Heads the Center for Political-Geographic Research, Moscow; participates in the expert group «The European Dialogue». For many years he was scholar in residence at the Carnegie Moscow Center, where he directed the Society and Regions project. He also is a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), member of Scientific Advisory Council, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and a member of scientific boards of the Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, ‘Russian Politics’. ‘Russian Politics & Law’, Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, and of Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. During 1990–1995, he served as an advisor to the Russian parliament, government, and presidential administration. He is the author or editor of numerous publications dealing with analysis of Russia’s political regime, post-Soviet transformation, socioeconomic and political development of Russia’s regions, democratization, federalism, and elections, among other topics.
His works include Russia 2025: Scenarios for the Russian Future. Palgrave Macmillan (2013), «The State of Russia: What Comes Next». Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. (both coedited with Maria Lipman).
Co-chair in EU and Russia in the World working group