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The Programme is taught by an international team of professors, committed to training future leaders and sharing most advanced tools of academic research.

We strongly believe that diversity is the best way to fight onesidedness. Student and scholar diversity contributes to the broadness and depth of discussions, to the of richness of the environment for teaching and research.



Prof. Robert Legvold is the academic supervisor of our Masters Programme.

In 1986 to 1992 Prof. Legvold worked as Director of The Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1984, he served for six years as Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.


Expert fields: international relations, Post-Soviet countries, foreign policies of Russia and Ukraine

Recent book: The Policy World Meets Academia: Designing U.S. Policy toward Russia



Prof. Alexander Nikitin is a director of the Centre for Political and International Studies. Since 2008 he became an elected Honorable President of the Association.

Among the positions, which Prof. Nikitn held are: Vice-Chairman of the Russian Pugwash Committee of Scientists for International Security and Disarmament;

Since 2004 – the member of the Scientific-Expert Council of the Organization for Collective Security Treaty. Since 2005 – official external expert of the United Nations, nominated by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

Expert fields: international security, conflict studies, Post-Soviet space, nuclear policies, political history.



Maxim Vilisov

Maxim Vilisov is a Deputy Director at the Department of Public Policy at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Currently Maxim works as a Director General at the Center for Crisis Society Studies. He also took part in elaborating a policy project in the field of renewable energy.

Maxim is a Director on our MA inPost-Soviet Public Policy, where he teaches courses on Key Dimensions in Public Policy & Political Economy.


Expert fields: public policy in post-soviet countries, renewable energy, policy projects in Eurasia.

Recent book: Пояса и пути Евразии: в поисках человека (2018)



Alexander Cooley is the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute (2016-18). He also serves on Columbia University’s Tenure Review Advisory Committee (2017-18).

In addition to his academic research, Professor Cooley works on several international advisory boards and has testified for the United States Congress and the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Cooley’s opinion pieces have appeared in New York Times, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and his research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, among others.


Expert fields:

how external actors have shaped the development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Recent book:

Dictators without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia (Yale 2017), co-authored with John Heathershaw.


Alena V. Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London (UCL).

Ledeneva studied Economics at the Novosibirsk State University (1986) and Social and Political Theory at the University of Cambridge (Newnham College, M.Phil.1992; Ph.D.1996). She was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New Hall College, Cambridge (1996–1999); Senior Fellow at the Davis Center, Harvard University (2005); Simon Professor at the University of Manchester (2006), Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris (2010) and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Paris (2013–2014). She is a member of Valdai Discussion Club. Currently, Ledeneva leads the UCL pillar in the large-scale research – Anticorruption Policies Revisited: Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption (ANTICORRP).

Expert fields:

blat, corruption, informal practices.

Recent book:

Global Encyclopaedia of Informality (UCL Press, 2018)



Kirill Telin holds his PhD form the faculty of political science at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

He is a founder and one of the main authors of the New Republic project. Kirill Telin is also a Deputy Director at the Lomonosov MSU Crisis Analysis Laboratory, where he manages applied studies of political behavior and cleavages in the modern Russian society.


Expert fields: public policy, public administration, political stability, federalism, national identity, political regimes, modern ideologies, electoral campiagns and processes.

Recent book: Representative Democracy and Parliamentary Institutions in the modern World: current state and trends


Eugenia Andryushina

Eugenia Andryushina holds her PhD form the school of public administration at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

She took internships abroad at Sciences Po (Lyon) and Academia Mester (Spain).

On our MA program Eugenia teaches a course on Contemporary Russian politics: theory, methodology, applied analysis.


Expert fields: youth policy in Russian regions, The Far East in Russia, Youth policy in the Far East, Public administration, public policy, policy networks.

Recent book: Молодежная политика на Дальнем Востоке (2018)



Sergey Kolesnikov is the academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, who is also widely known as a director of several NGOs.

For more than 20 years Kolesnikov has been a co-president of the international movement “International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War”. Sergey Kolesnikov`s spent years, working in Siberian bodies of Russian Academy of Science, while also managing the activities of Siberian branch of Pugwash Conferences.

He used to be a deputy at the State Duma of the Russian Federation and director of several NGOs.


Expert fields: Social policy, health policy legislation, innovation policy.

Recent book: The impact of vibration on the system “mother-foetus”: an experiment.


Marianna Abramova is a Deputy Director at the Department of Public Policy at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

She holds a degree in Law from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation and teaches a course on Law & Politics in the former Soviet Union states.

Marianna is also fluent in Spanish and works on political processes in Latin America.


Expert fields: state and law in a globalised age, public policy and law, history of public administration.

