Mr. Lavrov is an independent defense analyst affiliated with the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) and expert on the 2008 Russian-Georgian War. He is a contributor to the CAST publication “The Tanks of August,” in which he provides a meticulous timeline of the buildup and outbreak of the 2008 war. He has also monitored troop movements in the recent Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Mr. Denisentsev is a researcher and expert at the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), Russia’s most prominent for-profit think tank that focuses on security and defense issues. His research focuses on arms markets and Russia’s current and future role in the global arms market.
Vadim Grishin holds a PhD in Social Science and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. After the collapse of the USSR, Dr. Grishin was involved in the reform process in Russia, serving as Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation from 1992-1993 and 2006-2009.
Dr. Grishin has extensive experience working with the Bretton Woods Institutions. He was the Executive Director and Board Member of the World Bank Group from 2010-2014. Currently he serves as Senior Advisor at the International Monetary Fund and teaches a course on the economics of transition at Georgetown University.
Denis Sokolov is an expert on the North Caucasus focusing on the informal economy of the region, land disputes, and institutional foundations of military conflicts. He is a senior research fellow at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and research director at the Center for Social and Economic Research of Regions (RAMCOM).
Sokolov has conducted field research in the North Caucasus since 2009, primarily in Dagestan, with an emphasis on how globalization has transformed rural communities and led to new urbanization and migration patterns. He has studied the impact of the spread of Salafi Islam on local rural communities, labor migration from Dagestan to western Siberia, and other migration-related issues. Sokolov’s current research focuses on the flow of combatants from Russia and other post-Soviet countries to Syria and the Islamic State, as well as the political emigration of Russian Muslims to Turkey, Egypt, and Western Europe.
Dr. Ivan Safranchuk graduated in 1998 from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and in 2003 received the degree of candidate of sciences (the Russian equivalent of a Ph.D) from Academy of Military Sciences, where his work focused on post-Cold War nuclear strategy. From 1997 to 2001 he worked at the PIR Center for Policy Studies, including as Director of the Nuclear Arms Control Project. In July 2001, he opened CDI Moscow, a Russia-based branch of the U.S.-based think tank the Center for Defense Information; it was renamed the World Security Institute (WSI) in 2006. Since 2008, Dr. Safranchuk has served as an adviser to WSI while focusing on his private consulting work.
Dr. Safranchuk runs LaTUK, a consulting firm he founded in 2007 that specializes in energy, security, and other policy questions in Central Asia and other neighboring regions. Since 2007, he has published a magazine entitled “Great Game: Politics, Business, and Security in Central Asia.” Since 2003, he has lectured at MGIMO in Moscow. From 2011-2014, Dr. Safranchuk was the deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been a member of the Advisory Council to the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation since 2011. a member of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy (SVOP), a community of leading Russian security experts, since 2012, and an adviser to the President of the Diplomatic Academy of Kyrgyzstan since 2015.
Over the past eight years, Dr. Safranchuk has been involved in many projects related to Central Asia and Afghanistan. This includes research projects for Russian, US and European organizations, and also for international organizations, including the UN (UNDP and ESCAP). In August and September 2014 Dr. Safranchuk was part of the UN advisory group that supervised the audit of the second round of presidential elections in Afghanistan. He has authored publications on nuclear strategy and arms control, non-proliferation, Central Asia, and Afghanistan.
Igor Zevelev was Director of the Russia Office at the MacArthur Foundation in 2008-2016. He served as Washington Bureau Chief for the RIA Novosti News and Information Agency in 2005-2008 and was Professor of Russian Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany in 2000-2005. He holds a Doctor of Sciences degree in political science from the Institute of International Relations and World Economy (IMEMO) in Moscow, where he served as Head of Department. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Washington, the University of California at Berkeley, Macalester College, and has published five books and numerous articles. His current research interests are in the fields of national identity discourses, nationalism, foreign policy, and Russian-American relations.
Vladislav Inozemtsev is a Russian economist and a leading supporter of the new industrialization of Russia. He is director and founder of the Center for Post-Industrial Studies in Moscow, a nonprofit institution that specializes in organizing conferences on global economic issues and publishing books. He is a professor and the chair at the Department of World Economy, Faculty of Public Governance, Moscow State Lomonosov University and previously resided in Vienna as a senior visiting fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM). He has also taught at various universities, including MGIMO (the University of International Relations) and at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. From 2002 to 2009, he was head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the journal Russia in Global Affairs. In 2011, he was managing director of the Global Political Forum, organized in Yaroslavl under the authority of then-President Dmitry Medvedev.
