Faculty and Administration


Dr. Mikhail Troitskiy

Research Designs, Methods and Contexts
Dean of the MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs and Associate Professor of International Relations at MGIMO's Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy of Russia. His areas of expertise include international security, negotiation theory, Russian foreign policy, Russia’s relations with the neighbouring states, the European Union, and the United States.

Troitskiy holds a doctoral degree (Cand.Polit.Sci) in International Relations from the Institute for the USA and Canadian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. Since September 2003 Troitskiy has been teaching history of international relations, international security, and Russian foreign policy courses at MGIMO. In 2007–2009 he served as deputy dean of MGIMO’s School of Political Affairs.

Since January 2005 Troitskiy has been working as a senior fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2009-2015 he was deputy director and the Russia office of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Since 2014 he has taught in European University at St. Petersburg as IMARES Program professor. Troitskiy has also lectured at University of California at San Diego, Universities of San Diego and Louisville, and Institut d’etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Troitskiy has published in Russian and English on international security  and negotiation theory, Russian foreign policy, US-Russia, EU-Russia, and US-Eu relations. He contributed book chapters to Cambridge University Press, Praeger, Johns Hopkins University Press, Woodrow Wilson Center Press, and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). His opinion editorials and commentary have appeared in The International New York Times, The Moscow Times, Vedomosti, and RBC.

Troitskiy is a member of PONARS Eurasia, Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE), International Studies Association (ISA), the Working Group on the Future pf US-Russia Relations, and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He serves on the editorial boards of International Trends andRussian Politics and Law journals and reviews manuscripts for International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, Problems of Post-Communism, and Post-Soviet Affairs.

Anastasia Solomentseva
Deputy Director

Elizaveta Babadjanova
Faculty Coordinator

Ekaterina Sorokova
Students Coordinator

Ksenia Tsutskova
Students Coordinator


Andreas Andrianopoulos
Economic and Political Challenges to the European Union

Born in 1946 in Piraeus Greece, in a family of politicians and founders of one of the major football teams of the country, Olympiacos FC.

He was educated at Athens College, and pursued his higher education in the Schools of Political Science at the University of Athens, and in the UK at the universities of Kent, Cambridge, and Oxford. He also studied Economics and Issues of Peace Research at the University of Oslo, and holds a Diploma of Leadership from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

He has lectured at various institutions in the USA and England (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Wisconsin at Madison, George Washington, LSE), and was a visiting scholar at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. In 1998-99 he was Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC. He holds two honorary PhD degrees, and in November 2003 was appointed Professor of Public Policy in the «Eleftherios Venizelos» Chair at Deree — The American College of Greece.

He has been elected as a member of the Greek Parliament nine times, and has served as Minister of Culture, and Minister of Trade, Industry, Energy, Technology and Mass Communications.

Andreas Andrianopoulos has also been elected Mayor of the City of Piraeus. He has contributed articles to numerous Greek and international journals and newspapers, and has written books on Islam, economic and political liberalization, and energy security. After resigning from Parliament, he held his own TV talk show, and worked professionally as a newspaper commentator and as a consultant on issues of Caspian energy and political risk analysis for countries of the former Soviet Union and South Asia. He recently led a team of international consultants in advising the government of the Russian Federation, under the auspices of the EU, on free competition and the advocacy of liberal market reforms. He also returned to the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, as a South East European Project Scholar working on the topic of Russian energy diplomacy.

He is now the Director of the Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs at Deree — The American College of Greece. He also teaches a course on Effective Communication Campaigns and Risk Analysis at the University of Kaliningrad in the Russian Federation.

He is the author of two historical novels on Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Maria Apanovich

Maria Y. Apanovich graduated from MGIMO University (School of Political Sciences) in 2007. In 2009 graduated from the Double-diploma Master programme «International Relations» MGIMO, Moscow — Free University Berlin, Humbolt University and University of Potsdam. Thesis topic «Migration as a challenge for the European security in the 21st century». In 2013 she defended a Candidate of Science dissertation in Political Sciences, topic «Political aspects of migration process» (adaptation of the migrants, case of Germany and Switzerland).
Maria Apanovich has been teaching at MGIMO since 2013, she is a lecturer at the Department of Demography and Migration Policy since 2017.
Her research interests include Migration and Integration of the Migrants, High-qualified migration and Education.
Her recent publications are: Migration policy of Russia in the conditions of the international political realities / Current problems of the international relations and foreign policy in the 21st century: The monograph / Under the editorship of T.V. Kashirina and V.A. Avatkov — M.: Publishing and trade corporation «Dashkov and To», 2017 — 411 pages, C174-183.; The problem field of modern openness of movement of highly qualified specialists / Theories and a problem of political researches, No. 3, 2016, with 226-242; Educational migration in Russia: development points//Messenger of science and education. — 2015. — No. 9. — Page 79-82.

Nikita Artamonov
Quantitative Methods in Economics

Head of the department of Econometrics and Mathematical methods in Economics (since 2008), Ph.D. in Mathematics (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Associate professor.

Graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University (faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics, diploma cum laude), Ph.D. at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Recent publications and research projects:

  1. Estimate of the Decay Exponent of an Operator Semigroup Associated with a Second-Order Linear Differential Equation, Mathematical Notes, 2012, Vol. 91, No. 5, pp. 731–734.

  2. Exponential Decay of Semigroups for Second-order Non-selfadjoint Linear Differential Equations, Operator Theory: Advances and Applications, 2012, Vol. 220, pp. 1-10.

  3. Introduction to Econometrics, Moscow, MCCME, 2011.

  4. "Practice of Econometrics"4. , co-authored. Published by MGIMO-University, 2010.

  5. Grant of Russian Fondation of Basic Research, project No 11-01-00790.

Attended conferences:

  1. International Congress of Mathematicians 2010, Hayderabad, India.
  2. International workshop on operator theory and applications 2011, University of Sevilla.
  3. International workshop on operator theory and applications 2010, Techische Universitat Berlin.
  4. International workshop on operator theory and applications 2009, CINESTAV, Mexico.

Andrey Baklitskiy
Technology and International Relations

Consultant at PIR Center (since 2017), Moscow. Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (since 2015). Mr. Baklitskiy is a member of a number of track 2 working groups on US-Russia strategic relations.

Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Faculty of the International Relations of the Urals Federal University with a specialist degree in regional studies.

Mr. Baklitskiy has previously served as PIR Center Information Program Director and PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director. He was the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin «Yaderny Kontrol» («Nuclear Control»). He took part in the sessions of the Nonproliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee in 2013-2014 and the Review Conference in 2015.

Andrey Baklitskiy is a columnist for the Russian newspapers RBC and Kommersant and the website of the Carnegie Moscow Center. He is a regular contributor to Russian and international media.

Mr. Baklitskiy taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

His sphere of scientific interest includes international security, emerging technologies, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, US-Russian relations and the Middle East.

Andrey Baykov
Contemporary Global Issues

Dr Andrey Baykov is Vice-President for Graduate and International Programs and Associate Professor of International Affairs at MGIMO University.

He is also the editor-in-chief of Russia’s premier «International Trends» peer reviewed and Scopus Indexed journal, a member of the International Studies Association, a member of the Executive Board of the Russian Political Science Association, as well as Director of the Academic Educational Forum on International Relations, a Russian NGO committed to promoting newest IR methodology and best teaching practices across Russian and the CIS countries.

In 2017 he was elected to the Youth Council on Education and Science Policy of the President of the Russian Federation, which brings together some 30 bright scholars across all disciplines from the whole of Russia in the age range of up 35 years old.

Nikolay Biryukov

Graduate: Moscow State Institute for International Relations (1967-1972)
Postgraduate: Department of Philosophy, Moscow State Institute for International Relations (1974-1977)
Degree: Candidate of Philosophical Sciences (? PhD) from the Institute for Sociological Research, USSR Academy of Sciences (1983)

Principal Publications:
In Russian:
Stanovlenie institutov predstavitel’noy vlasti v sovremennoy Rossii [The Making of Representative Institutions in Contemporary Russia] (with V. Sergeyev), Moscow: Izdatel’skiy servis, 2004. – 543 p.
Osnovy filosofii: Multimediynoe uchebnoe posobie [Fundamentals of Philosophy: Multimedia Manual], Moscow: MGIMO, 2008. – 252 p.
In English:
Russia’s Road to Democracy: Parliament, Communism and Traditional Culture (with V. Sergeyev), Aldershot et al.: Edward Elgar, 1993. – xi + 227 p.
Russian Politics in Transition: Institutional Conflict in a Nascent Democracy (with V. Sergeyev), Aldershot et al.: Ashgate, 1997. – xi + 329 p.

Irina Bolgova
Priorities of Russian Foreign Policy
Russian Foreign Policy


MGIMO-University , Russia 2002-2005

Ph.D., History
Dissertation title: «European Union politics towards South Caucasus and Central Asia»

MGIMO — University , Russia
M.Sc., International Relations 2000-2002

Moscow State University Lomonossov
B.Sc., History 1995-2000

Academic / Teaching Experience

Associate Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2006 to Present

Teach Contemporary International Relations, Russian Foreign Policy
Research Fellow Center for Post-Soviet Studies, MGIMO-University, Moscow, Russia, 2006 to Present

Research and Teaching Interests

International relations
Post-soviet space
Russia — EU relations

Grants and Awards

Research grant on «The Relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union», Chair Interbrew-Baillet Latour, Institut d’études européennes, UCL. Brussels, Belgium. (January — December 2004)

Courses Taught

Russia in global politics
Foundations of Russian Foreign Policy
Russian energy diplomacy
Global trends and transformations


Russian (native)
English (proficient)
French (proficient)


Bolgova I. European Union politics towards South Caucasus and Central Asia: Origins and Development (2008) (in Russian)
Bolgova I. Normative vs pragmatic interest: EU policies in Central Asia // RISA’s Outlook. — 2010/2011.
Spetschinsky L., Bolgova I. V. Post-Soviet or Post-Colonial? The relations between Russia and Georgia after 1991 //ERIS-European Review of International Studies. — 2014. — Т. 1. — №. 3
Istomin I., Bolgova I. Transnistrian strategy in the context of Russian—Ukrainian relations: the rise and failure of ‘dual alignment’ //Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. — 2016. — Т. 16. — №. 1. — С. 169-194

Mark Entin
Human Right
Russia-EU Relations


Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
Law Specialist Diploma with honors (faculty of international Law).

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
Ph.D., Doctorate in International Law
Doctorate thesis on settlement of international disputes.