Recent publication: Constitutional Justice of Russia within the Judicial Landscape of Contemporary Europe в журнале REVISTA DERECHO DEL ESTADO, Universidad Externado de Colombia, 2018, № 40, с. 21-44



Thomas F. Remington is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University. He studies the development of political institutions in transitional states. Dr. Remington is author of numerous books and articles on Russian politics, including The Politics of Inequality in Russia (Cambridge, 2011). His current research addresses the formation of social policy in Russia and China. He was chair of the political science department at Emory from 2001-2007. He has been a member of the Boards of Directors of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.


Expert fields: Postcommunist political institutions, particularly in Russia; legislative politics and legislative-executive relations; causes and consequences of income inequality; social welfare policies; and business-government-labor relations.

Recent book: Presidential Decrees in Russia: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2014)



In 1980-1986 Prof. Lodgaard Sverre worked at the Lodgaard Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) as a Research Fellow, after what he moved to Oslo to become a Director on International Peace Research Institute (PRIO).

Lodgaard Sverre is also known as a Director of United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (1992-1996) and a Director of Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (1997-2007).


Expert fields: geopolitics, foreign policy, the Middle East, nuclear arms control and disarmament, the nuclear programs of Iran and Korea.

Recent book: Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World?



Anton Alex Bebler earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA in 1971. Since 1972 he has taught at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and became a full Professor of Political Science and of Defense Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. For several years he regularly taught at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, also occasionally lectured at various universities and institutes in North America, Europe and Asia and served as member of several national and international advisory boards and panels.

In 1991 -1992 Dr. Bebler chaired the Slovenian Council of the European Movement. Dr. Bebler joined Slovenian Foreign Service in August 1992 and until September 1997 served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovenia at the UN Office in Geneva. Since 1997 he is President, Euro-Atlantic Council of Slovenia. In 1999 – 2002 he served as President, Slovenian Emigrants` Association and in 1999 – 2002 as Vice-Chairman of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA). Since July 2006 he is a member of the Executive Committee, International Political Science Association (IPSA).



Distinguished Associate Fellow with the SIPRI Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Programme. Ekéus has been the Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board from 2002–2010. He is a Swedish diplomat. From 1978 to 1983, he was a representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, and he has worked on various other disarmament committees and commissions. Between 1991 and 1997 he was Director of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq, the United Nations disarmament observers in Iraq after the Gulf War.



Julie Newton is the Principal Investigator of the University Consortium. She is a Visiting Fellow of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, an Associate Professor of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris (AUP) and a Visiting Professor at Colorado College. Her research focuses on Russian-European relations, and she divides her time between Oxford, Paris and Colorado, teaching Russian politics at all three institutions. She holds a DPhil from Oxford, a Master’s from Columbia (Harriman Institute) and a BA from Princeton. Major publications include Russia, France and the Idea of Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003); Institutions, Ideas and Leadership in Russian Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), co-edited with William Tompson; and ‘Gorbachev, Mitterrand, and the Emergence of the Post-Cold War Order in Europe’, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 65 (2013).



Former Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Soltanieh is a nuclear physicist by training and worked as associate professor at faculties of science and international relations in various universities between 1988 and 1997. He taught courses in nuclear physics.

In the 1990s he was involved, as a nuclear physicist and senior diplomat, in the capacity of special envoy, delegate, chief negotiator, and invited speaker in numerous international events on disarmament and international security, such as NPT, CWC, BWC, CTBT, CCW, and has worked closely with the relevant international scientific and technical organizations such as UN, IAEA, OPCW, and other specialized international organizations such as WHO, ILO, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), QIC, WMO, TWAS and ICDO. He has published several papers in aforementioned areas.

For the three years immediately prior to taking up his position as the Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Soltanieh was the head of Iran’s National Escort Team for IAEA Inspections; a member of delegation to the IAEA board of governors and general conference; and a member of the negotiating team, Iran-EU3/EU negotiation on nuclear energy.



Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs since August 2002. Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Milan (Italy) and Senior Researcher at the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics. Cotta-Ramusino is an adjunct Professor, Centre of International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and an Associate with the Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the World Academy of Art and Sciences.




Ph.D. in Philosophy and History, Honored Scientist of Russian Federation, professor.Head of the «Political Theory» Department of MGIMO.



Chair of the World Politics Department at MGIMO.


The Programme is operated by The School of Governance and Politics MGIMO  and the State Policy Department of Political Science Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The research adviser on the part of MSU – the Head of State Policy Department 


Dr. Yakunin is a Russian public figure, businessman and former president of Russian Railways (June 2005 — August 2015).

Academic Supervisor and Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the Russian Academy of Sciences’ the Problem Analysis and Public Administration. Head of the State Policy Department at Moscow State University’s (MSU) Faculty of Political Science. Visiting professor at the Peking University.

Expert fields: governance, economic development, transportation, transport, railway, state government


The research adviser on the part of MGIMO  –  the Head of the Comparative Politics Department


President of the Russian Political Science Association, Chair of Comparative Politics Department at MGIMO, professor at the Higher School of Economics. Specializes in political science theory, and studies of contemporary Russian politics, Russian political elites and bureaucracy, and Russian political culture.