Lilia Shevtsova discusses Russia: Partner or Adversary?
After more than 15 years of decline and retreat, Russia's new assertiveness is upsetting the international equilibrium of the post-Soviet era, as it is promulgating its own vision of energy security and recently threatened to retarget its missiles at Western Europe. The author of numerous books and articles on both Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, Shevtsova will take a break from her posts in Moscow and Washington, D.C., to help us decipher Russia's recent behavior.- The Commonwealth Club
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Lilia Shevtsova co-chairs the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Project, dividing her time between the Carnegie offices in Washington, D.C. and Moscow.
Before joining the Endowment, she was deputy director of the Moscow Institute of International Economic and Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and director of the Center of Political Studies in Moscow.
She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and at Cornell University, and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ms. Shevtsova is a member of the Council of the Russian Political Science Association; serves on the editorial boards of American Interest, Journal of Democracy, Pro et Contra and Demokratizatsiya.
Lilia Shevtsova is also professor of political science at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs of the MFA of Russia; leading researcher at The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatam House, Great Britain); member of the Executive Board of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Great Britain); member of the Advisory Board of the Women in International Security organization; associate with the Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council; member of the Board of the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University.