Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Lilia Shevtsova
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Lilia Shevtsova is a member of the Board of the Finnish Centre for Excellence in Russian Studies, Liberal Mission Foundation, and New Eurasia Foundation in Moscow.

She is on the editorial board of American Interest, Journal of Democracy and New Eastern Europe, and was the founding chair of the Davos World Economic Forum Council on Russia’s Future.

From 2014-2016 she was a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, and prior to that a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  

She served as Chair of the Program on Eurasia and Eastern Europe of the Social Science Research Council (Washington) and was a member of the Global Social Council for Central and Eastern European Studies.

Dr Shevtsova was awarded the Estonian state order Cross Pro Terra Mariana for her contribution to democracy promotion, and has also received an honorary doctorate from St Gallen University.

She has been featured in the 100 Leading Global Thinkers list compiled by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines, and is a frequent contributor to leading international media.

She is the author of Yeltsin’s Russia: Myths and Reality; Putin’s Russia; and Russia – Lost in Transition: The Yeltsin and Putin Legacies.


  • Russia’s domestic situation and foreign policy
  • Russia and the West
  • Post-communist transition
  • Post-Soviet challenges
  • Russian society 


2014-2016Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
1996-2014Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace