Marie Mendras is professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po University, and researcher with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and CERI in Paris. She is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House in London, and a Kennan Expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.  She received her doctorate from Sciences Po and her MA from Harvard University.

In 2008-2010 she was professor of government at the London School of Economics. In earlier years, taught at Paris 1-Sorbonne and Paris 10-Nanterre. She has served as a consultant for both the French Foreign and Defence Ministries. During the academic year 2015-2016, Dr Mendras was a senior fellow at the Transatlantic Academy and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University.

Her latest book is Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State (Oxford University Press, paperback edition, New York, 2014). Among her recent publications: « The Rising Cost of Russia’s Authoritarian Foreign Policy », in M. Light and D. Cadier, eds., Russia’s Foreign Policy. : Ideas, domestic politics and external relations, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015); “Russian Elites Worry: The Unpredictability of Putinism”, Transatlantic Academy 2015-2016 Paper Series, No. 9, German Marshall Fund of the United States, June 2016.

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