Council of Europe, Hague Academy of International Law, Gant University
Stages and research ship as invited professor in the European Communities Law and Human Rights Law
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
Post doctorate diploma in International Law
Defended post doctorate master’s thesis «International courts of justice»

Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
Awarding of Full Professor rank in International and European Law

Academic / Teaching Experience
Full Professor, Head of the Department of European law, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2016 to Present
• Teaching International and European law

Invited professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations; Peoples Friendship University, Moscow, Russia, 1980 to 1997
• Teaching International and the European Communities Law

Professional Experience
Head of the Department of European law, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2016 to Present
• General administration and management of teaching and research activities of the Department

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2012 to 2016
Director, European Studies Institute, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2006 to 2012
• General administration and management of teaching and research activities of the Institute

Director, Institute of European Law, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2002 to 2006
• General administration and management of teaching and research activities of the Institute

Deputy Permanent Representative, Representation of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe, Strasburg, France, 1998 to 2002
• Assistance to the legal reforms in the member-countries,
• Monitoring of compliance of the member-states to the standards of the CoE,
• Negotiation of new European conventions and recommendations,
• Approximation of Russian legislation with the CoE requirements

First deputy Director, Directorate of European Cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign affaires, Moscow, Russia, 1994 to 1998
• Co-operation of the Russian Federation with the European Communities and the European Union, WEU, NATO;

First deputy Director, Division on Security and Cooperation in Europe of the Russian Ministry of Foreign affaires, Moscow, Russia, 1992 to 1994
• Accession and membership in the CoE;
• Development of legal instruments of co-operation between the Russian Federation and the European Union, as well as other European and Euro Atlantic organisations;

Head of section, Political Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign affaires, Moscow, Russia, 1991 to 1992
• Compatibility studies and approximation of the Russian legislation and legal practices with European standards

Research fellow, senior and leading research fellow, Research institutes of the Russian Academy of sciences and Ministry of Justice (Institute of system studies, Institute of Russian Law, Institute of world economy and international relations), Moscow, Russia, 1978 to 1991

• Comparative studies in:
- Russian and foreign countries legislation,
- Development of European organisations,
- UN,
International and the European Communities Law

Research and Teaching Interests
• International Human Rights Protection
• Human rights protection under the Law of the European Union
• International Judicial Instances
• EU-Russia Relations

Grants and Awards
• Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary 1st class

Courses Taught
• The European System of Human Rights Protection
• The European System of Human Rights Protection and Russian law
• Russia — EU relations

Professional Affiliations
• Full Professor, Head of the Department of European law, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
• Member of the International Law Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
• Editor-in-chief of the «All Europa.ru» analytic journal
• Member of the editing boards of the Moscow Journal of International Law, «European Studies and Law» journal of the Ukrainian Association of European Studies and Law, «Analytic Notes» of the MGIMO-University Scientific and Coordination Council for International Studies
• Member of the Executive Council of the Russian Association of International Law
• Member of Editing councils of Scientific journals on International and European Law
• Member of the Academic (Scientific and Expert) Council of the Institute of Energy and Finance
• Jean Monnet professor, specialist in Russian and European Legal Systems, the EU-Russia relations, Law of the Council of Europe and the European System of Human Rights Protection
• Member of a number of working groups, Russian and International, dealing with the reform of Russian governmental structures and legal system in accordance with the requirements of the Council of Europe and improvement in Russia-EU relations

Professional Development
Participation in international events:

• 1991-2002 — Took part in a vast range of international events in the framework of the OSCE and the Council of Europe as:
 1991-1992 — Representative of the Russian Federation in the OSCE Committee of Senior Officials
 1992 —Head of the Russian delegation at the preparatory meeting of the OSCE Helsinki follow-up Conference and member of the RF Delegation to the OSCE Helsinki follow-up Conference
 1992-1997 —Russian Federation representative at the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Human Rights, Committee of Experts on National Minorities, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
 1993-1995 —Member of the RF delegation to the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation and the CSCE Permanent Committee (OSCE Permanent Council)
 1998-2002 — Member of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Took part in numerous international conferences:
 2-3 April 2009, International Conference «New Architecture of Security in Europe: Regimes, Mechanisms, Instruments»
 Roundtable: «Treaty on the European Security: Structure, Basic principles, thematic bocks and the Way Forward», 26 February, 2009
 Roundtable: «Russia and the European Union: apprehension of each other», 13 March, 2009, Moscow
 International Conference «New Priorities of Future Strategic Partnership of Russia and the EU» organized in co-operation with European Laboratory of Political Prognoses «Europe 2020» and Forum «Dialog of Civilizations» to encourage discussion of political developments in relation between the Russian Federation and the European Union, 18-19 December 2008
 International Conference «Russia-EU Relations: after the Caucasus Crises» held in co-operation with Bertelsmann Foundation and EU-Russia Forum, 27-28 October 2008
 Expert Meeting on «Russia-EU Sector Dialogs: Co-operation Experience and Perspectives» was held with support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, 13 May 2008
 International and Practical Conference «Election Law and its Enforcement Practices in European Countries» held jointly with Venice Commission for Democracy through Law, 28-29 April 2008.
 International Conference «European and Universal Mechanisms of the Human Rights protection: Old problems and New Horizons, 27-28 March 2008»
 Conference of the Institute of Europe «Russia and Europe: Issues of Identity», 12 March 2008, Moscow
 International Conference «What Shape will Internal and External Policies of the EU Take in Result of the Entering into Force of the Lisbon Treaty», 22 February 2008
 Conference of the European Studies Institute on the Lisbon Treaty, 21 February 2008, Moscow
 Conference «Russia: Part of Europe or Far from Europe», 24 January 2008, Belgium
 Scientific Conference of the Russian University of the Peoples’ Friendship «Topical Issues of the International Law», 11 April 2008, Moscow
 Conference «Constitutional law in the Multicultural World and the European Constitution law», 17-20 April 2008, Italy
 Conference «ЕU-Russia Relations», 27-28 June 2008, Saint-Petersburg
 Conference «Trade Law of the EU», 14-17 May, 2008, Belgium
 International Conference «Complementarity the EU and its Member States in the Field of External Actions and the CFSP and its Influence on Relations between the EC and the Russian Federation» was held within the framework of co-operation projects with the College of Europe (Bruges), EU-Russia Centre (Brussels), number of Russian and Foreign Universities, 28-29 September 2007
 Scientific Seminar «Main Provisions of Future Basic Treaty between Russia and the European Union: Positions of Parties» was held as a part of the project «Russia and Uniting Europe: Co-operation Perspectives», 16 February 2007
 Conference on «EU-Russia Relations: Cooperation and Competition», Moscow, 24 September, 2007
 Meeting of the United Europe Committee, 24 September 2007, Moscow
 Conference «Strategy of the Development of the Russian Federation from 2008», 27 September 2007, Moscow
 International Conference «The EU and Its Member State Powers in the Field of Common Foreign and Security Policy and their Practical Impact on the Relations between Russia and the EU», 28-29 September 2007, Moscow
 Conference «100th Anniversary of the Haag Peace Conference», 8-11 November 2007, Germany
 International Conference «Cooperation of Justice and Police Authorities in Europe», 14 November 2007, Moscow
 Seminar «Russia and the Uniting Europe», 27 November 2007, Moscow
 Conference «Russia and the EU: Political Basics of Cooperation», 17 December 2007, Moscow

• Russian (native)
• English (excellent)
• French (excellent)
• Spanish (good)

I. Monographs and manuals
1. «Seeking for Partnership — III: Russia and the European Union in 2008-2009», Moscow, 2010.
2. «Seeking for Partnership — II: Russia and the European Union in 2006-2008», Moscow, 2009.
3. «Seeking for Partnership — I: Russia and the European Union in 2004-2005», Saint Petersburg.
4. «The Law of the European Union. The protection of Human Rights under the EU Law», in co-authorship, text book, Moscow, 2006
5. «Human rights protection under the Law of the European Union»., text book, MGIMO Publications, Moscow, 2003
6. «Legal foundations of the European Union foreign policy, security and defense», University Publications, Kiev, 2003
7. «Council of Europe experience in the field of Human Rights Protection». Independent Institute of International Law, Moscow, 1997
8. «International Human Rights Protection». International Relations P.H., Moscow, 1994
9. «International Guaranties of Human Rights (Practices of the Council of Europe)». Moscow , 1992
10. «Political theories of development». Science P.H, .Moscow, 1988
11. Court of the European Communities: Judicial Instruments for Supporting West European Integration. Moscow, 1987
12. «The Court of Justice of the European Community». International Relations P.H., Moscow, 1987
13. «International Judicial Instances». International Relations Publishing House, Moscow, 1984
14. Chapters in the 7 volumes manual on Public International Law. Science P.H. Moscow, 1991-1994
15. Chapters in the Encyclopedia of International Law, 1998-1999

II Articles

16. New Horizons of Security Promotion in Euro-Atlantic Region, www.alleuropa.ru (№ 7-8(35), 2009)
17. Perspectives of Evolution of the EC Law and Politics in Post-Crisis Period, www.alleuropa.ru (№ 7-8(35), 2009)
18. Advices on the Image Improvement, www.alleuropa.ru (№ 7-8(35), 2009)
19. Establishment of Indirect Jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over the Resolutions of the UN Security Council, www.alleuropa.ru (№ 9(36), 2009)
20. Barroso’s Election Agenda, www.alleuropa.ru (№ 9(36), 2009)
21. Ireland Says «Yes» (№ 10 (37), 2009)
22. «Future Partnership Agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Union from the Point of View of Business» www.alleropa.ru (№ 6(23), 2008) and in the «Russian Federation in Europe: legal aspects of cooperation between Russia and the European Organizations». Collected works, Moscow, 2008.
23. «The European Union is Ready for the Negotiations with Russia About the Replacement of the PCA» (№ 6(23), 2008) www.alleuropa.ru
24. «The Reform Treaty: today and tomorrow (№ 6(23), 2008) (report at the International Conference „Complementarity of the EU and Its Member States in the Area of External Actions and the Common Foreign and Security Policy; Impact of the CFSP at the Relationships between the EU and the Russian Federation“, MOSCOW, 28-29 September 2007
25. ‘Sector Dialogs between the EU and Russia: experience of cooperation and perspectives», www.alleuropa.ru (№ 5(22), 2008)
26. " Perspectives of the Strengthening of the International and National Human Rights Protection Regimes" www.alleuropa.ru (№ 4(21), 2008)
27. «Constitutional» Basics of the EU International Affairs" www.alleuropa.ru (№ 3(20), 2008)
28. Mechanism of the EU «Head State» www.alleuropa.ru (№ 3(20), 2008)
29. «The European Union in a Mirror of the Public Opinion in Russia» www.alleuropa.ru (№ 3(20), 2008)
30. «New Approach of the European Parliament towards the Co-decision Procedure» www.alleuropa.ru (№ 2(19), 2008)
31. «Post-electoral perspectives of the Relations between Russia and the EU», www.alleuropa.ru (№ 1(18), 2008)
32. «Perspectives of the Strengthening of Positions of Russia in the Council of Europe and improvement of the Image of Russia in Strasbourg», www.alleuropa.ru (№ 12(17), 2007)
33. «Council of Europe and Russia www.alleuropa.ru (№ 10(15), 2007)
34. «State Politics of Human Rights Protection in Russia (draft concept)», www.alleuropa.ru (№ 4(10), 2007)
35. «Dialog of Civilizations» 10-14 October, Greece www.alleuropa.ru (№ 10(15), 2007)
36. «Selected Episodes of the EU History», www.alleuropa.ru (№ 3(9), 2007)
37. «The EU-Russia Relations: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow», www.alleuropa.ru (№ 8-9(14), 2007)
38. «In Support of the Conclusion of the Multifold Strategic Partnership Treaty with the EU» www.alleuropa.ru (№ 8-9(14), 2007) (Report at the meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation on the Russia-EU Relations)
39. «The EU Measures to Consolidate the Internal Security www.alleuropa.ru (№ 8-9(14), 2007) and in Russia and the Uniting Europe: perspectives of cooperation», Moscow, 2007
40. «The 50th Anniversary of the European Communities and the Future of the Cooperation with Russia www.alleuropa.ru (№ 5(11), 2007)
41. «Seeking for Partnership: Russia and the European Union in 2004-2005», Saint Petersburg, 2006
42. «Overhauling and Upgrading the PCA: Political Perspective//Russia, the EU and the Baltic States, Future of Partnership and Cooperation: Interests, Concepts, Implementation, Moscow-Vilnus, 2007.
43. «The Law of the European Union. The protection of Human Rights under the EU Law», in co-authorship, text book, Moscow, 2006
44. «Human rights protection under the Law of the European Union»., text book, MGIMO Publications, Moscow, 2003
45. Prospects of Common Education Area between the EU and Russia.// Bologna process and its significance for Russia. // Integration of Higher Education in Europe, //RECEP, 2005, Moscow, Part III, Ps 57-67
46. Will there be the United States of Europe?// Report, Moscow, «Russia in the United Europe» Committee, 2003, P.8-21
47. Interrelation of Notions of and Views on Supremacy of Law, Pluralistic Democracy and Human Rights// European Law Textbook /Title 18, Chapter III Legal Instruments of Human Rights Protection (experience of the Council of Europe and of the European Community), Moscow, 2005, P.171-177,
48. Genesis of the Modern Views on Human Rights// European Law Textbook /Title 18, Chapter III, Moscow, 2005, P.164-166, High Lights of the European System for Human Rights Protection// Moscow Journal of International Law, № 3 (55) 2004, P. 101-115
49. Human Rights Protection in the EU: Course of Lections // Moscow, MGIMO Press, 2003, 126 P.
50. Presidency in Modern Europe// Report in the International Seminar «Commission for Democracy by Means of Law» / «Evaluation of 15 Years of Constitutionalism in Central and Western Europe», Warsaw, 19-20 November 2004
51. Control over Execution of Supranational Judgments/ European Law Textbook ,Title 20 European System for Human Rights Protection, Chapter III, Moscow, 2005, P.238-247,
52. International Level of Human Rights Protection// European Law Textbook /Title 18, Chapter III, Moscow, 2005, P.184-188, (In print)
53. Legal Instruments of EU Common Foreign Policy // Moscow Journal of International Law, № 4 (52) 2003, P. 86-116
54. Fair Trial under the Law of the Council of Europe and the EU// Constitutional Law: East European Review, № 3 (44), Moscow, 2003, Institute of Law and Public Policy, P. 85-97
55. Beginnings of Common Foreign and Security Policy and Common European Security and Defense Policy: Institutions, Instruments and Main Directions of CFSP// Textbook «Legal Basics of Common Foreign and Security Policy», Kiev, IMB KHY in the name of T.Schevchenko,2004,6-131
56. On the Measures for the Introduction of a Visa-Free Regime between the Russian Federation and the European Union// Visa-Free Regime between the Russian Federation and the European Union: «The Road Map», «Russia in the United Europe» Committee, Moscow, 2004
57. Difficulties in Harmonization of Legislations of the EU and Russian Federation// Debates // Prospects of harmonization of the Russian legislation and the EU legislation: What are the Russia’s concerns? «Russia in the United Europe» Committee, Moscow, 2005
58. We must eradicate the roots of terrorism // Human Rights and Terrorism — Seminar in the Hall of Knights, The Hague, The Netherlands, September 17-18, 2003. / Netherlands Helsinki Committee — December 2003 / P. 20-25.

Articles in English:
2) Facteur positif de coopération entre la Russie et l’UE dans le domaine de l’éducation (№ 4 (32), 2009)
3) Positive Example of Russia-EU Cooperation in the Field of Education (№ 3(31), 2009)
4) European Union as a Leading International Player, www.alleuropa.ru (№ 10(37), 2009)
5) On the Way to effective State // Russian-European trends. M.: Russian- European Centre for Economic Policy, № 4, 2005.
6) Strengthening legal grounds for developing Russian relations with the European Union // Russia-Azerbaijan Magazin for International and Camparative Law, № 1(2) 2005

Francesco Forte
Power and Institutions in World Politics

Consul General

Born in Brindisi, on 12 June 1971, Francesco Forte graduated from classical school in 1990; he graduated from the University of Trieste in international and diplomatic sciences, in 1997; he received a 2nd level Master’s Degree in Public Procurement Management in 2013.

He joined the Italian Diplomatic Career in 1998, with Economic and Trade specialization. Since then, Francesco Forte has served in the Directorate General of Economic Affairs; the Directorate General for the Americas; he has been Deputy Head of the Office of the Undersecretary of State; he served in the Italian Embassy in Washington (2002-2006) and as Deputy Consul General in Jerusalem (2006-2010). Back in Italy, he was appointed Head of the MENA Office in the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (2010-2013). He served in the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels (2013-2017) and from 25 September 2017 he is Consul General in Moscow.
Francesco Forte was promoted to the rank of 1st Counselor on 2 July 2013. He is a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic.

He is a passionate reader of Philosophy, literature, Middle Age History and Poetry. He currently holds reading of Dante’s Divina Commedia in Dom Literatorov in Moscow and has had several cultural and academic activities throughout his career so far.

Divorced, he has 2 children aged 17 and 11.

Natalia Galistcheva
World Economy

Mrs. Natalia V.Galistcheva graduated from MGIMO — University (Faculty of International Economic Relations) in 1996. During 1999 — 2001 she did her postgraduate study in MGIMO — University (Department of World Economy). In 2001 she defended Ph.D. thesis (in Economics) on «The Indian Tax System during Liberal Economic Reforms». In 2013 she defended Doctor of science thesis (in Economics) on «The Indian External Economic Policy during Liberal Economic Reforms».
Mrs. Natalia V.Galistcheva has been working at the World Economy Department (MGIMO) since 2001. Since October 2016 she is Head of World Economy Department (MGIMO).
In 1996-1999 Mrs. Natalia V.Galistcheva worked at The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in India (Mumbai) and 2004-2007 — at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bangladesh (Dhaka).
The sphere of scientific interests of Mrs. Natalia V.Galistcheva are the Economy of the South Asian Countries and the World Economy, its problems and trends.
Her numerous publications on the economy of India and South Asian countries (more than 60 publications) are useful source of knowledge for students and post-graduates. The latest ones are India in the world economy at the turn of the century: international economic ties and external economic policy (Moscow, Buki Vedi, 2013); Perspectives of the Economic Development of South Asia (International Trends. — 2015. — № 3 (42)); The East-Asian Vector of the Indian External Policy: Priorities in the South-East Asia. (Vestnik RUDN. — 2016. — Volume 16. — № 4).

Serghei Golunov
Global Politics of Energy

Serghei V. Golunov is a Doctor of Political Science whose main job is a Read Researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow). He previously worked as a Professor of the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies of Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan), a Research Fellow of the Centre for EU-Russian Studies (University of Tartu, Estonia), a Marie Curie Research Fellow in Durham University (UK), and various positions up to Professor at Volgograd State University.

His research focuses mainly on Russian, post-Soviet, and EU border issues, non-traditional security challenges in the post-Soviet space, conspiracy theorizing in Russia, and malpractices in post-Soviet higher education. He is author of about 190 articles and several monographs including Elephant in the Room: Corruption and Cheating in Russian Universities (Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2014), EU-Russian border security issues: challenges, (mis)perceptions, and responses. (Routledge, 2012) and Russia-Kazakhstan border: security and International cooperation issues (Volgograd State University Press, 2005, in Russian).

Anton Gumenskiy
PR Strategies

Anton Gumenskiy, researcher and lecturer in communication and media theory, media anthropology, international communications, corporate culture and communications, cross-cultural communications.
Graduated from School of Public Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) in 2000. Spent three years in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Trade Representation of the Russian Federation, contributing to the bilateral cooperation and managing media relations. Upon return to Moscow have been working in corporate affairs and in marketing at private sector for few years. Switched to an academic career in 2007. Since then making research, teaching students and training executives in disciplines related to media, communication, and culture. Currently affiliated to the MGIMO University, the Moscow State University, and the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. Participates in international conferences on media, Internet, international relations, social development (Republic of Korea, 2015, USA, 2015, Kazakhstan, 2015, Georgia, 2015, Sweden, 2014, etc.). The spheres of the scientific curiosity are communication and media studies, edia anthropology, and cross-cultural communications.
Recent publications:
A Family Portrait with Strangers. March 2016
Trolls on the March. February 2016
Transparency Illusion. August 2014
By the Law of Jungle. July 2014
You do not exist, if You are not on TV. June 2013
The Mission of the Involved Ones. Internet Era: from Text to Hypertext. Feb. 2013
International Information Governance. in Bogaturov, Aleksey (Ed.) Russia’s International Relations in the New Political Spaces. Space. Polar Circle. Air and Sea Spaces. Global information environment. Moscow: Lenand, 2011
Politics in the Global Information Space. in Baranovskiy, V., Bogaturov, A. (Ed.) Contemporary Global Issues. Moscow: Aspekt-Press, 2010.
International Information Governance. International trends. Volume 8. January-April 2010
Internet and Order. Steering but not Rowing. International trends. Volume 7. January-April 2009

Nicholas Hyder

Nicholas Hyder is a teacher as part of the School of Government and International Affairs at MGIMO, teaching academic and political English. He graduated from University College London with a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature, where his specialisms included contemporary theatre, theory of translation and Russian literature, after graduating from Royal Holloway University in 2014 with a BA in English and Classical Studies.

Igor Istomin
Game-Theoretical Analysis of International Processes

Igor Istomin is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Applied International Political Analysis, MGIMO University. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from this institution as well as undergraduate degree from St. Petersburg State University. Igor Istomin teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in methods of applied analysis of international affairs. He also delivered lectures and presentations in a number of foreign institutions, including among others Georgetown University (USA) and Jilin University (China).
Igor Istomin is an executive editor at the Mezhdunarodnye Protsessy (International Trends) a leading Russian academic journal. He is the author of more than 50 academic publications in Russian and in English on issues of the U.S. foreign policy, relations in Euro-Atlantic space and international security.
Igor Istomin is also an expert of the Russian International Affairs Council and a Foreign Policy Analytical Agency (both in Moscow) as well as a member of International Studies Association and YGLN for Euro-Atlantic Security. He is a contributor to a number of Russian and international outlets (including «Nezavisimaya Gazeta», «Izvestia», European Leadership Network and Valdai Club).

Oleg Ivanov
Public-Private Partnership

Professor, Doctor of Science (Econ.)


Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University).
Work experience
Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the 1st class.
Dr. Ivanov worked in various positions in the central office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions abroad, including Head of Japanese Department, Deputy Director of Department of Economic Cooperation, Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs of the Russian Embassy in Japan, Consul General of the Russian Federation un Osaka (Japan).
Dr. Ivanov was a member of the expert group of the UN Security Council.
He has experience of work in business (Senior Advisor of RUSNANO Corp.)
Dr. Ivanov is the author of 8 monographs, books and textbooks, including «Theory and world practices of public-private partnership» (2016).

