Meet our professors



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

In 1986 to 1992 Prof. Legvold served 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.

For most of the preceding decade, he was on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Tufts University.

2008-2010 he was project director for “Rethinking U.S. Policy toward Russia” at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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

Our professors



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?



Prof. Bruce Blair has a long teaching experience at Yale (from which he holds PhD in Operations Research) and Princeton Universities. He served as a U.S. Air Force Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile launch control officer (1972-74), as a project director at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment from 1982 to 1985.

From 1987 to 2000 Prof. Blair was a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C. In 1999, Blair was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship Prize for his work on nuclear arms control.

Expert fields: foreign policy, security studies, policy tools to achieve verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons.

Recent book: The Logic of Accidental Nuclear War.



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.

Recent book: International Conflicts: interference, peace-building, regulation.



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.