Igor Zevelev holds a Doctor of Sciences degree in political science from the Institute of International Relations and World Economy (IMEMO) in Moscow, where he served as Head of Department. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Washington, the University of California at Berkeley, Macalester College, and was Professor of Russian Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany in 2000-2005. He also served as Washington Bureau Chief for the RIA Novosti News and Information Agency in 2005-2008. He has published five books and numerous articles.

Project Summary

The book is an attempt to come to grips with one particular and often overlooked aspect of foreign policy realignments: the impact of national identity discourses on international strategies. Drawing on theory of international relations and discourse analysis, the book will trace the role of domestic narratives in shaping international behavior to enhance our understanding of how and when major foreign policy shifts take place. This may help to address many policy-oriented questions, including the primary factors that will impact Russian international strategy after Putin and the options the Western policymakers have.

Major Publications

Russia and Its New Diasporas (Washington, DC: The United States Institute of Peace Press, 2001) 
“Russia’s Contested National Identity and Foreign Policy,” (co-authored with Andrew Kuchins), in Henry Nau and Deepa Ollapally, eds., Worldviews of Aspiring Powers (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2012) 
“The Russian World Boundaries,” Russia in Global Affairs, no. 2 (2014)

Previous Terms

Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute, "Human Rights in the Relations between Russia and Other Successor States" (April 1, 1994 - May 1, 1994)