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


Kadri Liik on the future of eastern Ukraine (Podcast)

17th December, 2014

Kadri Liik, ECFR senior policy fellow and expert on Russian foreign policy, talks about her recent policy memo "What will happen with eastern Ukraine?", and about how the EU should act in relation to the current stalemate in eastern Ukraine.

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What will happen with Eastern Ukraine?

by Andrew Wilson & Kadri Liik - 05th December, 2014

The situation in eastern Ukraine is only a temporary stalemate.

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What else could we have done? Ukraine after Vilnius (Commentary)

by Kadri Liik - 28th November, 2014

On the anniversary of the Vilnius Summit, it is clear that the EU had no better options than the ones it chose. 

Cover: Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

by Daniel Levy & François Godement & Kadri Liik & Mark Leonard & Nick Witney & Vessela Tcherneva - 03rd October, 2014

The EU is ill-equipped to respond to foreign policy crises.

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Ten global consequences of the Ukraine crisis (Commentary)

by Anthony Dworkin & Daniel Levy & François Godement & Kadri Liik & Mark Leonard & Piotr Buras - 16th June, 2014

Russian actions and Western responses to them could accelerate the unwinding of the current international order

Cover: Russia’s “pivot” to Eurasia

Russia’s “pivot” to Eurasia

by Kadri Liik - 29th May, 2014

Essay collection discussion motivation behind Russia's turn to Eurasia



ECFR’s World in 30 minutes: Syria and Russia (Podcast)

17th April, 2014

Mark Leonard talks to Wider Europe expert Kadri Liik and Middle East expert Julien Barnes-Dacy about nationalism and world view in Russia and Syria.


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ECFR reports: Crimea and Ukraine (Podcast)

19th March, 2014

Stefan Meister and Kadri Liik examine the situation in Crimea and Ukraine, covering issues such as the response of the EU and the impact on other former Soviet states.

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