Format: book launch and moderated discussion

Working language: Russian

Organisers: Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Russia: Strategy, Policy and Administrationis a newly released book which offers answers to these questions. The book also discusses the structures and institutions on which Russia relies in order to deliver its domestic and international goals, as well as how foreign and domestic politics are intertwined in the Kremlin. It features contributions from a tremendous list of Russia’s leading thinkers and specialists, including Alexei Kudrin, Vladimir Mau, Alexander Auzan, Simon Kordonsky, Fyodor Lukyanov, Natalia Zubarevich  and Andrey Melville.

The event will feature the book’s editor Dr. Irvin Studin, who will discuss the main findings of the book and their implications for the immediate and strategic futures of Eastern Europe.


Irvin Studin – President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions and Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of Global Brief Magazine (Toronto, Canada).


Yauheni Preiherman – Head, Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative, Belarus

Irvin Studinis the President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions, and Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of Global Brief magazine. He has been called one of the leading international policy thinkers of his generation. Studin is with the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at the Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM), and has been a professor in leading universities in North America, Asia and Europe. Studin is the co-founder of Ukraine’s Higher School of Public Administration (Kiev). His latest book is Russia – Strategy, Policy and Administration (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018), and his upcoming book is Ten Theses on Canada in the 21st Century. He worked for a number of years in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa, as well as in the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

The first ever recruit of the Canadian government’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders programme, he was a member of the team that wrote Canada’s 2004 national security policy, and he principal-authored Australia’s 2006 national counter-terrorism policy. He holds degrees from the Schulich School of Business, the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. His PhD is from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was a Trudeau Scholar and won the Governor-General’s Gold Medal. Studin lectures and advises around the world in a number of languages, and has written for publications ranging from the Financial Times to Le MondeVedomosti, the Globe & MailNational PostLe DevoirLa Pressethe Indian ExpressThe Australian, the South China Morning Post, and the Straits Times. His other books include The Strategic Constitution – Understanding Canadian Power in the World (UBC Press, 2014), and What is a Canadian? Forty-Three Thought-Provoking Responses (McClelland & Stewart, 2006).