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
Middle East, Arab Awakening and Russia: what is ahead?
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.