International Forum for Democratic Studies Research Council

Lilia Shevtsova

Brookings Institution

Lilia Shevtsova is nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House–The Royal Institute of International Affairs (London). She chaired the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Dr. Shevstova is a member of the Editorial Board for the American Interest, Pro et Contra, Demokratizatsiya, and the Journal of Democracy. In addition to participating in the Davos World Economic Forum’s ongoing Global Redesign Initiative program, she is a senior research associate at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Economics. She is also a member of the board for the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University, the Women in International Security international association, the Liberal Mission Foundation, and the New Eurasia Foundation.

Dr. Shevtsova was a professor of political science at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, deputy director of the Institute for International Economic and Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and director of the Center of Political Studies in Moscow. She has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, and Georgetown University, as well as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Shevtsova was also a member of the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, founding chair of the Davos World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Russia, and member of the Global Agenda Council on Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Dr. Shevtsova is the author and editor of fifteen books, including: Putin’s Russia (revised and expanded edition; Carnegie Endowment, 2005); Russia—Lost in Transition (Carnegie Endowment, 2007); Lonely Power (Carnegie Moscow Center and ROSSPEN, 2010; English edition: Carnegie Endowment, 2010); and Change or Decay with Andrew Wood (Carnegie Endowment, 2011). Her most recent collections of essays include: Crisis: Russia and the West in the Time of Troubles (2013) and Interregnum: Russia Between Past and Future (2014).

Forum News

VIDEO: “Russia Rewrites the Rules,” Democracy Ideas, an interview series by the International Forum for Democratic Studies (Apr. 16, 2014)

“Is Democracy in Retreat?”, article from The American Interest (Jun. 11, 2013)

Forum Events

“The Authoritarian Resurgence: China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Iran,” International Forum for Democratic Studies (Apr. 23, 2015)

“Russia’s Political System: The Drama of Decay,” 11th Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World, Embassy of Canada (Oct. 29, 2014)

“Is Democracy Possible in Russia?”, International Forum for Democratic Studies (Oct. 30, 2014)

Forum Publications

“The Authoritarian Resurgence: Forward to the Past in Russia,” Journal of Democracy (Apr. 2015)

“Russia’s Political System: Imperialism and Decay,” Journal of Democracy (Jan. 2015)

“The Maidan and Beyond: The Russia Factor,” Journal of Democracy (Jul. 2014)

“Putinism Under Siege? Implosion, Atrophy, or Revolution?” Journal of Democracy (Jul. 2012)