is the Dean of the School of Political Science at MGIMO University in Moscow. He holds a PhD in Government Studies/Political Science from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Asian History from the Institute of Far Eastern Studies (Moscow). Before joining MGIMO-University, he served as a Director of Methodological University (Moscow Public Science Foundation) and as Deputy Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies. He is the author, co-author, and editor of fifty books, has given lectures in many countries all over the world and has appeared on major Russian and international TV and radio shows. At the Center for Global Politics, he lectures Modules for German Studies Russia.