Dr. Ivanov nowadays teaches the following courses:

Public-Private Partnership. Basics
Public-private (cross-sectoral) partnership
PPP mechanisms in economic policy of Russia
International practices of PPP projects’ implementation

Georgy Khachidze

Георгий Нугзарович Хачидзе, FCCA, PMP
Закончил Грузинский Технический Университет и Московский Государственный Технический Университет им. Баумана. Является действительным членом международной ассоциации бухгалтеров (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) и обладателем сертификата профессионального управляющего проектами (Project Management Professional).
Более 15 лет, профессиональная деятельность Георгия сконцентрирована на практическом применении научных знаний в области управления финансами.
Длительное время он работал в консультационном бизнесе, включая более 5 лет в Российском отделении компании KPMG — одной из четырех крупнейших и уважаемых аудиторско -консультационных компаний в мире, в качестве лидера в методологии управленческого учета, руководителя масштабных проектов трансформации систем управления крупнейших Российских компаний, а также руководителя группы услуг в области управления финансами (Financial Management Advisory).
В последнее время, работает в нефтесервисной компании, на должности Заместителя Генерального Директора по Экономике и Финансам.
Хачидзе Г.Н. является одним из признанных экспертов, часто выступает на практических конференциях в области планирования, бюджетирования и управления эффективностью, имеет ряд публикаций и интервью в научно-практических изданиях и интернет-ресурсах (газета «Экономика и жизнь», журнал «Мировая Энергетика», CFO-Russia, журнал «Финансовый директор», и др.).

Georgy Khachidze, FCCA, PMP
Graduated from Georgian Technical University and the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. He is a full member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a Project Management Professional certificate.
For more than 15 years, professional work of Georgy is concentrated on the practical application of scientific knowledge in the field of financial management.
For a long time he worked in the consulting business, including more than 5 years in the Russian branch of KPMG — one of the four largest and most respected auditing and consulting companies in the world as a leader in management accounting methodology, the head of large-scale management systems transformation projects of the largest Russian companies, and as the head of the Financial Management Advisory Group.
In recent years, Georgy is working in the oilfield Services Company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Group.
Vkhachidze Georgy is a recognized expert, a frequent speaker at conferences in the field of planning, budgeting and performance management. He has a number of publications and interviews in scientific-practical magazines and online resources (" Economics and Life" newspaper, «World Energy» magazine, CFO- Russia, «Financial Director» magazine et al.).

Anna Kireeva
Conflict and Cooperation in East Asia

Dr. Anna Kireeva holds the positions of Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and African Studies and of Research Fellow at the Center for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), the MFA of Russia. Dr. Kireeva holds B.A. (2008), M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in International Relations and Regional Studies from MGIMO University. Dr. Anna Kireeva focuses on strategies and foreign policy of great powers in East Asia: U.S., China, Japan and Russia as well as India as an emerging power. Her resent research includes China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the U.S. rebalance to Asia and post-pivot policy, Japan’s foreign policy and national security policy transformation, the territorial disputes in the East China and South China Seas, India’s Look East policy as well as Russia’s Asian pivot, especially since it gained momentum after the Ukrainian crisis in 2014.

Ekaterina Koldunova
Area Studies: Europe and Asia

Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova is a Deputy Dean at School of International Relations and Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, the MFA of Russia. She holds a Ph.D. (Cand. Polit. Sc.) in International Relations. She can be reached at e.koldunova@inno.mgimo.ru.

Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova has published in Russian, English, Italian and Chinese on regional transformations, BRICS and global governance, new security threats in East Asia, international relations in the Asia Pacific, Russian foreign policy in the Asia Pacific, political systems of Southeast Asian states, Thailand’s domestic and foreign policy. Her recent books include Security in East Asia: New Challenges (Moscow: Navona, 2010), Socio-political Thought, High Technologies and Science Development in the Major Asian Countries (co-authored with Sergei Lunev, Moscow: Academia, 2015), Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics and Institutions (co-edited with Albert Tzeng and William Richter, Singapore: ISEAS, 2018). She is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Russian Comparative Politics journal.

Ekaterina Koldunova is a member of International Studies Association (ISA), UK Higher Education Academy, Russian National Committee for BRICS studies, European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS), International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Russian National Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).

She speaks Thai, Lao, English, Italian, French, and German.

Christopher Korten
Religion and Politics in Modern Times

Research Designs, Contexts and Methods
World History

Professor Korten was born in the US and studied at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to participating in many international conferences, he has guest lectured at the universities of Hong Kong, Trinity College, Dublin, La Sapienza (Rome), as well as Oxford and Cambridge. He was also visiting professor at Moscow State University (Lomonosov) in the autumn of 2016. Professor Korten formerly taught at the University of Warsaw and, most recently, has been teaching in the department of History at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. He is currently writing a book on diplomacy under Tsar Nicholas I (1825-1855).

Alexey Kozhemyakov
Russia and the West: Political Cultures and Foreign Policy

Alexey Kozhemyakov — Visiting Professor, Ph.D., Dr.of Sc.(Law)

Graduated in 1971 from Moscow Institute (University) of International Relations (MGIMO), LL.M Diploma in International Law. Post-graduate studies in the same University, PhD Diploma in Law in 1977, Diploma of Dr.of Sc. (Law) in 1990. In 1992 Professor of the Chair of Political Science in MGIMO.
Since 1977 Deputy Director of Centre for International Studies in MGIMO, from 1985 in Russian diplomatic service (Diplomatic rank of Counsellor), Counsellor in the Administration of the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev until December 1991.
From 1992 in International Organisations: Special Advisor to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, from 1997 Head of Department in the Secretariat of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (retired in April 2014).
At present Independent analyst in international affairs, Visiting Professor in MGIMO.
Author of some 70 books and articles on legal and political aspects of world politics.

Vadim Kozyulin
Technology and International Relations

Vadim Kozyulin is the Director of the Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project as well as the Asian Security Project with the PIR Center, and the President of the Centre russe d’études politiques (Switzerland). He holds Ph.D. degree from the Academy of Military Science.

Dr. Kozyulin accomplished the Management of Military and Technical Cooperation Program in the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade and defended a thesis on Military Technical Cooperation as a Mechanism of Regional Stability in Central Asia.

Vadim Kozyulin used to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR and later Russia, in the Moscow News Review before joining the PIR Center independent think-tank in 1994.

His research interests are arms control arms control, modern military technologies, armed conflicts, illegal arms trade, international initiatives to combat the illicit arms trade, military and technical cooperation, and security in Central Asia and Afghanistan.
He is the author of more than 300 publications on issues of international security and arms control.

Vadim Kozyulin is a panelist of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems.

Elena A. Kremyanskaya
Russian Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law
Financial Law

Associate Professor of the Constitutional Law Chair, MGIMO ,Phd in Law.
Graduate from MGIMO, Elena made her PhD in the same University. Alumni of the Hague International Law Academy, awarded internship in National School of Administration, France (2013)
• Constitutional Law of Russia;
• Constitutional Law of Foreign Countries;
• Comparative Constitutional Law (in English).
• Comparative Financial Law (in English)
• Compliance: Risk Management in the Modern Company
Member of Advisory Board of the Council of the Federation Committee on Constitutional Legislation, Legal and Judicial Affairs and Civil Society Development.
In the scope of Dr. Kremyanskaya scientific interests are issues of state development, human rights, lobbying, compliance, economic sanctions. Specializes on Constitutional law of North American countries and Russia. Admitted for legal practice in Russia.
Elena A. Kremyanskaya has numerous publications in different Russian and foreign legal magazines, author and co-author of legal study books. Speaks Russian, English.
List of selected recent publications (in English):
• Constitutional Basics of the Parliamentary Activity in the Russian Federation. Pravo i Upravlenie XXI Vek" («Law and Governance XXI Century») Magazine, 2016 #4.
• Elena A. Kremyanskaya, Tamara O. Kuznetsova, Inna A. Rakitskaya. Russian Constitutional Law. / Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.
• A Short Note on the Development of the Criminal Justice System after the Accession of the Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation. New Journal of European Criminal Law. Antwerpen 2014 #2.

Alexei Kuvshinnikov
Strategic Thinking and Forecasting

Current occupation:

Since 2011 — Senior Expert/Team Leader for EU International Cooperation (Bolivia, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru).

Academic/ teaching experience:

  • Since 2014 — Adjunct Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-U) (five courses/98 hours);
  • Since 2016 — Adjunct Professor, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) (2 courses/40 hours).

Research/teaching interests:

  • International security;
  • Drugs and organized crime;
  • Strategic intelligence analysis;
  • Structured analytic techniques.

Courses developed/taught:

  • Foundations of strategic thinking and forecasting of international policy processes
  • Structured techniques for international policy analysis
  • Critical thinking for intelligence analysts
  • Strategic intelligence analysis (Foundations and Advanced)
  • Operational criminal intelligence analysis in counter-narcotics and organized crime investigations


Finance M. A. Webster University, USA, 1991-1995

  • International Journalism, Diploma cum laude MGIMO, USSR, 1976-1981


  • Russian (native)
  • English (proficient)
  • Spanish (proficient)
  • German (intermediate)

Elena Lioznova
Russian History
Elena S. Lioznova is currently working as a Senior lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, the Department of Area Studies. And since September 2015 she has been teaching Russian History at MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs. In 2004 she graduated with regards from Lomonosov Moscow State University, History Faculty, the Department of Modern and Contemporary History. In 2012 she got PhD in History. The thesis: «Ideological controversies in New England Puritanism at the end of the 17th and the first quarter of the 18th centuries». In 2016 Elena was awarded for achievements in teaching and methodological work. The main spheres of experience and scientific interest: Russian History, US History and Culture, the History of the US-Russian relations. Elena is a member of European Early American Studies Association (EEASA) and Russian Society of American Culture Studies (RSACS).
Selected publications:
Volkova E.S. Eating Habits in Colonial New England as a factor of National Identity // II International Symposium: History of Food and Eating Habits. Vol. 2. M. 2016. P. 137-142.
Volkova E.S. «We and the Other» in the history of American Puritanism // Russia and the West: the Dialogue of Cultures. № 8, 2015. URL: http://regionalstudies.ru/journal/homejornal/rubric/2012-11-02-22-13-36/368---q-l—r----q.html
Volkova E.S. Anglican and Puritan churches in colonial New England at the end of the 17th and the beginning of 18th centuries: struggle for spiritual monopoly // Contemporary problems of Religious studies. M. 2014. P. 108-118.
Volkova E.S. New England Puritanism as a historical and areal phenomenon // Russia and the West: the Dialogue of Cultures. № 5, 2014. URL: http://regionalstudies.ru/journal/homejornal/rubric/2012-11-02-22-03-27/317-evolkova.html
Volkova E.S., Khruleva I.Y. Reason and belief: the views of Cotton Mather on the relations between science and religion // Bulletin of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.№ 2, 2012. P. 35-45.
Volkova E. Ideological Struggle in Terms of Financial and Economic Development of the Colony of Massachusetts in the First Quarter of the 18th Century // Bulletin of Moscow University. Series 8. History. 2012. № 2. P. 68-79.

