' daily newspaper. Research interests: cybersecurity, arms control and non-proliferation. Has a Ph.D. in History from the Moscow State University. Previous career posts include the radio broadcasting service Voice of Russia, the Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung, the wire service EurActiv and the magazine 'Russian Newsweek'. She is a member of the Executive Board of the PIR Center and member of the Board of the Council on Foreign and Defense Relations (SVOP).
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Maxine David
In the context of the fractious relations between the EU and Russia, it is all the more important that paths of communication remain open. It is a privilege to be part of EUREN, an important conduit for ensuring that the frank and informed dialogue which is necessary for that communication, is facilitated.
Dr Maxine David is a Lecturer in European Politics at Leiden University. She is a Foreign Policy analyst, specialising in Russia's foreign policy relations with the EU and USA and is the regular convenor of a summer school course on International Intervention in Belgrade. She is Editor-in-Chief of 'The Journal of Contemporary European Research' and is currently working as co-editor and contributing author on a volume, 'Handbook on EU-Russia Relations: Structures, Actors, Issues', to be published by Routledge in early 2020. Recent publications include: 'Eclipsed by Russia: Trump's First 100 Days' in Critical Studies on Security; 'US-Russia relations in Obama's second term: a damage limitation exercise' in The Obama Doctrine: A Legacy of Continuity in US Foreign Policy?; 'UK-Russia Relations: Poisoned Chalice or Silver Linings?', in Palgrave Communications.
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Laure Delcour
Dr. Laure Delcour is an associate professor with University Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle and a visiting professor at the College of Europe. Her PhD (Sciences-Po Paris) focused on the formation of the EU-Russia partnership during the 1990s. Her current research interests focus on the diffusion and reception of EU norms and policies as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy, as well as EU-Russia relations and region-building processes in Eurasia. Laure Delcour was previously a scientific coordinator of the EU-FP7 project Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus (CASCADE) and a researcher under EU-H2020 EU-STRAT project). She also acted as deputy director of the French-Russian Centre in Social Sciences in Moscow. She has lectured on EU institutions and decision-making, the European Neighbourhood Policy, EU-Russia relations and Russia's foreign policy (Sciences-Po Paris; Sciences-Po Strasbourg; MGIMO, Moscow (European Institute and French-Russian Master).
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Nicolás de Pedro
The EUREN project allows me to exchange views with Russian colleagues on a regular basis and have a better understanding of their predominant perceptions on issues of mutual interest.
The EU-Russia relationship is harmed by lack of trust, a persistent clash of perceptions and misunderstandings, and to some extent, incompatible views and end-goals (multipolarity based on strength vs. multilateralism based on norms), which makes the need to explore mutual perceptions even more relevant. It is unlikely that the EU and Russia will mutually consider strategic partners anytime soon, but they will remain of mutual strategic importance to each other. Therefore the EUREN will remain a very useful platform for both sides.
Nicolás de Pedro is a Senior Fellow at The Institute for Statecraft in London where he works on issues related to Russia, disinformation and hybrid threats. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Instituto de Política Internacional (IPI) at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid. He is a member of the Experts Pool on Russia at the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) in Helsinki. He has worked as a consultant for the European Parliament, OSIFE, the Club of Madrid, and the European Union-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) project. He was a Research Fellow at CIDOB from 2009 to 2018. Nicolás has also participated in international Electoral Observation Missions of the OSCE in Russia (2011), Kyrgyzstan (2009, 2010), Tajikistan (2010), and Ukraine (2010, 2014). His fieldwork also includes a twenty-four-month stay in Kazakhstan (2005-07) funded by a grant from the Spanish MFA.
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Larisa Deriglazova
No one possesses a monopoly on truth and no one is immune from making mistakes. The dialogue of experts who represent different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, bearing professional and personal biases, is the best. Although it is not yet the easiest way to search for common ground.
Larisa Deriglazova is professor at the Department of World Politics, Head of Centre for European Studies and Head of Master Degree Program on EU Studies at Tomsk State University, Russia. Larisa has extensive experience in both international cooperation and project management with European and USA partners. Her main areas of expertise are international conflicts and European Union studies with a focus on the social aspect. Larisa had a Kennan-Fulbright Fellowship at Wilson Center for International Scholars. She has been Jean Monnet Chair and Head of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Her publications include 'Great Power, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict since 1945' (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); 'Russia and the European Union in Eulerian Circles of "Europe" in Russia in Global Affairs.' 2018. #4. 'How much 'Europeanness' remains in Russia?' in The Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. Vol. 26, No. 1 (2017): 75-97.
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Mark Entin
I became a member of the network because I am sure that relations between Russia and EU countries will inevitably improve and lead to the normalization of international relations as a whole if we all strive for this and continue the dialogue, think together about ways to overcome crises and confrontation, and remain both honest and committed to common ideals.
Head of European Law Chair of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Professor-researcher of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University; Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law; President of the Governing Body of Russian Association of European Studies. 2012 – 2016 – Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Luxembourg; 2005-2012 – Director of the European Studies Institute at the MGIMO-University; 2002-2006 – Director of its Institute of European Law; 1998-2002 – Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the Council of Europe; 1992-1998 - First deputy director of the Directorate of European Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Author of over 400 publications, including 6 volumes book "Seeking for Partnership Relations: Russia and the EU in 2004-2018".
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Sabine Fischer
EUREN has since 2016 evolved into a platform for intense discussion among a diverse group of excellent experts. In times of crisis in political relations this kind of exchange can help to better understand conflicting perspectives, perceptions and approaches. It can produce ideas where officials and decision makers on both sides are constrained by official positions. As a coordinator of the network I enjoy the privilege to work with colleagues from both Russia and the EU to shape our discussions and produce tangible results.
Sabine Fischer is a team leader of the Public Diplomacy. EU and Russia Project in Moscow; within the project she functions as the coordinator of the EU-Russia Expert Network on foreign policy (EUREN). She is also a Senior Fellow (on leave of absence) at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs/Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. From 2012 to 2018 she was the head of the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Research Division at the SWP. From 2007 to 2012 she was a Senior Research Fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies. Previously she worked at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. Sabine's research interests are EU-Russia relations, Russian foreign policy, and unresolved conflicts in the EU's eastern neighbourhood. Her recent publications include "The Donbas Conflict: Opposing Interests and Narratives, Difficult Peace Process" (SWP, 2019); "Conceivable Surprises: Eleven Possible Turns in Russia's Foreign Policy" (with Margarete Klein, SWP 2016) and "Not Frozen! The Unresolved Conflicts over Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh in Light of the Crisis over Ukraine" (SWP, 2016).
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Nikolay Kaveshnikov
I participate in EUREN because of a wish to contribute to better understanding among Russian and European politicians and academicians of mutual interests, modes of thinking and opportunities to improve relations.
Dr. Nikolay Kaveshnikov is Head of the Department of Integration Studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University). He also holds an office of Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of Europe. He is expert of the Russian International Affairs Council and held a Jean Monnet Chair in 2012-2015.

Research interests: institutional development of the European Union, EU external relations and EU-Russia relations, EU energy policy, institutional and political aspects of the development of the Eurasian Economic Union.

He published the book 'Transformation of the Institutional Structure of the European Union' (2010, in Russian). He is co-editor of the textbook, 'European Integration' (2016, in Russian), which is the first comprehensive Russian textbook on European integration for students in international relations and regional studies. With Yuri Matveevsky, he co-authored the textbook, 'European Union: history, institutions, policies' (2017, in Russian).

His recent publications include a chapter in 'The EU Global Strategy: Implications for Russia' (Institute of Europe RAS & Egmont Institute, 2017) and the chapter, 'Forecasting Developments for the European Union' in RIAC forecast (2019).
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Janis Kluge
I am part of the EUREN network, which aims to get a better picture of foreign policy thinking in Russia.
Janis Kluge is a Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, Germany. He holds a PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University. His research focuses on Russia's trade and economic development, domestic affairs and sanctions. Prior to his position at SWP, he was a doctoral fellow at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOIS) in Berlin.
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Rem Korteweg
Clingendael Institute, the Netherlands
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Andrey Kortunov
Andrey Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1979 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1982. He holds a Ph.D. in History. Dr Kortunov completed internships at the Soviet embassies in London and Washington, and at the Permanent Delegation of the USSR to the UN.

In 1982–1995, Dr Kortunov held various positions in the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies, including Deputy Director. He taught at universities around the world, including the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he has led several public organisations involved in higher education, social sciences and social development.

Since 2011, Andrey Kortunov has been the Director General of RIAC. He is a member of expert and supervisory committees and boards of trustees of several Russian and international organisations. His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.
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Petr Kratochvíl
Petr Kratochvíl is a full Professor of International Studies and a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, currently on a long-term research stay at La Sapienza University and the Instituto Affari Internazionali in Rome. His recent works are located at the intersection of religious studies, European integration, the study of Eastern Europe and Russia and critical geopolitics. He is the author of dozens of acclaimed scholarly articles and monographs. His most recent book, entitled "The Catholic Church and the European Union: Political Theology of European Integration", won the Book of the Year Award presented by the REL Section of the International Studies Association (2016).
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Sergey Kulik
Institute for Contemporary Development, Moscow, Russia
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Sarunas Liekis
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
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Kadri Liik
Kadri Liik is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her research focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Baltic region. Before joining ECFR in October 2012, Liik was the Director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Estonia from 2006 until 2011, where she also worked as a senior researcher and director of the Centre's Lennart Meri Conference. Throughout the 1990s, Liik worked as a Moscow correspondent for several Estonian daily papers, including the highest-circulation daily in Estonia, Postimees, Eesti Päevaleht and the Baltic News Service. In 2002, she became the foreign news editor at Postimees. In 2004, she left to become editor-in-chief at the monthly foreign affairs magazine, Diplomaatia, and has also been the host of 'Välismääraja', a current affairs talk show at Raadio Kuku in Tallinn.
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Vladimir Likhachev
Since 2014, Dr. V. Likhachev has been Deputy Director of the Energy Institute of the Higher School of Economics (IE HSE). Since 2017, he has been a leading researcher of the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences - ERI RAS (part-time).

Since 2011, Dr. V. Likhachev has been a Head of the Department (now Assistant Professor) of System Research of Energy Markets (a joint high school training department of Gubkin State University of Oil and Gas and ERI RAS).

Since 2016, Dr. Likhachev has been the Academic Head of the Higher School of Economics (HSE) Master's program, Strategic Management in Fuel and Energy Complex.

Dr. V. Likhachev is a RIAC expert.

Dr. Likhachev is the author of more than 100 articles.
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Gerhard Mangott
Dr. Gerhard Mangott is University Professor in International Relations and Security in the post-Soviet region at the Department of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck Academic Staff at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Before that he was a Senior Research Fellow on East European Affairs at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs in Vienna. Member of the Valdai Club. His main research fields are: Russian and US foreign policy, Strategic Arms control, internationalised violent conflict (e.g. Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq), Non-Proliferation (e.g. Iran and North Korea) and EU energy security. Author of numerous articles and books. Forthcoming: 'U.S.-Russian relations under Trump' (2019), 'Russia and the US as external actors in Syria' (2020). 'Sanctions: objectives, measures, effects and costs. The case studies of Russia, Iran and North Korea' (2021).
In a complex political situation, it is very important to continue the dialogue and discuss the most pressing issues of cooperation between Russia and the EU.
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Nataliya Markushina
Expert of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Identification number 2016-01-4689-5859).

Expert in the Federal register of experts of the scientific and technical sphere (decision of the attestation commission for the accreditation of experts in the Federal Register (dated April 24, 2014, Protocol No. 4).

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A member of the editorial board of AZIMUT RESEARCH: ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT (Russian Science Citation Index, State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles).

Grant of the President of the Russian Federation to support young scientists - Ph.D.'s (Competition - MK-2009) 'The Role of Russia in the" New North "Concept' (MK-3683.2009.6. Area of expertise: 6, Social and Human Sciences) - Project supervisor.

Сounselor to the President of the Russian Association of Baltic Studies.
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Valeri Mikhailenko
Participation in EUREN Program is important for the exchange of views in the field of European research, which is affected by the agenda of the relations between the EU and Russia.
Founder of the Department of Theory and History of International Relations in 1993 and the Faculty of International Relations at the Ural State (Federal) University. Currently, he is a professor, the head of the master's program "Global and Regional Security Policy and Conflict Resolution" and the Jean Monnet Chair "Regionalism and EU Foreign Policy".

He graduated from the Ural State University with a degree in history. Trained at universities in Italy (La Sapienza, Perugia and Florence). Participated in four Tempus programs with the participation of the universities of Florence, Augsburg, Corky, Southampton, Cordoba, in two Erasmus plus programs with the universities of Bergamo and Venice (Ca Foscari).

His research interests are the history of Italian fascism, ideology and social movements, contemporary international relations, theories of regionalism, the external regional policy of the European Union. Among the publications: 'Italian fascism: the main issues of historiography'. Sverdlovsk, 1987; «Idea russa» e nuovo ordine europeo (co-authored by Paolo Ungari). Pisa: Scuola Normale Superiore, 1991; 'The evolution of the administration of Contemporary Italy.' Ekaterinburg, 1998; 'Russia in the new geopolitical space.' Ekaterinburg, 1998; 'Theory of International Relations. Part 1. Philosophical introduction'. Ekaterinburg, 2000; 'Totalitarianism in the twentieth century. Theoretical discourse' (co-authored by T.P. Nesterova). Ekaterinburg, 2000; 'Totalitarianism. Historians dispute' (co-authored by V. Lyubin, T. Nesterova). Ekaterinburg, 2003; 'European policy of the USSR' (1945 - 1953). Ekaterinburg, 2006; '"Parallel Strategy" of Mussolini. Italy in the Versailles system.' T.1. M, 2018; 'Asymmetries integration projects of the XXI century' / [under. ed. V. I. Mikhaylenko]. Ekaterinburg, 2018; European interregionalism in the XXI century. Ekaterinburg, 2019 (in print).
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Arkady Moshes
Arkady Moshes is the Program Director for the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia research program at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (Finland). He received his PhD from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1992). He worked in the Institute of Europe in Moscow from 1988, before moving to Finland in 2002. He was an associate member of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House from 2008 to 2015, has authored a large number of academic and analytical publications and is a frequent media commentator. His recent publications include What has remained of the USSR: Exploring the erosion of the post-Soviet space (eds. with A.Racz), FIIA report 58, February 2019, Ukraine's stalled transformation: A concerning context for the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections, FIIA Briefing Paper 258, April 2019, and Does it make sense to expect a colour revolution in Belarus? PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 485, October 2017. Areas of expertise: Russian-European relations and the domestic and foreign policies of Ukraine and Belarus.
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Katarzyna
Pełczyńska-Nałęcz
Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz is director of the ideaForum think tank at the Stefan Batory Foundation. Her areas of expertise include the political and security situation in Europe, and relations between the EU and Russia. Between 2014 and 2016, she served as ambassador of Poland to the Russian Federation. Previously, Pełczyńska-Nałęcz was Under-secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs dealing with Russia and Eastern Europe. She graduated from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw in 1994, and subsequently worked at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She was a deputy director of the Centre for Eastern Studies and the head of its Russian Department.
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Jana Puglierin
Dr. Jana Puglierin is Head of the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Prior to this, she was a research fellow at the DGAP's Future Forum Berlin, temporarily heading the program from October 2013 until August 2014. Before joining DGAP she was an advisor on disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation at the German Bundestag, where she also worked on matters relating to German, European foreign and security policy. Between 2003 and 2009 she was researcher and lecturer to the chair of political science and contemporary history, as well as in the program for North American studies at the University of Bonn. She is also a board member of the German Atlantic Society and a member of the extended board of Women in International Security (WIIS.de).
Her research interests include European foreign, security, and defense policy, Germany's European policy and transatlantic relations.
For me, EUREN is an important forum for discussion so that dialogue between the EU and Russia can continue, even in difficult times.
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Tatiana Romanova
Dr. Tatiana Romanova has a PhD (St. Petersburg State University 2002), an MA in Politics and Administration (the College of Europe, 2001), and is a Specialist in International Relations (St. Petersburg State University, 2000). She is also an Associate Professor at both St. Petersburg State University and the Higher School of Economics. Jean Monnet Chair (since 2011) and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2015). Her research interests are: EU-Russian economic, legal and political relations, normative competition, soft power/normative power, resilience, legal approximation, sanctions, energy markets and security, Russian foreign policy, EU institutions and decision-making.
I strongly believe that today's relations do not benefit either Russia or the EU/West/Liberal international order. As politicians are now in deadlock, it is for the experts to keep on looking for solutions. It is important to keep the conversation going, as this allows us to understand the positions and constraints of both sides, to critically assess the past and the present, and look for ways of rapprochement.
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Stanislav Secrieru
EUREN gathers under its roof a group of experts with a long-standing interest in EU-Russia relations. I am happy to join it, engage in debates and learn from my colleagues.
As the number of contentious issues in EU-Russia relations have increased since 2014, the frank and regular exchange of views between experts are more necessary now than ever before.
Stanislav joined the EUISS as a Senior Analyst in September 2018, where he covers Russia and the EU's eastern neighbourhood. His research interests focus on EU-Russia relations, Russia's foreign and security policy in the post-Soviet region, protracted conflicts and the EU's relations with the Eastern Partnership (EaP) states. Before joining the EUISS, Stanislav was a Senior Research Fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (2014-2016) and a Policy Analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute in Brussels (2016-2017). He was previously a Research Fellow at the NATO Defence College in Rome (2006), the Institute for European Politics in Berlin (2009-2010) and the New Europe College in Bucharest (2011-2012). He has worked on research projects addressing political and security developments in EU's eastern neighbourhood for the European Council on Foreign Relations (2007-2009) and Freedom House (2012-2013). Stanislav holds a Ph.D. from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest.
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Hanna Smith
Dr. Hanna Smith is the Director of Strategic Planning and Responses at the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. She is an expert on Russia and Eurasia. Her research interests include security studies, international institutions, and regional and Nordic cooperation. Smith's latest publication is 'Military Might as the Basis for the Russian Great Power Identity' (article in 'The Routledge Handbook of Russian Security', ed. Roger Kanet, 2019). Smith has published numerous articles in books, academic journals and newspapers. She has taught courses at the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland. She comments on Russia and international affairs both in Finnish and the international media.
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Andris Spruds
Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia
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Ivan Timofeev
Ivan Timofeev has been a Director of Programs at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) since 2011. He is responsible for the intellectual performance of RIAC, leading a team of 20 full-time experts and covering more than 30 research and educational programs.

His personal background includes research on Euro-Atlantic security, political risks and economic sanctions. He has provided advise on sanctions and political risks for Russian and foreign portfolio investors, private and public companies and banks (Morgan Stanley, Sberbank and Goldman Sachs among them).
Since 2014 Ivan is a part of Valdai International Discussion Club – a community of international experts on foreign affairs and global issues where he has lead programs on Euro-Atlantic affairs and Russia-West relations.

Ivan combines policy research with solid academic career. Since 2006 he has been teaching at MGIMO-University – a leading school on International Relations in Russia. In 2009 he has been elected as an Associate Professor and qualified for this position in 2012, 2015 and 2018. In 2009-2011 Ivan was heading the Center for Analytical Monitoring at MGIMO.

He is an author and co-author of more than 80 publications, issued in Russian and international Academic Press. His works are published in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese. He is a member of board of "Comparative Politics" – an academic journal on Political Science and International Relations.

Ivan is a part of professional communities: he is a full member of RIAC and a member (professor) of the Academy for Military Science.
He holds PhD in Political Science (MGIMO, 2006), MA in Society and Politics (CEU and Lancaster University, 2003) and BA in Sociology (St. Petersburg State University, 2002).

Ivan is a part of EUREN since the very beginning of the project. Together with Sabine Fischer he is an author of "Selective Engagement between the EU and Russia" - the first report of EUREN, published in 2018.
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Sergey Utkin
Why the EUREN? - Because the EU and Russia have to talk and work with each other, even in difficult times.
Since 2016, Sergey Utkin has headed the Strategic Assessment Section at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences. From 2016 till June 2018, he also headed the Foreign and Security Policy Department at the Moscow-based Centre for Strategic Research. In 2012-2016, he worked at the Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences, now merged with IMEMO. In 2006-2013, he worked at IMEMO, where his last position was Head of Section for Political Aspects of European Integration. He holds a Ph.D. in political science (international relations), which he received at IMEMO in 2006 for his thesis on the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. In 2002, he graduated from the Moscow Pedagogical State University, School of History. His research is focused on foreign and security policy of the EU, the EU's relations with Russia and the US, and Russia's foreign policy in the Euro-Atlantic area.
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Carolina Vendil Pallin
Carolina Vendil Pallin works as the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), where she headed the Russia Programme at FOI from 2009–2012 and 2014–2016. She holds a Ph.D. from the LSE. Her previous positions include Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs, where she headed the Research Programme 'Russia and Its Neighbour' (2006–2009) and was Expert Advisor for the Swedish Defence Commission (2012–2013). She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. Her research interests are Russian security policy and military reform, EU-Russia relations, as well as Russian information security, domestic politics and decision making.
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Natalia Viakhireva
Natalia Viakhireva is a program manager at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), where she is responsible for projects on Russia's relations with the EU and United States, and projects on Euro-Atlantic security. Natalia previously worked as a research fellow at the School of Public Administration, Moscow State University, an adviser at the Analysis Department at the Russkiy Mir Foundation, an expert for BRICS National Research Committee, and a copy-editor for Strategy for Russia Journal. She has a PhD in International Relations from the Institute of the U.S. and Canadian Studies of Russian Academy of Science, as well as a degree in World Politics and North American studies from the State Academic University for Humanities' Department of World Politics.
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Ernest Wyciszkiewicz
Ernest Wyciszkiewicz is Director of the Warsaw-based Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (since 2016) - www.cprdip.pl - formerly Deputy Director of the Centre (2011-2016), Head of International Economy and Energy Security Program at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Managing Editor of 'Evropa', the Russian language quarterly on European affairs (2003-2009). Main areas of expertise: the political economy of oil and gas, energy security, energy policies of major oil and gas producers. In particular, Russia and the EU, climate policy, Russian foreign policy and domestic affairs, EU-Russia relations and international sanctions. Tweets at @E_Wyciszkiewicz
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Andrey Zagorsky
Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
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