March 2020 Conference: Speakers

Andrey Baykov is Dean of School of International Relations and Associate Professor of International Affairs at MGIMO University. He is also editor-in-chief of International Trends, a member of the International Studies Association, a member of the Executive Board of the Russian Political Science Association, and Director of the Academic Educational Forum on International Relations. In 2017, he was elected to the Youth Council on Education and Science Policy of the President of the Russian Federation, which brings together some 30 bright scholars in Russia across all disciplines in the age range of up to 35 years old. Baykov earned his master’s degree in International Relations in 2007 and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2009 at MGIMO University. For his research of comparative regional integration in East Asia and Europe, he was awarded the First Prize of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2013. He was the recipient of the Donald Robertson Award of the U.S. International Studies Association in 2013 for his paper on Eurasian integration.
Steven Block is Academic Dean and Professor of International Economics at the Fletcher School. His research addresses economic development, political economy, and food policy in developing countries with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. His recent research has highlighted the role of political institutions – in particular, competitive presidential elections – on economic growth and agricultural productivity across African countries. His current working papers explore the cost of nutritious diets across countries, and the effect of climate change on child nutrition. He is also co-author of a leading textbook on development economics. Professor Block earned a master's of public policy and a doctorate in political economy from Harvard University.
Daniel Drezner is Professor of International Politics and Co-Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings and a contributing editor at The Washington Post. Previously he taught at the University of Chicago and at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. Drezner has written six books, including The Ideas Industry (2017) and The System Worked (2014). He has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and Foreign Affairs, and has been a contributing editor for Foreign Policy and The National Interest. He received his B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College and his M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.
Igor Istomin is Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Analysis of International Issues at MGIMO University. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from MGIMO University as well as an undergraduate degree from Saint Petersburg State University. Istomin teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in methods of applied analysis of international affairs. He is an executive editor at International Trends, a leading Russian academic journal. He is also a visiting fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs at Jilin University in China. Istomin is the author of more than 50 publications on U.S. foreign policy, relations in the Euro-Atlantic space, and international security. His most recent book is The Logic of State Behavior in International Politics (2017). He has also prepared policy reports and papers for the Russian International Affairs Council, the Valdai Discussion Club, the Center for Strategic Research in Moscow, and the European Leadership Network.
Mihaela Papa is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sustainable Development and Global Governance at The Fletcher School and an overseas member at the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. She is also Co-Investigator at Rising Power Alliances project. She specializes in analyzing policy conflict and strategizing in complex negotiations, especially on environmental regulation and the rise of new powers. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School, she examined India, China and Brazil in global legal governance, spent six months in China as a visiting researcher, and embarked on a BRICS-focused research agenda.
Thomas Remington is Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is Goodrich C. White Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at Emory University and a Senior Research Associate of the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He is author of a number of books and articles on Russian and postcommunist politics. Among his publications are Presidential Decrees in Russia: A Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Politics of Inequality in Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He teaches and does research on the politics of economic inequality in the United States, Russia and China.
Nadim Rouhana is Professor of International Affairs and Conflict Studies, and Director of the Program on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His current research includes work on the dynamics of protracted social conflict, collective identity and democratic citizenship in multiethnic states, the questions of reconciliation and multicultural citizenship, transitional justice, and international negotiations. His research and writing focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict and on Israeli and Palestinian societies. Prior to joining the Fletcher School, he was the Henry Hart Rice Professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University. He has held various academic positions in Palestinian, Israeli, and American universities including at Harvard University, Boston College, MIT, and Tel-Aviv University. He was a co-founder of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs where he co-chaired the Center’s seminar on international Conflict Analysis and Resolution from 1992-2001.
Patrick Schena is Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he is also senior fellow of the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises and co-head of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative. Schena has 30 years of experience in finance, operations, and technology management focused on investment management. He was formerly a principal, leading delivery of the investment management services at a Genpact-Headstrong Corp., a global provider of outsourcing services. He has participated in or cofounded two companies providing technology and operations services to investment managers. He holds a Ph.D. in from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and additional graduate degrees from The Fletcher School, and Boston College.