Mikhail Lysenko
International Law


1977 — Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2006 — Ph. D., International Law
Thesis title: «Legal Problems and Prospects for Prohibiting Deployment of Weapons in Outer Space».

Academic / Teaching Experience:

Since 2016 — Associate Professor, International Law Chair, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), Moscow, Russia
2011-2015 — Head of International Relations Chair, National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI), Moscow, Russia

Professional Experience:

1977 — 2008 — service in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation.
2000 — 2004 — Director of International Security and Disarmament Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2004 — 2008 — Ambassador of the Russian Federation to New Zealand.
2008 — 2015 — Director of International Cooperation Department of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation «Rosatom».

Participated in numerous multilateral and bilateral talks on arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, including Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Russian-American agreements on nuclear weapons reductions, events at the UN, IAEA, Conference on Disarmament, international and bilateral summit and ministerial meetings.

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • International Law
  • International Nuclear Law
  • International Outer Space Law
  • International Security, Arms Control and Disarmament

Courses Taught:

  • International Law
  • International Nuclear Law


  • 10th RAMI international Conference, Moscow, 2016


  • Russian (native)
  • English
  • German (basic)


  • Mikhail N. Lysenko. Is the International Nuclear Law a Separate Branch of International Law? // Moscow Journal of International Law, № 4 (104) 2016. Р. 11-20.
  • Mikhail N. Lysenko, Andrey A. Shkarbanov. Problems and Prospects for a Global Nuclear Liability Regime // Nuclear Law in Progress / Rafael M. Manovil (ed.) XXI AIDN / INLA Congress. Buenos Aires. 2014. P. 727 — 730.

Timur Makhmutov
Russia in Global Politics

Ph.D. in Political Science

Graduated from MGIMO-University, School of Political Science, with qualification of Specialist in international relations and political science.

Defended thesis on electoral and unconventional political behavior in contemporary Russia analyzed through the marginalization conception. His research interests include public and expert diplomacy, impact of socio-economic processes on international cooperation, regional specialization is focused mainly on the countries of the Middle East and post-soviet states.

In 2007–2011 worked at MGIMO-University as a Head of HR analysis division and a lecturer at Political Theory Department. For four years conducted courses related to political management, political theory, political psychology and business communications.

In 2011 took a position of Deputy Program Director at Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Member of RIAC Editors Group for reports and working papers.

Author of more than 40 publications including two books («Marginality in Social Transformations» (2003), and «Elections as a Political Census» (2007) published in Russia).

Anton Marushev
General Management

Anton Marushev graduated from MGIMO in 2007 and received MBA degree from INSEAD Business School in 2014. He spent 7 years in different marketing and sales roles at Procter&Gamble in Russia and Switzerland and 3 years as strategy consultant at McKinsey&Company in Europe and Middle East. Over the past 10 years Anton has participated in numerous commercial negotiations, led several corporate negotiation workshops, has been rewarded as one of the top students in INSEAD negotiations course.

Igor Matveev
The Syria Conflict in World Politics

Dr. Igor A. Matveev was born in 1972 in Sochi, Russia. In 1995 he graduated from MGIMO with distinction. In 2003 Matveev defended a doctoral thesis at MGIMO on «Pan-Arabic and National Trends in Syria’s Policy towards the Middle East». In 1993–1994 he visited Syria for the first time as an intern.
In 1998–2008 Matveev served as a Russian diplomat in Syria, Russian MFA in Moscow, and the United States. In 2003 he completed the European Training Course at the Geneva Center for Security Policy in Switzerland.
In 2008–2014 he was Deputy Head of the International Relations Department at the Council of Federation, RF Federal Assembly. From 2014 to October 2017 Matveev served as the Head of Trade and Economic Division — Senior Counselor at the Russian Embassy in Damascus, Syria.
Matveev is fluent in Arabic and English.

Alexander Nikitin
International Security

Director of the MGIMO Center for Euro-Atlantic Security,
Professor of the Political Sciences Department in
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Principal Researcher, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences,
Director of the Center for Political and International Studies,
President Emeritus of the Russian Political Science Association (RPSA) and Chairman of the RPSA International Cooperation Council
Moscow, Russia.

Prof. Nikitin has experience of research and scientific work for 32 years. Born in 1958, graduated from the Moscow State University in 1979. Postgraduate studies and Ph.D. (History of International Relations) in 1983 from the USA and Canada Studies Institute of the Academy of Sciences. Second dissertation (Doctor of Sciences in International Relations) in 2000.
Research work for 10 years (1979-1989) in the USA and Canada Studies Institute (Section Head), then for 28 more years in MGIMO.
Worked in the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations (New York, USA).
Since 1989 till now Dr. Nikitin teaches in the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (Professor of the Department of Political Sciences), as well as at the Moscow State Ujiversity and Higher School of Economics.

For 13 years since 2004 — Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Center specializes in research in the spheres of international security and international relations.

For 28 years since 1989 till present time — Director of the Center for Political and International Studies — non-governmental research institution involved in analytical work, publishing, organization of conferences and research projects.

International Research Fellowship in the NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome (Italy). delivered lecture courses in several American universities, NDC (Rome), Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), worked in New York, London, Rome, Paris, Moscow.

Elected member of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences.

Elected President of the Russian Political Science Association (2004-2008, 1100 members), since 2008 — elected President Emeritus of the Association.
Executive Board member of the Russian Academy of Political Sciences.

Vice-Chairman of the Russian Pugwash Committee of Scientists for International Security and Disarmament, elected member of the International Pugwash Council for 20 years.

Since 2004 — member of the Scientific-Expert Council of the Organization for Collective Security Treaty.
Since 2013 — member of the Scientific Board of the Security Council of Russia.

Since 2005 till 2012 — official external expert of the United Nations, nominated by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Prof. Nikitin directed several institutions, as well as chaired several international expert groups. Prof. Nikitin initiated and authored Model Law on «Parliamentary Control over State Military Organization» which was adopted by the CIS Inter-parliamentary Assembly in 2001, Model law «On Participation of a State in Peace Support Operations», adopted in 2004, and Model law «On Counter-Acting Mercenarism», adopted in 2005. He is key elaborator of the Draft United Nations Convention on Regulating Private Military and Security Companies that he introduced to the UN General assembly in 2012 and that was circulated to the MFAs of 193 countries for further negotiations.

Prof. Nikitin organized more than 50 international scientific and academic projects, conferences and workshops, in Russia as well as abroad. He served as coordinator of several multi-national research projects, including the project on Overview of civil-military relations in the CIS, the project on Comparison of CIS peace-keeping operations with UN peace-keeping, and others.

Prof.Nikitin is the author of seven monographs, chief editor and principal author of 11 collective monographs and author of more than 130 articles and chapters in academic periodicals, journals and books published in Russian, English, French, Korean, Punjab, Spanish, German languages. Prof. Nikitin is an Editor-in-Chief of the collective monographs published in English in Oxford, New York, London, Amsterdam: «Nuclear Doctrines and Strategies» (2009), «Lessons to Be Learned from Non-Proliferation Failures and Successes» (2010), «Tuning Priorities in Nuclear Arms Control and Non-Proliferation» (2009), «International Conflicts: Intervention, Peacekeeping, Settlement» (2017).

Prof. Alexander Nikitin specializes in the following areas:
«International Security», «Conflicts in Eurasia», «Joint Crises response», «Peace Operations of International Organizations», «Private Sector in the Field of Security», «Nuclear Policies», «Nuclear Non-Proliferation» and others.

Contact information: an@inno.mgimo.ru

Yulia Nikitina
International Security
Introduction to International Affairs and Govrenance

Associate Professor of World Politics and Research Fellow at the Center for the Post-Soviet Studies at the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO). She is a specialist of security politics in Eurasia with a focus on regional organizations (Collective Security Treaty Organization, Shanghai Cooperation Organization) and also of Russian approaches to conflict-settlement in Eurasia and beyond. She is the author of the textbook «Introduction in International Relations and World Politics» (in Russian, 4 editions: 2009, 2012, 2014, 2017). In her capacity of a research fellow, she writes analytical reports for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2004.
Her recent publications include:
Nikitina Y. Russia’s Conflict Settlement and Mediation Strategies: Probing the Influence of National Development / Yulia Nikitina // Russia’s Approach to Arms Control, Peace Mediation and National Dialogues. Edited by Perrti Joenniemi. TAPRI Studies in Peace and Conflict Research: 102. — Tampere, 2015. — P. 77-108.
Nikitina Y. Is it all about values? Diverging perceptions of security as reason for NATO-Russia crisis / Yulia Nikitina // UA: Ukraine Analytica, 1 (1), 2015. — PP. 15-23.
Nikitina Y. Measuring the Efficiency of Regional Organizations in Eurasia / Yulia Nikitina // Russian Politics and Law, Volume 54, Issue 5-6, 2016. — PP. 477-493.

Evgeny Nadorshin
Applied Statistics and Introduction to Econometrics

Evgeny Nadorshin holds the position of chief economist of PF Capital. His responsibilities include economic modelling, forecasting, sector and project analysis.
Evgeny began his career in 2002 as a consultant at the Economic Expert Group which has had vast experience in policy consulting for different government bodies. In 2003, he moved to another research organization — the Open Economy Institute.
Starting from 2004, Evgeny spent 6 years working his way at the National Bank «Trust» up from Analyst to Managing Director and chief economist.
In 2010-2011 Evgeny headed the Department of Economic and Strategic Research at Jones Lang LaSalle (the leading international consultancy in the field of real estate).
Prior to joining PF Capital he worked as Managing Director/Chief Economist at AFK «Systema» for more than 3 years and Adviser to the Chairman of the Board/Chief Economist of MTS Bank, Moscow.
Also served as a volunteer economic advisor to the Ministers of Economic Development of Russian Federation for a number of years, and he is a member of Rosstat’s science&methodology and public councils.
Evgeny holds a Master of Economics from the Higher School of Economics and the Erasmus University (the Netherlands).

Nargis Nurulla-Khodzhaeva
Area Studies: Europe and Asia

A Culturologist, an Orientalist and a philosopher, Dr. Nargis T. Nurulla-Khodzhaeva was born and raised in the capital of Tajikistan - Dushanbe, in a family of celebrated cultural figures. Circumstances had it, that Nargis obtained a very international background, speaking fluently in Persian, English, Russian and Tajik and working in places such as Yemen and Sweden. 

Nargis studied History and Philosophy in the Tajik State University named after V.I. Lenin, and her PhD thesis was devoted to gender issues. This subsequently led to great involvements in the “post-structural” efforts to develop feminist theories in Tajikistan. After well received initial success and noteworthy findings, Nargis moved to Moscow and began work on her monographs and doctoral thesis: “Communities in Central Asia”, successfully defending it 2013. 

Her current research interest is Postcolonial development of the Central Asian/Middle Eastern region (recent articles: http://www.vestnik.mgimo.ru/).

Nargis is also a senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow, guest lecturer at Moscow State Institute of International Affairs, amongst other universities globally. She is Vice-President at the International Cultural Z.Shahidi Foundation.

