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Professor Rawi Abdelal

Davis Center, Harvard University
UC Principal

Rawi Abdelal is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at Harvard Business School and is the Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His primary expertise is international political economy, and his research focuses on the politics of globalization and the political economy of Eurasia. Professor Abdelal is a faculty associate of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and he serves on the executive committee of the Davis Center.

Professor Roy Allison

St Antony's College, University of Oxford
UC Principal

Professor Roy Allison is a University Consortium Principal, Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations, and Director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the international relations, foreign and security policies of Russia, Ukraine, and the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus. His recent publications focus on Russia and its approach to international rules, law, and norms. These include his book on Russia, the West and International Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2013) or article in International Affairs, 'Russia and the Post-2014 International Legal Order: Revisionism and Realpolitik' (2017).

Sir Rodric Braithwaite

Senior Advisor

Rodric Braithwaite was educated at Bedales, served as a sergeant in military intelligence in Vienna, and studied French and Russian at Cambridge. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1955 and had postings in Jakarta, Warsaw, Moscow, Rome, Brussels (EU) and Washington. He was on the Sherpa team for the G7 Summits (1984-8), ambassador in Moscow (1988-1992), and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Major and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (1992-3). Since 1994, he has been among other things a Governor of the English National Opera, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Music, and Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank. He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford (1972-3) and at the Wilson Center in Washington (2005). He regularly speaks and writes on Russia and other matters.

Professor Timothy Colton

Davis Center, Harvard University
UC Associate

Professor Timothy Colton, a University Consortium Principal, is the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies at Harvard University. He is a past director of Harvard’s Davis Center and a past chair of the Department of Government. His main research interests are Russian and Eurasian government and politics. In 2017, Professor Colton published Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, together with Samuel Charap. In 2016, he published Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know with Oxford University Press.

Professor Alexander Cooley

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
UC Principal

Professor Alexander Cooley, a University Consortium Principal, is the Director of Columbia University´s Harriman Institute and the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College. His research examines how external actors have shaped the development and sovereignty of former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus. His latest major publication, in 2017, is entitled, Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, co-written with John Heathershaw, Yale University Press. His new book on challenges to the US-led liberal international order is entitled Pathways Out of Hegemony, to be published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.

Cosima Glahn

Freie Universität Berlin
UC Associate

Dr Andrey Kortunov

Senior Advisor
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Ryan Kreider

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
UC Associate

Professor Robert Legvold

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Senior Advisor

Professor Robert Legvold, a Senior Advisor of the University Consortium, is the Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus at the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is the former Director of Columbia’s Harriman Institute, and former Director of the international commission, ‘The Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative.’ He is a long-time analyst of Soviet and Russian foreign policy and has written extensively on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, including for the Council of Foreign relations and others. In 2016, he published Return to Cold War with Polity. Currently, he is co-Director of the American Academy of Sciences project, “Meeting the Challenge of the New Nuclear Age.”

Dr Julie Newton

St Antony's College, University of Oxford
UC Principal Investigator

Julie Newton is the University Consortium’s Principal Investigator. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre of St Antony´s College, University of Oxford, an Associate Professor at American University of Paris where she teaches at International Affairs Graduate Program, and an Adjunct Professor of Russian foreign policy at Colorado College. Her research focus includes relations between EU and Russia and Russia-West relations. Her books include Institutions, Ideas, and Leadership in Russian Politics 2010 (Palgrave Macmillan) and Russia, France, and the Idea of Europe 2003 (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr Alex Pravda

St Antony's College, University of Oxford
Senior Advisor

Doctor Alex Pravda, a Senior Advisor to the University Consortium, is Senior Research Fellow in Russian and East European Studies at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford. He is an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony´s College, Oxford. Dr Pravda's research interests focus on Soviet and post-Soviet Russian foreign policy. He is currently writing a study on the transformation of Soviet foreign policy in the perestroika years. He has contributed chapters on that period to two volumes: The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Volume III (eds. Melvyn P.Leffler and Odd Arne Westad, 2010) and Imposing, Maintaining, and Tearing Open the Iron Curtain. The Cold War and East-Central Europe, 1945-1989 (eds. Mark Kramer and Vit Smetana, 2014).

Alla Rachkov

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
UC Associate

Dr Andrey Sushentsov

Moscow State Institute of International Relations
UC Principal

Professor Andrey Sushentsov is a University Consortium Principal, Director of the Institute of International Studies of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and a Program Director of the Valdai Discussion Club. He is interested in Russian and US foreign policies. In 2016, he published a collection of Western texts about Russia to map Western thinking about the country, called Цивилизация, притворяющаяся страной [Civilization, pretending to be a country].

Dmitry Suslov

National Research University - Higher School of Economics
UC Principal

Dmitry Suslov is a University Consortium Principal, Deputy Director of Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, and Senior Lecturer at the School of World Economy and International Affairs at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow (HSE). He is also expert of the Valdai International Discussion Club and Deputy Director for Studies of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy. His research focuses on US foreign policy and Russia’s relations with the US and the EU, as seen in his 2018 article, “Missed Opportunities: Could A US-Russian Dialogue on Asia Pacific Have Prevented the New Cold War?”, and in frequent publications at the Valdai Club. He serves as a consultant to government institutions and private companies on EU-Russia or US-Russia relations.

Dr Alexandra Vacroux

Davis Center, Harvard University
UC Associate

Doctor Alexandra Vacroux is a University Consortium core faculty member, Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. Her scholarly work addresses issues such as the decentralization and recentralization of the Russian state as well as pre-revolutionary Russian history. She has held a variety of scholarly and business positions in the United States and Russia and contributed a chapter entitled “Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past, Looking toward the Future” to a volume published in 2018 with Cambridge University Press.