Alexander Rahr

Alexander Rahr

M.A. from Munich State University (1988) in East European History, Modern History, Political Science. Career: Researcher Analyst, Senior Researcher Analyst, Research Institute of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Munich (1982-1994); Project Leader, long term study on Soviet elite, Federal Institute for East European and International Studies, Cologne (1977-1986); Political Consultant, Rand Corporation, Santa Monica (1986-1991); Researcher Analyst, Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn (1994-1995); Head, Program Director, Russia/Eurasia, German Council on Foreign Relations, (1995- ).

Other affiliations, posts: Fellowship, USSR parliament, Moscow (1990); Fellowship, Institute for East-West Security Studies, New York (1990-1991); Regular commentator for Deutsche Welle, Radio Liberty, BBC; Consultant to the General Secretary of the Council of Europe (1993-98); Anchorman, TV-Program “Europe today”, Deutsche Welle (1999-2000); Coordinator, Russia-EU Forum for foreign and security policy (initiated by the EU Commission, now in cooperation with the Russian Presidential Administration) (1999- ); Member, Editorial Board, journal “Vestnik analitiki”, Moscow (2002- ); Member, Steering Committee, Petersburg Dialogue (2003- ); Honorary Professorship, Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO) (2003- ); Head, Working Group on Kaliningrad, German Council on Foreign Relations (2002- ). Awards: Federal Merit Cross (2003), Lomonosov Medal (2005). Books: Biographical books in German: „Gorbatschow. Der neue Mann“, Muenchen 1987 (2nd edition); „Wladimir Putin.

Der Deutsche im Kreml“, Muenchen 2000 (3rd edition, 2002). Experience: Leading expert on the post-soviet region in Germany; extensive network building in Russia and other CIS countries; organization of regular international conferences and seminars with high-level politicians from Russia, Germany, EU; monitoring and analyzing of situation in post-soviet space; extensive travels into countries of the post-soviet space; high-level contacts up to presidential levels, long year experience of cooperation with local politicians, scientists, analysts, journalists.


Jürgen Fitschen, Member of the Deutsche Bank Executive Committee, 8th Yalta Annual Meeting, 2011
«Increased demand without solution to the debt problem can not provide an effective way out of the crisis »