In her free time Nargis is a passionate art collector having gathered works from all over Central Asia and speaker at numerous international conferences.

Igor Okunev
Politics and Security in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Critical Geopolitics

Ph. D. (Cand. Polit. Sc.) in Political Science, Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics

He received his B.A. (Specialist) in Linguistics & Intercultural Communication from St. Petersburg State University and M. A. in History from Manchester University, holds a Ph. D. in Political Science from MGIMO University.

He has been lecturing in Political Geography and Comparative Politics at MGIMO since 2010. Okunev is the author of two books: «Geopolitics of Microstates» and «Capital Cities in a Critical Geopolitics Mirror» and co-author of textbooks «Comparative Politics» and «World Regional Studies» (all in Russian). He is the executive secretary of a journal «Comparative Politics Russia» indexed in Web of Science. In 2014 Russian International Affairs Council recognized him the Best Young Journalist in International Relations.

Okunev has over 70 publications in Russian and English on political geography, geopolitics, federalism studies, and comparative politics.

He is Program Coordinator of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on Geopolitics (IPSA RC-41).

Main publications in English:

Space Imagination and Mixed Identity in Russian Towns Bordering on Finland // Human Geographies. — 2014. — Vol.8, No.2.
A Foreign Policy to Suit the Majority? The New Dimensions of Russia’s Geopolitical Code // Russia in Global Affairs. — 2013. — No.2.

Anton Oleynov
Economics of Politics and International Relations

Doctor of Science in Economics (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) and Professor at the Department of World Economy of the School of International Relations at MGIMO University.

For more than 15 years Prof. Oleynov has taught World Economic Issues, as well as World Energy Issues, and both introductory and intermediate levels of Economics of Politics (Public Choice Theory) and Economics of International Relations (International Economics and International Political Economy) in MGIMO-University, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Russia, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

In recent years Prof. Oleynov participated in development of new educational programs (Bachelor’s Degree Program «International relations: politics, economy, business», The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia, 2010 (Author of Program Conception); Special Master’s Degree Program «Management in the Sphere of Military Cooperation and High Technology» for The Russian Technologies State Corporation, MGIMO, Russia, 2008 (Member of Development Team); Bachelor’s Degree Program «Economic Political Science», MGIMO, Russia, 2007-2008 (Head of Development Team) and others); was a Program Coordinator of Internationa Education Programs (Program in Science, Technology and International Relations, MGIMO — The Neil D. Levin Institute, SUNY, USA, in 2006 and Program in International Relations, MGIMO — Università degli Studi di Messina (UNIME), Italy in 2005-2006); was a member of research teams in research projects financed by Russian Government («The Export of Capital from Russia and the Ways of its Government» and «Methodological Guidelines for the Implementation of PPP Projects in the Russian Federation by Sector (social infrastructure, transport infrastructure, municipal infrastructure)».

Today Prof. Oleynov research interests include International Economics and International Political Economy. Also he has publications in the areas of Economics and World Energy. Prof. Oleynov is author and co-author of a number of monographs («Economic Analysis of International Relations: Theory and Methodology», Kaliningrad: I. Kant Baltic Federal University, 2011; «Leadership and Competition in World System: Russia and USA», Bogaturov A. and T. Shakleina (eds.), Moscow: URSS, 2009; «World Energy: Trends and Perspectives in the Beginning of XXI Century», Moscow: Aspect-Press, 2008 and others) and textbooks ( («Contemporary International Relations», Torkunov A, Malgin A. (eds.), Moscow: Aspect-Press, 2017; «Introduction to Economic Analysis of Political Processes», Moscow: Aspect-Press, 2015; «World Energy Complex», Moscow: NAVONA, 2008 and others).

Maria Pavlova
Russian History

Tim Potier
Advanced Cases in International Law
Poltical and Legal Theory
Origins of Norms in International Politics and Law
Security Issues in International Law

Member of the International Law Department at MGIMO.

Tim Potier has very broad expertise in the field of Law. Apart from over 20 years’ experience teaching and researching Public International Law, he is also an acknowledged expert on Roman Law and Jurisprudence. To date, he has mainly written on post-conflict settlement from a constitutional and international law perspective. He is currently writing a very long textbook on Roman Law. He also has special interest in the theory of the Early Church Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. Tim Potier is originally from the United Kingdom, although he has lived and worked for many years overseas.


(BA programme in Government and International Affairs)

Security Issues in International Law; Cases in International Law; Political and Legal Theory; and, Origins of Norms in International Politics and Law.

Also: Contemporary Problems of International Economic Law on the MA programme in International Economic Law, Department of International Law; and the following short-course: Offshores and Trusts.


2012-2016: Head, School of Law, UCLan Cyprus
2010-2012: Head, Department of Law, University of Nicosia
2002-2010: Deputy Head, Department of Law, University of Nicosia
1999-2002: Head, Department of Law, University of Nicosia.


2009-2013: Research Associate, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University.
2007-2009. Visiting Fellow, Centre of International Studies, Cambridge University.
2006-2007: Honorary University Fellow, School of Law, University of Exeter.


2016-2020: External Examiner at the University of West London within the School of Law and Criminology.


2002-04: Executive Director, European Rim Policy & Investment Council (www.erpic.org).


«The Constitutional Development of Three Post-Conflict Transcaucasian Autonomies», Law Department, University of Keele, awarded 1999.

PhD awarded without the need to make any corrections/improvements/alterations.


(1) «Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A Legal Appraisal», Kluwer Law International, December 2000, 314pp.

(2) «A Functional Cyprus Settlement. The Constitutional Dimension», Verlag Franz Philipp Rutzen (publisher), June 2007, 765pp.

(3) Chapter in text (Publisher: I. B. Tauris), «Reunifying Cyprus — The Annan Plan and Beyond», edited by Andrekos Varnava (University of Melbourne) and Hubert Faustmann (University of Nicosia). Chapter titled. «A Comparative Analysis of the Five Versions of the Annan Plan». March 2009.

(4) «Shaw’s Interpretation of International Law: Theoretical Reflections», with Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Moscow Journal of International Law, 2017, No.4, pp.7-18

(5) «A Referendum to Determine Karabakh’s Status. A Critical Appraisal», Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Volume 32, Issue 2 (July 2012), pp.269-276.

(6) «Association with international personality: Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan», European Yearbook of Minority Issues 2007/8 (May 2010), Volume 7, pp.677-694.

(7) «Nagorno-Karabakh: Ever Closer to a Settlement, Step-by-Step», OSCE Yearbook 2009, Volume 15, pp.201-211.

(8) «Cyprus. Entering Another Stalemate?», Briefing Paper, Chatham House (www. chathamhouse. org. uk), November 2005.

(9) «Roman Law and the Legal World of the Romans by Andrew M. Riggsby», Cambridge Law Journal, Volume 71, Issue 2 (July 2012), pp.446-449.


January 2015 — September 2017: lead op-ed column in The Cyprus Weekly; writing 138 articles for the newspaper.

2001-14: wrote a total of 52 articles for the Cyprus, UK and international press.


Member of the Editorial Board of the Moscow Journal of International Law.


A recommended expert for the Council of Europe on minority rights (2001-2002).


January 2003 — April 2005: worked very closely behind-the-scenes with the senior leadership of all political parties in Cyprus, with the aim of facilitating efforts to finding a lasting settlement on the island.

Roman Reinhardt
International Organizations
History, Theory and Practice of Diplomacy

Dr. Roman O. Reinhardt graduated with honors from the MGIMO University in 2014 majoring in International Economic Relations. In 2016, he obtained his Ph. D. in World Economy with the thesis «Comparative Analysis of Economic Diplomacy Systems in EU Countries».

Dr. Reinhardt began his academic and teaching career as Lecturer at the Department for Diplomatic Studies of the MGIMO-University in 2015 and became Senior Lecturer in 2017. Since 2015, he has been teaching the following courses: Consular Service, Diplomatic and Consular Law, Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette, History and Theory of Diplomacy, History of Russian Diplomacy, International Organizations.

Dr. Reinhardt has published over 40 articles in Russian and foreign scientific journals, two monographs and one tutorial. His main research interests are world economy and international relations, economic diplomacy, risk management.

Dr. Reinhardt speaks Russian and German (native speaker), as well as English, French and Italian (proficiency level).

Main publications in English:

Zonova T., Reinhardt R. Main vectors of Russia’s foreign policy (1991-2014) // Rivista di studi politici internazionali. 2014. Vol. 87. № 4. P.501-516.
Reinhardt R. The Diversity of Moscow and Its Position on the World Arena // The New Role of Megalopolis in the World Economy (on the Example of Moscow). Collection of Research Papers in English. Moscow: MGIMO-University, 2012. P. 71-75.

Ekaterina Romanova
World History

Associate Professor of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Her fields of interest are international relations history in 1815–1945, World War I, British foreign policy before 1945 and IR theory with a focus on the problems of international systems’ stability and transformation.

She is a graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University and in 2000 received her PhD there. In 2001–2002 she was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University.

She is the author of «Put’ k voine: Razvitie anglo-germanskogo konflikta, 1898–1914» («Road to war: Evolution of Anglo-German conflict in 1898–1914») (Moscow, 2008), chapters on international stability and the role of public opinion in foreign policy formation in «Osnovy obshhej teorii mezhdunarodnykh otnoshenij» ("Foundations of the General Theory of International Relations«)(Moscow, 2009), co-author of «Istoriya vneshnej politiki Velikobritanii» («History of British Foreign Policy») (Moscow, 2016), co-author and co-editor of «Pervaya mirovaya vojna i sud’by evropejskoj tsivilizatsii» («First World War and the Destiny of European Civilization») (Moscow, 2014). She has written over 40 scholarly articles.

Her courses include Modern History of Western Europe and America, IR history, British foreign policy (late XIX century — 1945), Origins of the First World War. She teaches courses on world history and IR history at MGIMO-University.

Aaron Sander
Contemporary Global Issues

Foreign Policy Analysis

Aaron Sander holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, and a doctoral degree in international studies from Old Dominion University. While visiting at MGIMO, he is instructing courses on contemporary global issues, foreign policy analysis, as well as English language classes. His research interests include U.S. and Russian foreign policies, Eurasian relations, Central Eastern Europe and European integration.

Sander, «Scrutinising European Cohesion: Prospects for European Flexibility, and of Hedging in Central Eastern Europe,» (under review).

Sander and Tasawar Baig, «Deconstructing Global Fault Lines: Investigating Fissures of Globalization and the Clash Between Cultures,» Air and Space Power Journal — Africa and Francophonie (December 2014).

Sander, «Who Won the 2008 Caucasus Skirmish, Ramifications of the Russo-Georgian War» in Robert Potocki’s , et al, Caucasus Conflict in 2008 (Warsaw: European Centre for Geopolitical Analysis, 2012).

Sander, «The Enemy of my Enemy,» Russia Profile (August 21, 2007).

Sander, «Great Power Rivalry: Destabilization in the Caucasus,» Russia Profile (December 5, 2006).

