Europe in the New Asia: New Anxieties, New Constructs
1st & 2nd August 2019 • Auditorium, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Director, Center for East Asian and Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Alexander Lukin is Head of the Department of International Relations at National Research University Higher School of Economics and Director of the Centre for East Asian and Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies at MGIMO University in Moscow, Russia. He also holds the position of Chair Professor at Zhejiang University in China.
Dr. Lukin received his first degree from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1984, a DPhil in Politics from Oxford University in 1997, a doctorate in history from the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow in 2007, and a degree in theology from St.Tikhon’s Orthodox University in 2013. He has worked at the Soviet Foreign Ministry, the Soviet Embassy to the PRC, and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. From 1990 to 1993, he served as an elected deputy of the Moscow City Soviet (Council) where he chaired the Sub-Committee for Inter-Regional Relations. He co-authored Three Journeys through China with Andrei Dikarev (Moscow, 1989), wrote The Political Culture of the Russian Democrats (Oxford University Press, 2000), The Bear Watches the Dragon: Russia’s Perceptions of China and the Evolution of Russian-Chinese Relations since the Eighteenth Century (M.E.Sharpe, 2003), Pivot to Asia: Russia’s Foreign Policy Enters the 21st Century (Vij Books India, 2016), China and Russia: The New Rapprochement (Polity Press, 2018), Russia: A Thorny Transition From Communism (Vij Books India, 2019) as well as numerous articles and policy papers on Russian and Chinese politics. He is the editor and a contributor to the major Russian work on Russian-Chinese relations: Russia and China: Four Hundred Years of Interaction (Moscow: Ves’ Mir, 2013) and an Honorary Researcher of Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences. Dr. Lukin has also written on the international situation in East Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Russian-Chinese relations. His works have been published in Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan).
He was a visiting fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University from 1997 to 1998. From 2000 to 2001, he worked as a research fellow at the Center for Northeast Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the Director of the Center for East Asian and Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia), and also served there as an associate professor in the Political Science Department from 1998 until 2007. In 2005, he founded Russia-China. 21st Century – the only Russian magazine devoted to China and Russian-Chinese relations – and served as its editor until 2008. From 2000 to 2006, he was an Associate Researcher at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University. He serves on the editorial board of Asian Politics and Policy, International Problems (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) and The ASAN Forum (Korea). In November 2011 he was appointed Vice President of the Russian Diplomatic Academy (for research and international cooperation). In 2014 he accepted the position of Department Chair at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. In 2009, he was awarded a medal for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Sino-Russian Relations’ by Chinese President Hu Jintao and in 2012 a medal on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for his contribution in the formation and development of the SCO.