Andrey Sushentsov

Andrey Sushentsov


+7 495 225-33-13 (inner 15-53)

Dr. Sushentsov is a Russian political scientist and foreign relations expert specializing in the American studies. In 2005, he graduated from Moscow State University’s Faculty of History with honors. In 2010, he was a full-time postgraduate student at MGIMO, where he defended a thesis on the topic “US political strategy in international conflicts in the 2000s (evidence from the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq” (2011).

In 2004-06, Dr. Sushentsov was employed in the secretariat of the global discussion forum Dialogue of Civilizations. He has been working at MGIMO since 2006, where he focuses on scholarly-analytical, teaching and administrative work. In 2011-12, he was an aide to the First Vice-Rector of MGIMO.

Dr. Sushentsov is the head of the Foreign Policy analytical agency, which he founded in January 2014, and which was reorganized into the agency of Eurasian Strategies in 2018, and it is now a consulting agency within MGIMO.

Since September 2014, he has been the program director of the Valdai Discussion Club.

In October 2018, he was appointed Director of the Institute for International Studies at MGIMO, where he initiated a major program that set its sights on achieving a new level of research, developing public expertise and strengthening the university’s position in international academic ratings (he gave details about the program in interviews in July 2019 and March 2020).

Dr. Sushentsov has significant experience in analytics. He has conducted applied research on US foreign policy, as well as on the conflicts in the Trans-Caucasus, Ukraine and the Near and Middle East. He has carried out analytical tasks for the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Roscosmos and other agencies.

Dr. Sushentsov has been honored with commendations from the Security Council of the Russian Federation (2009) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2019). As part of a team of authors, he has received awards from the Russian Association of Political Scientists for his scientific work (2008) and academic work (2013). He also won awards in the Global Perspectives scientific paper competition held by the Russian International Affairs Council in 2012 and 2013. He was on the long-list for the Social Thinking award for his monograph “America’s Small Wars” (2014).

He has been a visiting researcher and lecturer in leading universities and research centers in the US, UK and Italy, among them Georgetown University (2007), Johns Hopkins University (2008), Luiss Guido Carli (2013), the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2015), Harvard University (2016), Yale University (2017), the Center for the National Interest (2017) and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (2017 and 2018).

Dr. Sushentsov is the leader of and primary contributor to scientific projects supported by government grants, the Russian Science Foundation, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and others.

  • “Psikhologiya mezhdunarodnogo konflikta: natsional’nye modeli konfliktnogo povedeniya” / “The Psychology of International Conflict: National Models of Conflict Behavior (evidence from the Russian Federation)”. Research and Academic Staff of Russian Innovation federal action program (2011-2013).
  • “Tipologiya sovremennykh voenno-politicheskikh soyuzov i modeli otnosheniy Rossii s soyuznikami”/ “Typology of Modern Military-Political Unions and Russia’s Relationship Models with Allies”. Russian Science Foundation (2018-2020).
  • Amerikano-ukrainskie otnosheniya v postsovetskiy period: strategicheskie interesy, motivy, tsennosti” / “American-Ukrainian Relations in the Post-Soviet Period: Strategic Interests, Motives and Goals”. The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (2019).
  • “Transformatsiya sistemy mezhdunarodnyx otnosheniy v kontekste smeny tekhnologicheskogo uklada” / “The Transformation of Systems of International Relations in the Context of Technological Shifts”. Based on a grant from the Russian government for state support in scientific research, as overseen by leading scientists (2018-2020).
  • “Vneshnepoliticheskiy protsess v kontekste izmenyaiushcheisya prirody mezhdunarodnykh konfliktov (na primere SShA” / “Foreign Policy Activity in the Context of the Changing Nature of International Conflicts (e.g. the US)”. The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (2020-2021).
  • “Tsentr mezhdistsiplinarnykh issledovaniy chelovecheskogo potentsiala” / “Center of Interdisciplinary Research of Human Potential”. A program supported by the Russian government to establish and develop world-class scientific centers (2020-2025).
  • “Prinyatie vneshnepoliticheskikh resheniy v SShA v kontekste politicheskogo krizisa v Venesuele na sovremennom etape” / “Making Foreign Policy Decisions in the US in the Context of the Current Political Crisis in Venezuela”. The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (2020-2022).

As a lecturer at MGIMO’s Department of Applied International Analysis, Dr. Sushentsov teaches the courses “Foreign Policy Process and the Formation of Russia’s Foreign Policy” and “Foundations of Russian Foreign Policy” (in English).

Dr. Sushentsov is the author of more than 90 scientific and pedagogical works comprising a gross volume of 120 author’s sheets.

He is a member of the General Council of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, MGIMO’s Scientific Council, the editorial board of Journal of International Analytics, the International Studies Association (US).

Dr. Sushentsov is a participant in the working group on the future of Russian-American relations.

