Alina Polyakova

David M. Rubenstein Fellow – Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

English, German, Russian

David M. Rubenstein Fellow – Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

English, German, Russian

Recent activity

By Alina Polyakova

The West is Ill-Prepared for the Wave of “Deep Fakes” that Artificial Intelligence could…


Russian disinformation has become a problem for European governments. In the last two years, Kremlin-backed campaigns have… Read more

By Alina Polyakova

Democratic Defense Against Disinformation


“The Russians and other purveyors of disinformation will constantly improve their tactics; our counter-tactics therefore cannot be… Read more

By Alina Polyakova

What’s in the Kremlin’s Disinformation Toolkit?


Register now for #STRATCOMDC - http://stratcomdc.org Read more

By Alina Polyakova

The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses


In 2014, Russia seized Crimea through military force. With this act, the Kremlin redrew the political map… Read more

By Alina Polyakova

Hiding in Plain Sight: Putin’s War in Ukraine


Russia is at war with Ukraine. Russian citizens and soldiers are fighting and dying in a war… Read more

By Alina Polyakova

The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 2.0


“Russia’s interference in the US presidential election in 2016 sent a signal to the West: democratic societies… Read more

By Alina Polyakova

Why Talk About Disinformation Now?


Disinformation has become a hot topic since Russia’s interference in the US presidential elections in 2016. As… Read more

By Alina Polyakova

Why Should We Care About Disinformation?


Announcing #DisinfoWeek, a day-long conference on how to collectively address the global challenge of disinformation, June 29th… Read more

By Alina Polyakova

Here’s Why You Should Worry About Russian Propaganda


“Fake news” is the term du jour in the current discussion on the new media landscape. We… Read more

Biography

Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and Professor of European Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is the editor and co-author of the Atlantic Council’s report series, The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses, which examines Russian political influence in Western Europe. Dr. Polyakova specializes in Russian foreign policy, European politics, and far-right populism. Her recent book, The Dark Side of European Integration (ibidem-Verlag and Columbia University Press, 2015) examines the rise of far-right political parties in Western and Eastern Europe. She has also written extensively on Russian political warfare, Ukraine, and transatlantic relations for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the American Interest.

Prior to joining Brookings, Dr. Polyakova served as director of research and senior fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Swiss National Science Foundation senior research fellow. She has also been a fellow at the Fulbright Foundation, Eurasia Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and a senior research fellow and lecturer at the University of Bern. Dr. Polyakova holds a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact