September 21, 2016|10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The National Press Club - First Amendment Room 529 14th St NW Washington DC 20045


The Center on Global Interests hosted a discussion on Russia’s political development with members of the Russia Political Insights Project, an international research collaboration that seeks to deepen the understanding of Russia’s current domestic political landscape.

Panelists presented the results of their forthcoming book, Arrested Development: Rethinking Politics in Putin’s Russia, scheduled for release in 2017. The book explores the role of the Russian security forces, media, regional elites, public opinion, and other politically relevant actors in the making of domestic policy.


Maria Lipman is an Editor-in-Chief of Counterpoint journal, published by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University She was the editor-in-chief of Pro et Contra, a policy journal published by the Carnegie Moscow Center, from 2003 until 2014. Before joining the Carnegie Moscow Center, Lipman was co-founder and deputy editor of two Russian weekly magazines: Itogi (Summing Up), published in association with “Newsweek,” and Ezhenedel’ny Zhurnal (Weekly Journal). From 2001 until 2011, Lipman wrote an op-ed column on Russian politics, media, and society for The Washington Post. She has contributed to a variety of Russian and US publications; since 2012 she has written a monthly blog for The New Yorker online. Lipman is a frequent speaker on the international conference circuit and has regularly been featured as a Russia expert on a range of international broadcast media. Lipman holds an M.A. from Moscow State University.

Nikolay Petrov is a professor and head of the Laboratory of Methodology of Regional Development Evaluation at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. For many years, he was scholar-in-residence at the Carnegie Moscow Center, where he directed the Society and Regions project. He also heads the Center for Political-Geographic Research. Petrov is a columnist for the information agency RBC (RosBusinessConsulting), a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and a member of the scientific boards of: The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies; Russian Politics; Russian Politics & Law; and Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. During 1990–1995, he served as an advisor to the Russian parliament, government, and presidential administration. Petrov is the author or editor of numerous publications analyzing Russia’s political regime, the post-Soviet transformation, the socioeconomic and political development of Russia’s regions, democratization, federalism, and elections, among other topics.

Kirill Rogov is a senior research fellow at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Poli­cy, and a member of the supervisory board of the Liberal Mission Foundation (Moscow). Originally a specialist in Russian intellectual and cultural history of the 18th and 19th centuries, Rogov started his career as a journalist in the late 1990s. In the 2000s, he was co-founder and editor-in-chief of the news and opinion portal “Polit.Ru” – one of the first Russian on-line media. He was a columnist for the leading business daily Vedomosti, and later deputy editor-in-chief at Kommersant daily, another leading Russian newspaper. Since 2007, Rogov has held positions at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, the leading Russian think-tank in economics, and at the Academy for the National Economy and Public Policy. In 2010-2011, he was an academic secretary and a member of the editorial committee of the working group on economic growth that formulated the Government Strategy Until 2020 (Strategy-2020). His recent articles published in Russia and abroad are focused on problems of current political development and the post-Soviet history of Russia. He is a columnist for VedomostiForbes–Russia, and Novaya Gazeta

Andrei Soldatov is an investigative journalist and editor of, an information hub on intelligence agencies. His career as a reporter began at the Russian daily Segodnya in 1996. Since then, he has worked for IzvestiaMoscow News, and Novaya Gazeta, covering the activities of the secret services and counter-terrorism issues. He regularly comments on terrorism and intelligence topics for national and international media. In October 2012 Agentura.Ru, Privacy International, and Citizen Lab launched the joint project “Russia’s Surveillance State.” On October 6, 2013, The Guardian reported the research of Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan on surveillance at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Daniel Treisman is a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Educated at Oxford University (BA Hons. 1986) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1995), his work focuses on Russian politics and economics and comparative political economy. He has published four books and many articles in leading political science and economics journals including The American Political Science Review and The American Economic Review, as well as in the public affairs journals Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. A former lead editor of The American Political Science Review, he has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and as acting director of UCLA’s Center for European and Russian Studies. In Russia, he is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Higher School of Economics and a member of the Jury of the National Prize in Applied Economics. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford) and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), and has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the US and the Smith Richardson Foundation. His latest book, The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev (The Free Press, 2011) was one of the Financial Times’ “Best Political Books of 2011.”