In this episode, featured guest Alina Polyakova discusses how authoritarian regimes have bet big on technology—including social… Read more
Russia plans to disrupt the midterm elections in November. That, at least, was the surprisingly frank conclusion announced by… Read more
Russian disinformation has become a problem for European governments. In the last two years, Kremlin-backed campaigns have… Read more
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.