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Jardar Østbø

Project Manager

Jardar Østbø (PhD, University of Bergen, 2011) is Associate Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. An area studies specialist, he has published in journals such as Post-Soviet AffairsDemokratizatsiyaDigital Icons, and Social Movements. Østbø is the author of The New Third Rome. Readings of a Russian Nationalist Myth (Ibidem 2016). He also teaches Russian history at the University of Oslo, and has translated Albanian and Russian literature to Norwegian. In his contribution to RUSECOPOL, he will focus on elite power relations and foreign policy.

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Ingerid M. Opdahl

Researcher

Ingerid M. Opdahl (PhD, University of Birmingham, 2016) is Associate Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, where she heads the Russian Security and Defence Programme. Among her research interests is the relationship between Russian political economy and foreign policy, which is also the topic of her forthcoming book, The Russian State and Russian Energy Companies, 1992–2018. In her contribution to RUSECOPOL, she will look at Russian energy companies in the Arctic and their relations to the state, and at elite groups with violence potential.

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Ingvill M. Elgsaas

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ingvill Moe Elgsaas is Senior Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies. She holds a PhD in political science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in Russian studies from the University of Bergen. Among her research interests is the interface between Russian political elites and economic or security related interest groups. In her contribution to RUSECOPOL, she will look at Russia’s strategic companies, including patterns of oligarch or silovik leadership, with particular attention to strategic companies exploiting Russia’s metal resources in the Arctic.

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Geir Flikke

Active Partner 

Geir Flikke (PhD, University of Oslo, 2006) is Professor of Russian studies at the University of Oslo. He has previously been Assistant Director of NUPI (2006–2010) and Associate Professor at the University of Oslo (2013-2019). He headed the Norwegian Research Council project NEPORUS (2014-2017), analysing the changing framework for social organization and social mobilization in Russia. Flikke is fluent in Russian and has taught transition studies at the project partner Kyiv Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in 2006–2009. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Problems of Post-CommunismDemokratizatsiyaPost-Soviet Affairs, and Europe-Asia Studies. Flikke makes frequent appearances in the media and was one of four lecturers for the Norwegian Atlantic Committee course in international relations in the spring and fall of 2017. 

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Richard Connolly

Active Partner 

Dr Richard Connolly is director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham. His research and teaching are principally concerned with the political economy of Russia. Dr Connolly has acted as a consultant to a wide range of public- and private-sector organisations, including government ministries and militaries in the UK, US, and other European countries, NATO, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He an associate fellow on the Russia and Eurasia programme at Chatham House, and is the author of Russia’s Response to Sanctions, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. 

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Mark Galeotti

Active Partner

Dr Mark Galeotti is an honorary professor at UCL SSEES, a senior associate fellow with RUSI, and a senior non-resident fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague. A specialist in Russian politics and security, he is also a prolific author, and his most recent books include Russian Political War (Routledge, 2019), We Need To Talk About Putin (Ebury, 2019) and The Vory: Russia's Super Mafia (Yale, 2018).

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Andrei Yakovlev

Active Partner

Andrei Yakovlev is director of Institute for Industrial and Market Studies (IIMS) at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) and professor at HSE Department of Public Administration. He obtained his PhD in Economics and Statistics at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1992. His research interests include comparative studies in corporate governance, industrial policy and political economy of reforms in Russia and other economies in transition. Yakovlev's recent papers have been published in Economic Systems, Economics & Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Eurasian Geography & Economics, Post-Communist Economies, and Journal of Eurasian Studies. He has been actively involved in many policy advice projects. In 2011-2012 he led Russian team in the project ‘Doing Business in Russia’ commissioned to World Bank by Russian government to assess the barriers for doing business in 30 Russian regions. Since 2011 he is co-director (jointly with Tim Frye from Columbia University) of a large international research project on elites and economic development in Russian regions. Yakovlev is member of the Executive Committee of European Association of Comparative Economic Studies (since 2006) and president of Association of Russian Economic Think Tanks (since 2015). In 2017 he was awarded the Gaidar memorial prize in economics.

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Janis Kluge

Active Partner

Janis Kluge is a Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, Germany. In this role, he consults the German government and the Bundestag in foreign policy matters. At SWP, his research focuses on Russia’s economic relations and development, domestic policy and sanctions. Janis holds a PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University and was a doctoral fellow at Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS). He has published in New Political Economy and Comparative Economic Studies on the Russian shadow economy and Russian elites’ response to FDI. His contribution to RUSECOPOL will focus on how Russia’s foreign policy affects the behavior and international linkages of business elites.

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Ekaterina Schulmann

Active Partner

Ekaterina Schulmann is a political scientist specializing in legislative processes, parliamentarism and decision-making mechanisms in hybrid political regimes. She holds a position of a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the School of Public Policy at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. Since December 2018, she has been a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. She is the author of the books Legislation as a Political Process and Practical Politology: a Guide to the Contact with Reality (collection of articles), and one of the co-authors of The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia (Brookings Institution Press 2018), edited by Daniel Treisman. Mrs. Schulman is a regular contributor to Vedomosti newspaper, The New Times magazine, online media such as Republic.ru, Colta.ru, Carnegie.ru, and others. She hosts of a weekly program on the radio station Echo Moskvy dedicated to popularizing political science terminology and concepts. Previously, she has worked as a civil servant in a local administration, deputy’s assistant, political faction analyst and expert in Analytical department of the Russian State Duma, and legislative affairs director of a consulting company.

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