Our Board

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 was awarded his doctorate as a student of St Antony’s in 1983 and was an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the college during 1983-86. He returned to St Antony’s in 2011 as University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the International Relations of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia and became Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations in 2014. Professor Allison’s research focuses in particular on the international relations, foreign and security policies of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. His broader interests cover regional conflicts, regionalism, international norms and foreign policy analysis.

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

Timothy J. Colton is the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and the Chair of the Department of Government at Harvard University. His main interests are Russian and post-Soviet government and politics.

Professor Alexander Cooley

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
UC Principal

Alexander Cooley is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, where he is Department Chair. At Columbia University, he is also Deputy Director for Social Sciences Programming at the Harriman Institute, a Doctoral Dissertation Sponsor in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Member of Saltzman Institute for War & Peace Studies, and teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs. Professor Cooley’s research examines how external actors– including international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, and foreign military bases – have influenced the development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Cosima Glahn

Freie Universität Berlin
UC Associate

Ryan Kreider

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
UC Associate

Professor Robert Legvold

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Senior Advisor

Robert Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specialized in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. Dr Legvold's areas of particular interest are the foreign policies of Russia, Ukraine, and the other new states of the former Soviet Union, U.S. relations with the post-Soviet states, and the impact of the post-Soviet region on the international politics of Asia and Europe.

Dr Julie Newton

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

Julie Newton is a Visiting Fellow of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She is also an Associate Professor of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris (AUP). She divides her time between Oxford and Paris, teaching Russian and Soviet politics at Oxford University, and AUP’s Graduate Program in International Affairs.

Dr Alex Pravda

St Antony's College, University of Oxford
Senior Advisor

Dr Alex Pravda is a Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre of St Antony’s College. He received his doctorate as a student of St Antony's in 1972 and returned to the College as a Fellow of the then Russian and East European Centre in 1989. Dr Pravda's research focuses especially on Soviet and post-Soviet Russian foreign policy; he also has an interest in the international dimensions of East European politics.

Alla Rachkov

The Harriman Institute, Columbia University
UC Associate

Professor Dr Klaus Segbers

Freie Universität Berlin
UC Principal

Prof Segbers has served as a Professor of Political Science, International Relations and East European Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) since 1996.  He directs the Center for Global Politics, which offers distance learning Master’s program on global politics, as well as seasonal schools in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Greece and Turkey, and a Graduate School for Global Politics with four prestigious universities in China. His research focuses on globalizing city regions, and other effects of globalization.

Dr Andrey Sushentsov

Moscow State Institute of International Relations
UC Principal

Andrey Sushentsov is an Associate Professor and a political analyst and international relations scholar at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is also a Research Fellow at the Valdai Club Foundation and managing partner with the consulting agency Foreign Policy Analysis Group.

Dr Dmitry Suslov

National Research University - Higher School of Economics
UC Principal

Dmitry Suslov is the Deputy Director for Studies at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the School of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – High School of Economics (since 2006). He is also senior lecturer at the World Politics Department, School of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – High School of Economics; and Research Fellow, Valdai Club Foundation. He is the Deputy Director for Research at the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP) since 2004.

Dr Alexandra Vacroux

Davis Center, Harvard University
UC Associate

Alexandra Vacroux is responsible for overall management and administration of the Davis Center. She works closely with Rawi Abdelal on strategic planning; development;  and network building in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she is the Director of Graduate Studies for the REECA master’s degree program, project manager for the Islam in Eurasia grant, and an active member and coordinator of the Working Group of the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.