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Marie Mendras

Former Kennan Expert


September 1, 2016 — February 28, 2017

Professional affiliation

Professor, School of International Affairs, Sciences Po University, Paris

Wilson Center Projects

“Elites’ Estrangement from Decision-Making in Putin’s Russia”

Full Biography

Marie Mendras is professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po University, and researcher with the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. In 2015-2016, she was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University. In 2008-2010, Dr. Mendras was professor of government at the London School of Economics. In earlier years, she has been a consultant for both the French Foreign and Defense Ministries. Dr. Mendras received her doctorate from Sciences Po and her MA from Harvard University.

Major Publications

Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State (Oxford University Press, paperback edition, New York, 2014)

"The Rising Cost of Russia’s Authoritarian Foreign Policy", in M. Light and D. Cadier, eds., Russia’s Foreign Policy. : Ideas, domestic politics and external relations, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015)

"Russian Elites Worry: The Unpredictability of Putinism”, Transatlantic Academy 2015-2016 Paper Series, No. 9, GMF, June 2016