Oleg Shakirov
Technology and International Relations

Oleg Shakirov is an Expert on Foreign Policy and Security at the Center for Strategic Research. His research interests include European security issues, conventional arms control, and the evolution of diplomacy in the digital age. He is a consultant at PIR Center and a member of the Younger Generation Leaders Network. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and previously studied International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the South Ural State University.

Anna Shashkova
Comparative Civil Law

Company Law
Financial Law

Graduated with distinction from Moscow State University for International Relations (MGIMO). Awarded with the premium of Ibero-American center of MGIMO, awarded with MGIMO rector’s grant on the law course in a foreign language, is All-Russia Competition Laureate for the best scientific book 2011, 2013, I International Competition Laureate for the best educational book «Classics of Education» 2016.

Has been practicing law for more than 19 years. Since 1999 admitted to the Moscow Region Bar Association. Successful participation in more than 80 arbitration, 150 civil and 10 criminal successful cases, full legal support for legal entities: more than 1000 contracts and orders with different subject-matters drafted.

At present is a senior lecturer, docent of MGIMO, Academic Supervisor of MBA «Corporate Director», «Human Relations» in MGIMO Sсhool of Business and International Profociency. Since 2003 has lectured in English on Russian Corporate and Business Law (ACCA (F4)), Accountant in Business (АССА (F1)).

Serves as Honorary Consul for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Moscow.

Is an author of 19 books on Russian Business Law, co-author of 2 books on Russian Corporate & Business Law. Published books Russian Business Law, Russian Corporate Law (in English). Has numerous publications in Russian & foreign periodicals, such as «Lawyer», «President Control», «Rossiyskaya Ustitsya», etc.

Recent Publications in English: Russian Specifics in Combating Corruption (2015), Study Manual on Bases of Russian Law (2015), Paper F4. Corporate and Business Law (Russia). For Exams in 2016. Study Manual (2016).

Marina Simonova

Doctor of Economics and Professor of Department of Accounting, Statistics and Auditing at MGIMO University. She is Elected Member of International Statistical Institute, Delegate of the OECD Working Party on Globalization of Industry (WPGI), and Member of the Club of the Russian Academy of Science. In 2002, she received an honor on the occasion of the 200 years’ anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Member of the MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs Advisory Council.
At MGIMO Professor Simonova teaches the following courses for graduate and undergraduate students: Theory of Statistics, Descriptive Statistics, Economic Statistics, System of National Accounts, Statistics of Foreign Trade, Business Statistics, International Standards of Economiс Statistics, Financial Market’ Indicators in SNA.
Н-index: 9.
Latest studies:
Monograph «Energy markets globalization analysis», MGIMO-University Publishing. 2016.
2 researches — Analysis of the current state of the global renewable energy, MGIMO-Review of international Relations. 2016.
— The basis of the analysis of global trends in the world energy, Russian foreign economic journal. 2016.
16 studies in editions recommended by Higher Attestation Commission (HAC) of MES of Russia, 5 academic researches, 80 scientific articles, and 12 textbooks, two of which are recommended for higher education institutions as primary literature by the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia.

Vasiliy Starostin
Introduction to Marketing

Vasiliy Starostin is Associate Professor of Marketing and Head of Advertising and PR department at the Institute of Marketing, State University of Management, Moscow, Russia.

His professional interests lie in a field of personalised marketing communications, brand management and one-to-one marketing. Vasiliy Starostin is author and co-author of more than 25 publications: books and articles across a range of modern marketing and advertising topics. He has business experience in marketing for consumer products and services as well as for B2B projects. Recently Prof. Starostin has supervised a broad students’ research project in a field of Big Data for university marketing.

Vasiliy Starostin works as an international lecturer in universities in the Netherlands, UAE and Japan.

Ekaterina Stepanova
Armed Conflicts in the 21st Century

Lead researcher and Head of Peace and Conflict Studies Unit, Primakov National Research Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO). She is a Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Professor. She lectures in English at Social Sciences Institute, Russian Academy of National Economy & Public Administration and European University in Saint-Petersburg. She authored 180 publications on armed conflicts, terrorism, conflict management, peace-building, ideological/religious extremism, human security, and political economy of conflicts, including «Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict» (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her 2016 publications include a chapter on Russia in The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect and articles in «Politique etrangere» (France) and «Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society» (Vienna University). She serves on editorial boards of «Global Governance», «Terrorism and Political Violence» and «International Journal of Conflict and Violence» and is a member of Global Peace Index expert panel. In 2007-2009, she led the Armed Conflicts and Conflict Management Program at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Mikhail Stolbov
Economic Theory

Professor of Economics at MGIMO—University, Department of Applied Economics. His research focuses on financial macroeconomics, in particular, on the investigation of causal linkages between financial and macroeconomic indicators, systemic risk and determinants of financial crises. He is also keen on the problems related to applied industrial organization. Dr. Stolbov regularly publishes articles in Russian and international peer-reviewed journals and has been involved as a senior researcher in a number of projects under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, the Central Bank and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation.

Recent papers
Mikhail Stolbov, 2016. «Causality between Sovereign, Quasi-sovereign Credit Risks and Global Volatility: the Case of Russia», Journal of Eurasian Studies, Elsevier, vol. 7(1), 71— 84. (in English).
Mikhail Stolbov, 2017. «Assessing Systemic Risk and Its Determinants for Advanced and Major Emerging Economies: the Case of ΔCoVaR», International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 14(1), pp. 119–152 (in English).

Irina Strelets
Economic Theory

Marina Strezhneva
Area Studies: Europe and Asia

Dr. Marina Strezhneva is Head of Sector at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow, and Professor of Integration Processes Department of MGIMO, where she teaches courses on EU and International Relations. Her academic interests include processes of decision-making and modes of governance, both in the European Union and at the global level.
Strezhneva has worked on political issues of European integration since the end of 1970s. Her research has led to both theoretical and practical advances in the study of the European Union’s polity, policy and global role. Her 1988 book, «Great Britain and Western Europe: Political Aspects» (in Russ.), analyzed the period before and after British accession to the Common Market. The 1999 book, «Social Culture and Regional Governance: Comparison of the European Union and Post-Soviet Experiences (in Eng.), addressed the problems of regional institutions’ building in comparative perspective. In «European Union: Architecture of Foreign Policy» (2016 in Russ.), Strezhneva and Rudenkova exposed specific modes of EU policy in the international arena. In «European Union in Global Economic Governance» (2017 in Russ.) Strezhneva and her IMEMO colleagues elaborated a synthetic concept of global governance, based on the organization theory and field theories.

Vladlena Tikhova
Russian History

Ph.D. in International Relations
Mrs. VladlenaTikhova graduated from MGIMO-University (Faculty of International Relations) in 2000. In 2006 she defended Ph.D. thesis in MGIMO-University (in History of International Relations and Foreign Policy) on «Formation of Common and Security Policy in the European Union (1992-2004)».
Vladlena Tikhova is Associate Professor at the Department of World and Russian History.
Courses taught by Vladlena Tikhova: Ethnic-Political History of Russia, State and Security modern Russia, Russian History, Russian History (in English).
The sphere of scientific interests of Vladlena Tikhova are History of Russia, ethnic-political history of Russia, national security of Russia, international relations, European Union.
The latest publications in history and international relations are Regulation of the Foreign Policy of the European Union: from Maastricht to Lisbon (Moscow, Law and Government in the XXIst century, 2015. — № 3 (36); Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation: main challenges and threats (Samara, 2016).

Vasily Tkachev
International Finance

Anna Tsibulina
The Politics of International Monetary Integration

Associate Professor
Department of Integration Studies

Education: Ph.D in Economics, Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Specialist Degree with honors in International Monetary Relations, MGIMO University.
Anna Tsibulina joined the Department of European Integration (now Department of Integration Processes) in 2004 as a postgraduate student after graduating from the MGIMO University the same year and then in 2007 as a lecturer. 
She was on a research fellowship at the Chair of EU — Russia relations at the Catholic University of Leuven (Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium) in 2006–07 and also attended a number of training programmes on the activities of the EU at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), the Academy of European Law (Trier, Germany) and the Vienna Diplomatic Academy (Vienna, Austria). She has published on developments in the euro area, economic transformation in the CEE countries, the EU Single Market.

Courses taught:

  • Integration processes in the Global World
  • EU-Russia Relations
  • Eurasian Integration
  • Financial and Energy Infrastructure of the World Economy
  • Economic Integration and External Economic Activity
  • Economy of the CEE countries

Research interests: Economic and Monetary Union, euro area, euro area economic governance, European Central Bank, monetary integration, economy of the CEE countries, the EU Single Market, global economic governance.
Her recent publications include:

2017 “Finance” co-authored with Strezhneva M. in European Union in Global Economic Governance, ed. by Strezhneva M., Moscow: IMEMO RAN. P.66-127 (in Russian)
2016 “Credit Rating Agencies in Global Economic Governance” in International Trends. Volume 14. No. 3 (46). July-September. P.143-150 (in Russian)
2015 “The Economic Component of the Ukrainian Crisis” in “The Ukrainian Challenge for Russia”,  Markedonov S.,  Gushin A. Working Paper №24/2015, Russian Council for Foreign Relations, P. 7-12. (in English and Russian)
2014 “Integration of Central and Eastern European and the Euro-Area Financial Markets: Repercussions from the Global Financial Crisis” co-authored with Orlowski L. T. in Comparative Economic Studies, No. 56 - P.376-395 (in English)

Anastasia Uryupina
Economic Theory


Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia
2006-2009 — Ph.D., Economics
Dissertation title: «Anti-inflationary policy in the context of post-socialist transformations »

Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia
— 2004-2006 — M.Sc., Economics
2000-2004 — B.Sc., Economics

Academic / Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2012 to Present
  • Teach Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Economic History of Russia, Economic History of Foreign Countries

Senior Lecturer, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2011

  • Teach Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Economic History of Russia

    Assistant Lecturer, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Moscow, Russia, 2007 to 2011

    • Teach Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Economic History of Russia

      Professional Experience (if different from academic/teaching experience)

      • Senior Adviser, Trade Representation of Russia in Switzerland, Bern, Switzerland, 2011 to 2012

        Research and Teaching Interests

        • Inflation, anti-inflationary policy, macroeconomic regulation
        • Economic history

          Courses Taught

          • Microeconomics
          • Macroeconomics
          • Economic History of Russia
          • Economic History of Foreign Countries

          Professional Development


          • International conference «Lomonosov reading» (Moscow State University, 2007, 2008)
          • International conference at MGIMO-University (2008)
          • House of Scientists (Russian Academy of Sciences, 2010)
          • 2010 Youth International Economic Forum (YIEF) held in St. Petersburg
          • 2010 I.S.E.O summerschool (Lectures with Nobel Laureates for Economics, President Professor Robert Solow)


          • Russian (native)
          • English (proficient)
          • French (advanced)
          • German (advanced)
          • Italian (basic)


          • Monograph «Inflation and anti-inflationary policy» Moscow: MAKS Press, 2009
          • Articles in «Herald of the MGIMO-University», «Russian Foreign Economic Reporter», «Banking Services»/li>

Anna Veretevskaya
Introduction to Political Science
Comparative Politics
Contemporary Russian Politics

Assistant professor at the Comparative Politics Department of MGIMO-University (Moscow, Russia). She holds a Ph. D. (Cand. Polit. Sc.) in Political Sciences from MGIMO, a dual Masters degree in International Relations and International Business (Finance and Strategy) from MGIMO and Sciences Po, Paris and a BA in Political Science (Hons.) from MGIMO University.