Tatyana Shakleina is Chair of the Department of Applied Analysis of International Issues at MGIMO University. She also serves as a Leading Research Associate at the Institute of the U.S. and Canada Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, where she earned her Ph.D. in World History and International Relations in 1984 and became a Professor of Political Science in 2003. She is the author or editor of over 200 publications on contemporary international relations, U.S. and Russian foreign policy, Russia-U.S. relations, American think tanks, Russian studies in the United States, and U.S. studies in Russia, including Russia and the United States in World Politics (2012), Foreign Policy of the Bush Administration: Concepts and Practice (2003), and Russia and the United States in the New World Order (2002).
Andrey Sushentsov is Director of the Institute of International Studies at MGIMO University and a Program Director of the Valdai Discussion Club. His research concentrates on U.S. foreign policy in international conflicts, as well as in South Caucasus, Ukraine, and the Middle East. He has substantial experience of analytical work. He took part in applied researches on the United States’ foreign policy, conflict resolution in South Caucasus, Ukraine, and the Middle East. In his studies, he examines the spheres of conflicting interests of Russia and the United States in Europe, the Middle East and the post-Soviet space. He was a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, Guido Carli Free University of International Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University and Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey. He is a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and of the Working Group on the Future of Russian-American Relations. His key publications include monographs America’s Small Wars, Essays on US Policy in the Regional Conflicts of the 2000s, and the collective monograph Russia and the World in 2020. He is also an editor of the annual forecast International Threats.
Monica Toft is Professor of International Politics and Director of the Center for Strategic Studies at The Fletcher School. She is also a research associate at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford and at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. While at Harvard, she directed the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs and served as Assistant Director of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Toft’s areas of research include international security, ethnic and religious violence, civil wars, and demography. Her most recent books include Securing the Peace (2011), Political Demography (2012), and God’s Century (2012). Toft holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Mikhail Troitskiy is Dean of the School of Government and International Affairs at the MGIMO University. He is also an Associate Professor at MGIMO and an IMARES Program Professor at the European University at St. Petersburg. In 2009-2015, Mr. Troitskiy worked as a Program Officer and Deputy Director at the Moscow office of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where he was involved in grantmaking and managing a country office of a large international donor organization. In 2007-2009, he served as Deputy Dean of the MGIMO School of Political Affairs. He has held visiting fellowships at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., as well as at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Mr. Troitskiy’s recent publications include research articles on "The Emerging Great Power Politics and Regionalism” (Global Policy, June 2019) and “Putting Politics First in US-Russian Arms Control” (The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 2020) as well as a chapter on “Focal Points in Arms Control” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Alexandra Vacroux is Executive Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and Lecturer on Government at Harvard University. Her scholarly work addresses many Russian and Eurasian policy issues. In addition, she teaches popular courses on the comparative politics of Eurasia and post-Soviet conflict. She has mentored dozens of Harvard’s best and brightest Russian regional studies students and scholars. She is an active member of the bilateral Working Group on the Future of U.S.–Russia Relations, and co-chairs the Davis Center's long-running Comparative Politics Seminar. Prior to joining the Davis Center in 2010, Alexandra held a variety of scholarly and business positions in the American and Russian capitals. In Washington, DC, she was a Scholar at the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars). While living in Moscow for over a decade in the 1990s, she was consultant to the Russian Privatization Agency, President of the American brokerage for the Brunswick Warburg investment bank, and member of the board of United Way Moscow. She also served as research associate at the Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR), a Russian think tank associated with the New Economic School.
Fyodor Voitolovsky is Director of the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been a Professor in the Department of Political Science at MGIMO University since 2008. In 2011, he became an editorial board member and author of IMEMO’s “Strategic Global Forecast – 2030.” Since 2014, he has been an editorial board member and author of IMEMO’s “Strategic Global Forecast – 2035.” His research interests include U.S. foreign and security policy; U.S. policy in Pacific Asia and Europe; Russian-American relations; global governance and transformations of the international order; and the role of ideas in world politics. Voitolovsky has published one personal monograph and edited, participated as an author, and co-editor in more than 15 collective monographs. He is an author of more than 60 articles in scientific journals and chapters in books.
Josephine Wolff is Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Her research interests include the social and economic costs of cybersecurity incidents, cyber-insurance, Internet regulation, and security responsibilities and liability of online intermediaries. Her book You'll See This Message When It Is Too Late: The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches was published by MIT Press in 2018. Her writing on cybersecurity has appeared in Slate, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Scientific American, and Wired.