Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe. She specializes in European politics, far-right populism and nationalism, and Russian foreign policy. Polyakova’s 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 trans-Atlantic relations.
Prior to joining Brookings, she 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. Polyakova’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, as well as a number of academic journals and media outlets. 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.
Polyakova holds a doctorate and master’s in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s in economics and sociology with highest honors from Emory University. She speaks Russian and German.
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- European Union
- Russia & Eurasia
- Foreign Policy
- Center on the United States and Europe
- Brookings-Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative
- Additional Expertise Areas
- EU-U.S. relations
- Europe-Russia relations
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
- M.A., University of California, Berkeley
- B.A., Emory University