Dr. Inozemtsev is the author of over 600 printed works published in Russia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including 15 monographs, 4 of which have been translated into English. He has never been affiliated with the Russian government or any other foreign government and has never served as an elected official at any level. Between December 2011 and March 2012, he was a senior adviser to Mikhail Prokhorov, at that time a Russian presidential candidate (who came third in the 2012 elections) and authored his presidential program. Since November 2012, he has been chairman of the High Council of the Civilian Force, a newly established Russian center-liberal, pro-European party.
Dr. Inozemtsev joined REP in October 2013 and completed his tenure in February 2014. During his tenure, he contributed to REP’s analytical work on Eurasian integration, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the economic development of the Russian Arctic. Dr. Inozemtsev also began work on a book project on Siberia.
Sergey Markedonov is a visiting fellow in the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is an expert on the Caucasus, as well as Black Sea, regional security, nationalism, interethnic conflicts and de-facto states in the post-Soviet area. His publications include several books and reports, 50 academic articles, and more than 400 press pieces. Recently published books and reports include The Turbulent Eurasia (Academia, 2010), The Big Caucasus: Consequences of the “Five Day War,” New Challenges and Prospects (International Centre for Black Sea Studies, 2009), and The Ethno-national and Religious Factors in Social-political Life of the Caucasus Region (Moscow State University, 2005).
Markedonov graduated from Rostov-on-Don State University in 1995. He earned his doctoral degree in history at Rostov-on-Don State Pedagogical University in 1999. From 1996 to 1999, he was a lecturer in the History Department of Rostov-on-Don State Pedagogical University. From 1998 to 2001, he served as senior fellow at the Governor's Press-Service in the Rostov Regional Administration. From 2001 to 2010, he worked as head of the Interethnic Relations Group and deputy director at the Institute for Political and Military Analysis in Moscow. From 2006 to 2010, he also held teaching positions at the Russian State University for the Humanities, the Moscow State University, and the Diplomatic Academy.
Zhao Huasheng is the Director of the Center for Russia and Central Asia Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. He specializes in Russian foreign policy and security, Sino-Russian relations, Sino-Central Asian relations, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Prof. Zhao has twice been a visiting scholar at the Moscow Institute of International Relations, and has written extensively on Russian foreign policy. Recent publications include "China and America in Russia's Foreign Policy" in Contemporary International Relations, and "The Situation in Central Asia and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization" in East Europe and Central Asia Studies. His undergraduate degree is from the Shanghai University of International Studies, and he completed his graduate studies at Nanjing University.
Professor Zhao joined REP in April 2011 and completed his tenure in August 2011. In July 2011 he was a panelist at the conference titled, “International Perspectives on Afghanistan and Regional Security to 2014 and Beyond.” His presentation focused on China’s interests in Afghanistan, especially following the U.S. and NATO military withdrawal in 2014. In addition to participating on conference panels while at CSIS, Professor Zhao authored a CSIS report titled “China and Afghanistan: China’s Interests, Stances, and Perspective,” which was published in March 2012. The report carefully examines how and to what extend China may be ready to assume a larger role in promoting Afghan stabilization. Professor Zhao also discusses the interests of the SCO in Afghanistan, speculating about its expanded future role in political reconciliation and economic development in the region
Shoichi Itoh joined REP in early 2010. During his tenure, he conducted research on energy security in the Far East, examining the political implications and limitations that Moscow faces from a rigid focus on resources. In addition to participating on conference panels while at CSIS, Dr. Itoh authored an extensive paper based on the research he conducted while in residence at CSIS. This report titled, “Russia Looks East: Energy Markets and Geopolitics in Northeast Asia” was published in July 2011. In his paper Itoh examines the opportunities for Russia to meet its Energy Strategy out to 2030 by developing untapped hydrocarbon resources in East Siberia and the Far East that will be essential to meeting the energy demands of China, Japan, and others.energy
During his five month fellowship, Hovhannes Nikoghosyan from the Public Policy Institution in Yerevan, Armenia contributed a considerable amount of commentary and analysis related to the dynamic relationship of Armenia to the Caucasus, Greater Central Asia, and Russia. In concluding his research, Nikogoshyan drafted a report entitled, “Back to the Theory of Humanitarian Interventions,” which focuses on the legal background of humanitarian interventions with case studies between 1999-2008, to analyze future policy developments surrounding “Responsibility to Protect.” The report examines the basic criteria to choose the right cases to intervene, and the types of policy responses humanitarian issues should elicit from the international community. The report was published in August 2010 by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.