She is a published author with her main scientific interest lying in the field of political integration of human societies, political evolution and world political dynamics. Her current research mainly focuses on the political integration of modern culturally diverse societies.

Earlier in her career Ms. Veretevskaya held a managerial position at the Moscow State University Business School (as Head of the International Projects Office). Before taking up the assistant professor position at MGIMO, she taught at Russian State University of Humanities (RSUH). She collaborates with her colleagues from RSUH on a project basis.

Courses taught at MGIMO University: Basics of Political Science (in English), Political Science, History of Politics, Comparative Politics (English and Russian), Political Analysis and Forecasting, Modern Concepts of Science, Public Diplomacy, World Political Dynamics and Development Management.

Ms. Veretevskaya is a member of the Russian Political Science Association.

Languages: Russian, English, French, German, Italian.

Contact: a.veretevskaya@inno.mgimo.ru

Andrey Zagorski
Contemporary International Relations
History of International Relations

Prof. Andrei Zagorski is Head of Department at the Evgeniy Primakov National Research Institute of Word Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences, and Professor at the Department of IR History of the MGIMO University. He is a member of the Russian International Affairs Council; Steering Committee of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions.
Previously, he has served as Vice-Rector of the MGIMO University; Senior Vice President of the EastWest Institute, Faculty Member of the Geneva Center for Security Policy and Deputy Director of the Institute for Applied International Research, Moscow.
His areas of expertise include: European security, post-Soviet studies, arms control, Arctic studies, applied policy analysis. His recent publications include, inter alia:

  • Russia—EU Relations at a Crossroads. Common and Divergent Interests, Moscow: RIAC, 2016;
  • “Russia’s Arctic governance policies”, // The New Arctic Governance / L. Jacobson, N. Melvin (eds): SIPRI, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 76–110;
  • Russia and East Central Europe After the Cold War: A Fundamentally Transformed Relationship / A. Zagorski (ed.), Prague: Human Rights Publishers, 2015.

Anton Zakharov

Dr. Anton O. Zakharov is Leading Research Fellow of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Head of Department of Area Studies and International Relations in the Oriental University, Moscow.

Anton O. Zakharov’s research interests are the state formation in early Southeast Asia and in the Ancient World as well as theory of historical knowledge and Russian history. He also conducts research in classical Sanskrit literature.

Anton O. Zakharov extensively publishes in Russian and international journals. He is the author of five monographs, History of Ancient Orient: a Textbook (Moscow: Oriental University, 2016, in Russian) and Political History of Central Vietnam in the Second — Eighth Centuries: Linyi and Campā (Moscow: Oriental University, 2015) among them. He obtained his Habilitation or Doctor of Historical Sciences degree from the Institute of Oriental Studies in 2013.

Anton O. Zakharov is Representative of Russian Federation in the Board of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) since 2010. He also is Member of Russian Oriental Society.

Recent English-language publications:
• Review of: Pierre-Yves Manguin, A. Mani and Geoff Wade (eds.), Early Interactions between South and Southeast Asia: Reflections on Cross-Cultural Exchange. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2011, xxxi + 514 pp. [Nalanda-Sriwijaya Series.] ISBN 9789814345101, price USD 49.90 (paperback); 9789814311168, USD 59.90 (hardback). [India Hardcover Edition co-published with Manohar Publishers and Distributors, India.] // Aséanie 33, juin 2014 [published December 2016], pp. 509–511.
• Review of: Carey, Peter, Destiny: The Life of Prince Diponegoro of Yogyakarta, 1785–1855, Bern: Peter Lang, 2014. xlix, 381 pp., ill. // Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. Vol. 88, pt. 1, June 2015. P. 120–123.

Tigran Zanko
Comparative Public Administration

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Administrative and Financial Law
Tigran Zanko specializes in spheres of Administrative Law, Comparative Public Administration, Legal regulation of Civil Service and Diplomatic Service. Fields of professional interests: comparative analysis of administrative reforms, especially reasoning for changes in executive branch.
Recent Publications:
Analysis of changes in the system and structure of federal executive authorities (2004 — 2016) / Administrative and municipal law [Административное и муниципальноеправо]. — 2016. —№ 8. — P. 636–639
Features of reorganization of the system and structure of Federal Executive authorities of the USA / Public and private law [Публичное и частное право]. — 2016. — № 4. — P. 194-202

Elena Zavyalova
Russian Economy

Head of the Department of Economic Policy and Public-Private Partnership
PhD in Economics

• 1997 — Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) with a degree in international relations. Diploma with honors.
• 2001 — Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), PhD in Economics (Thesis «International technical assistance to the Russian Federation (1991–2002).»)

Academic career
• MGIMO, lecturer at the English Language Department № 1;
• MGIMO, lecturer at the World Economy Department;
• MGIMO, a senior lecturer at the World Economy Department;
• MGIMO, associate Professor at the World Economy Department;
• MGIMO, deputy director of the Institute of Foreign Economic Relations;
• MGIMO, deputy Dean of the Faculty of International Economic Relations;
• MGIMO, head of the Department of Economic policy and Public-private partnerships.
• The Council Of The Federation Of The Federal Assembly Of The Russian Federation, Certificate of Honor
• Reward «200 anniversary of the Ministry of the foreign Affairs»
• MGIMO Alumni Award «The lecturer of the Year», 2007

Professional interests
The Russian economy, the economy of the post-Soviet region, national economic security, economic policy, public-private partnerships, corporate social responsibility and international development assistance.

Scientific activities
• participated in the program of the World Bank — «Russia as a donor» (2009–2012).
• co-author of three Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation researches (2012, 2013, 2014)
• gave a course of lectures in Shandong University (China), 2011
• lectures in Beijing Normal University (China), 2014, 2017
• author of over 60 publications.
Dr. Zavyalova teaches the following courses:
• The Russian Economy
• The Economy of the Post Soviet States
• National Economic Security
• Economic policy
• Economic policy. Practical course
• Corporate Social Responsibility

Sergei Zelenev
Global Economic and Social Development

Sergei Zelenev (MBA, PhD) is a Visiting Professor at MGIMO University.
His current position is the Executive Director of the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) and the Special Representative of ICSW to the UN.
Before assuming his position at the ICSW in 2012, Dr. Zelenev for almost three decades worked for the United Nations, both at Headquarters in New York and in the field, in Africa and in the Caribbean. His international career with the UN Secretariat involved a range of assignments, with progressively widening responsibilities, in the analytical and intergovernmental policy fields. He has written widely in the areas of socio-economic policy, ageing, youth and intergenerational relationships and directed numerous UN studies on key policy issues. He also participated in many international events, symposia and conferences, making key-note presentations on social issues of international significance.
Apart from the UN reports drafted by him, some of his recent publications include:
Book- Intergenerational Solidarity (together with M. Cruz Saco), Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Articles: Civil society and national dialogue. International Social Work, 56(6), 2013
Intergovernmental cooperation on ageing issues. International Social Work, 57(6), 2014
Human dignity and social protection. International Social Work, 59(4), 2016.
Dr. Zelenev is a graduate of MGIMO University and New York University (NYU). He taught courses at Cornell University and NYU in the US, and has been teaching at MGIMO University since 2013.

Vladimir Zhdanov
Nationalism and Nation-Building

Vladimir Zhdanov holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also holds a Russian degree (Candidate of Sciences) in History, which was conferred on him for a dissertation devoted to the analysis of Western perceptions of Soviet economic policy, and an American doctoral degree in Political Science from the UMass-Amherst for his dissertation «Asymmetrical Devolution: Comparative Analysis of Italian and Spanish Regional Reforms». He was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College and the recipient of the USIA Graduate Fellowship. For several years Dr. Zhdanov taught the courses in Comparative Politics, World Politics and Russian Politics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

His recent publications include:
Post-Authoritarian Devolution: The Case of the First Italian Republic. Journal of Economic Sociology. 2017, no 1, p. 110-131.
Испания: Исторические предпосылки «Государства автономий» [Spain: The Historical Premises of ‘The State of Autonomies’]. Новая и новейшая история [Modern and Current History]. 2017, no. 3, p. 39-49.
Строительство поставторитарной государственности: Испания (1976–1982) [The Building of Post-Authoritarian Stateness: Spain, 1976–1982]. Общественные науки и современность [Social Sciences and Contemporary World]. 2017, no. 2, p. 76-90.
Исторические предпосылки Северной Лиги [The Historical Premises of the Northern League]. Новая и новейшая история [Modern and Current History]. 2019, no. 1, p. 50-59.

Tatiana Zonova
History, Theory and Practice of Diplomacy


  • Full Professor 1996
  • Doctor in Political Science 1995
  • Diplomatic rank 1st class counselor
  • Honorable Scholar of the Russian Federation

Current Position

  • Full professor at the Department of Diplomacy, Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO)
  • Professor at the Department of the History and Politics of Europe and America
  • Professor at the Department of the Theory and History of International Relations, People’s Friendship University

Prof. Zonova research interests include study of theory and history of diplomacy. She also conducts research in the areas of the European integration process, Russian foreign policy and Italian foreign and domestic policy.

Prof. Zonova is author of more than 200 works published in Russia and abroad.

Relevant affiliations/membership

  • Member of the Russian International Studies Association (RISA)
  • Member of the Expert Board of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)
  • Member of the Association for the Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Board
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of «The Hague Journal of Diplomacy»
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the «Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali»
  • Member of the History of European Integration Editorial Review Board (Cologne-Stuttgart)

List of her publications in English:

  1. Russian post-Soviet Diplomacy. The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy. Los Angeles — London: SAGE publications, 2016.
  2. The Consular Service in Russia: Past Problems, New Challenges // Consular Affairs and Diplomacy / J.Melissen,A.M.Fernandez (eds). Boston-Leiden: Brill, 2011.
  3. Cultural Diplomacy as a Soft Power Tool in the EU-Russia Relations. Rivista di studi politici internazionali. — 2013. — 80 fasc. 319, luglio-settembre.
  4. Diplomatic Theory of International Relations by P.Sharp. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 7 (2012).
  5. Diplomatic Cultures: Comparing Russia and the West in Terms of a ‘Modern Model of Diplomacy’/ The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 2 (2007).
  6. Russian diplomacy: facing regional challenges // Kishan S.Rana and Jovan Kurbalija (eds) // Foreign Ministries: Managing Diplomatic Networks and Optimizing Value«. 2007, Gèneve — Malta.
  7. Public diplomacy and its actors
  8. Eternal Sunshine of the Holy See.
  9. T.Zonova, R.Reinhardt. Main Vectors of Russia’s Foreign Policy (1991-2014). Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali. Vol. 81, n.4, settembre-dicembre 2014.
  10. Will NGOs survive in the future
  11. The Italian language: soft power or dolce potere? «Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali». — 2013. — Fasc. 318, aprile-giugno
  12. Diplomacy of the Future.
  13. Diplomatic Theory of International Relations by P.Sharp. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 7 (2012).