Experts & Staff

Kadri Liik

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Russian, Estonian
Areas of Expertise: Russian domestic and foreign policy, relations between Russia and the West, the Baltic Sea area, Eastern Europe

Kadri Liik is a senior policy fellow at ECFR.

Before joining ECFR in October 2012, Kadri was the director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Estonia from 2006 until 2011, where she also worked as a senior researcher and director of the Centre’s Lennart Meri Conference.

Throughout the 1990s, Kadri worked as a Moscow correspondent for several Estonian daily papers, including the highest-circulation daily in Estonia, Postimees, as well as Eesti Päevaleht and the Baltic News Service. In 2002, she became the foreign news editor at Postimees. In 2004, she left to become editor-in-chief at the monthly foreign affairs magazine, Diplomaatia. She was also the host of “Välismääraja”, a current affairs talkshow at Raadio Kuku in Tallinn.

Kadri has a BA in Journalism from Tartu University, Estonia, and an MA in International Relations, specialising in diplomacy, from Lancaster University. 


Latest from Kadri Liik

Putin and the FIFA scandal (Commentary)

by Kadri Liik - 29th May, 2015

The Russian president’s reaction to the corruption charges is part of a battle over global rules of political order.

Introduction to 'View from the EaP Countries' series (Commentary)

by Kadri Liik - 19th May, 2015

Three dilemmas that illustrate the complexities of the Eastern Partnership.


ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: Riga Summit (Podcast)

18th May, 2015

ECFR's director Mark Leonard speaks to Ian Bond, director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Reform, and ECFR Senior Policy Fellow’s Kadri Liik and Andrew Wilson. They take a look at the Eastern Partnership summit, which will take place in Riga on the 20th and 21st May 2015, and whether we can expect any major changes.


The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Prof. Serhii Plokhy

Putin’s Kleptocracy – Who Owns Russia? By Karen Dawisha

Frozen: The politics and economics of sanctions against Russia by Ian Bond, Christian Odendahl and Jennifer Rankin

The next battle for Ukraine series by Gustav Grassel, Kadri Liik and Andrew Wilson

The diplomatic battle for Ukraine (Commentary)

by Kadri Liik - 27th April, 2015

The Minsk agreement was vague on some key points of disagreement between Kyiv and Moscow, and the fight over how to interpret its provisions is escalating.


ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: Ukraine and Belarus (Podcast)

14th April, 2015

With an EU-Ukraine summit coming up this month, in this episode of World in 30 Minutes Mark Leonard, Director of ECFR, speaks to Kadri Liik and Vessela Tcherneva from ECFR's Wider Europe Programme, and Carl Bildt, co-chair and former Foreign Minister of Sweden. They discuss their recent study trip to Kiev and Minsk were they met with the Ukrainian president Poroshenko, Maidan activists, think-tanks and ministers.


Ukraine Crisis: What it means for the West by Andrew Wilson

Stalin by Stephen Kotkin

The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB by Christopher M. Andrew


ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: Scorecard 2015 (Podcast)

05th February, 2015

In this episode of World in 30 Minutes Mark Leonard, Director of ECFR, and the three experts Susi Dennison, Kadri Liik and Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, take a look at the Scorecard 2015 publication and discuss the highlights and low points of EU foreign policy in 2014.


The Limits of Partnership by Angela Stent

European Spring by Philippe Legrain

On Populist Reason by Ernesto Laclau


Scorecard 2015 publication - Kadri Liik on Chapter 1: Russia (Podcast)

29th January, 2015

Russia's annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Eastern Ukraine turned EU-Russia relations from problematic into an urgent strategic problem. Kadri Liik, ECFR senior policy fellow and author of the 1st chapter called Russia from our European foreign policy publication Scorecard 2015, speaks about last year's challenges and what the EU could have done better. 


After the post-Cold War order A new EU-Russia relationship (Podcast)

29th January, 2015

Arkady Ostrovsky, Moscow Correspondent for The Economist, and Mark Leonard, director of ECFR, discuss whether Europe should forge a new post-Crimea relationship with Russia through the Eurasian Economic Union engaging Moscow through economic competition rather than military confrontation.

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