He is a commentator on foreign and international politics for leading Russian and international media outlets, including Pervy Kanal, Rossiya 24, Kommersant, Vedomosti, RBC, Izvestiya, The Hill, Newsweek, National Interest and others.

Dr. Sushentsov is married and has three daughters.



  • Tsivilizatsiya, pritvoryayushchayasya stranoi. Vedushchie zapadnye analitiki o Rossii [A Civilization Pretending to Be a Country: Leading Western Analysts on Russia]. Andrey Sushentsov. EKSMO, 2016, 384 pages. (
  • Rossiya I mir v 2020 godu. Kontury trevozhnogo budushchego [Russia and the World in 2020: The Shape of an Uneasy Future]. Edited by A.O. Bezrukov and A. Sushentsov. EKSMO, 2015, 382 pages. (
  • Malye voiny SShA. Politicheskaya strategiya SShA v konfliktakh v Afganistane i Irake v 2000-2010-kh godakh [America’s Small Wars: US Political Strategy in the Conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 2000s and 2010s]. Editor-in-Chief A.D. Bogaturov. Aspect Press, 2014, 272 pages. (
  • Ocherki politiki SShA v regionalnyx konfliktakh 2000-x godov [Essays on US Policy in the Regional Conflicts of the 2000s]. Editor-in-Chief A.D. Bogaturov. MGIMO, 2014, 264 pages. (

Analytical reports:

  • Utopiya mnogoobraznogo mira: kak prodolzhaetsya istoriya [History, To Be Continued: The Utopia of a Diverse World]. Fyodor Lukyanov, Timofei Bordachev, Ivan Timofeev, Yaroslav Lissovolik and Andrey Sushentsov. Valdai Discussion Club, 13 October 2020, 23 pages (versions in Russian and English).
  • Strategicheskiy prognoz “Mezhdunarodnye ugrozy 2020” [Annual forecast “International Threats 2020]. Andrey Sushentsov. Eurasian Strategies, 18 January 2020, 24 pages. (
  • Soyuzniki Rossii i geopoliticheskiy frontir v Evrazii [Russia’s Allies and the Geopolitical Frontier in Eurasia]. N. Silaev and Andrey Sushentsov. Valdai Discussion Club, June 2017, 20 pages (versions in Russian and English).
  • Pochemu vozmozhna voina mezhdu velikimi derzhavami [What Makes Great Power War Possible]. Michael Kofman and Andrey Sushentsov. Valdai Discussion Club, 29 April 2016, 22 pages (versions in Russian и English).


  • International Studies in an Unpredictable World: Still Avoiding the Difficult Problems? I. Fomin, K. Kokarev, Andrey Sushentsov, W. Wohlforth and others. European Journal of International Relations, 2020 (
  • The Tragedy of US-Russian Relations: NATO Centrality and the Revisionists’ Spiral. Andrey Sushentsov and W.C. Wohlforth. International Politics, 2020, Issue 57. pages 427-450. (
  • The Caucasus in Russian Foreign Policy Strategy. Andrey Sushentsov and N.Ya.Neklyudov. Caucasus Survey, 2020, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pages 127-141 (
  • War of the Future: A View from Russia. M.A.Suchkov, Andrey Sushentsov, A.D.Chekov, A.V.Makarycheva and A.M.Solomentseva. Survival, 2019, Vol. 61, Issue 6, pages 25-48.
  • Kak v more korabli. Rossiya I Ukraina: otkaz ot vzaimnoi zavisimosti / Like Ships Passing in the Night: Russia, Ukraine and the End of Mutual Dependence. Russia in Global Politics, 2016. Vol. 14, No. 2, pages 54-67 (versions in Russian and English).
  • Radicalization of Russians in Ukraine: from ‘accidental’ diaspora to rebel movement. I.D. Loshkarev and Andrey Sushentsov. Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 1, Pages 71-90.
  • Strategiya voennogo prisutstviya SShA v Azii [The Strategy of the US Military Presence in Asia]. Andrey Sushentsov, International Trends, May-August 2012, Volume 10, No. 2 (29), pages 129-133.
  • SShA i volneniya na Arabskom Vostoke [The US and the Turbulence in the Arab East]. Andrey Sushentsov, International Trends, January-April 2011, Volume 9, No. 1 (25), pages 106-111.
  • Tipologiya povedeniya v mezhdunarodnykh konfliktakh. Novatsii 2000-kh godov [Typology of Behavior in International Conflicts: Innovations of the 2000s]. Andrey Sushentsov, International Trends, September-December 2010, Volume 8, No. 3 (24), pages 70-84.
  • Stranovye osobennosti lobbizma v SShA I Yaponii [Country-Specific Characteristics of Lobbying in the US and Japan]. International Trends, May-August 2010, Volume 8, No. 2 (23), pages 100-111.
  • Evolyutsiya politicheskikh prioritetov SShA v Irake [Evolution of US Political Priorities in Iraq]. Andrey Sushentsov, US-Canada: Economics, Politics and Culture, July 2010. No. 7 (487), pages 53-66.