Andrey Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1979 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1982. He holds a PhD in History. Dr Kortunov completed internships at the Soviet embassies in London and Washington, and at the Permanent Delegation of the USSR to the UN.
In 1982–1995, Dr Kortunov held various positions in the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies, including Deputy Director. He taught at universities around the world, including the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he led several public organizations involved in higher education, social sciences and social development.
Since 2011, Andrey Kortunov has been the Director-General of RIAC. He is a member of expert and supervisory committees and boards of trustees of several Russian and international organizations. His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.
How can the EU recalibrate its policy towards Russia so it represents all member states voices? What else, beyond the already-existing sanctions format, can the EU use as leverage and deterrent for future attacks? What does the Russian policy by the new US administration, including a possible meeting between Presidents Biden and Putin mean for the EU? How can the EU work with the US on shaping their policies towards Russia? How can the Transatlantic community hold Russia accountable, while keeping the dialogue open and constructive?
Recent developments have strained EU-Russia relations further. Navalny’s poisoning, the unveiling of Russian involvement in a 2014 attack on a Czech munition depot, the blacklisting of EU diplomats by Russia in retaliation for EU sanctions, and the most recent alarming deployment of thousands of Russian troops towards Ukraine all indicate the Kremlin does not seek a constructive dialogue with the EU bloc.