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 joined ECFR’s Wider Europe Programme as a Senior Policy Fellow in October 2012.

From 2006-2011, Kadri was director of the International Centre for Defence Studies in Estonia, where she also worked as a senior researcher and director of the Centre’s Lennart Meri Conference. Kadri worked extensively as a Moscow correspondent for several Estonian daily papers in the 1990s including Postimees, the largest Estonian daily, Eesti Päevaleht and the Baltic News Service. She became Foreign News editor at Postimees in 2002 before leaving in 2004 to become editor-in-cheif at the monthly magazineDiplomaatia. She was also host of“Välismääraja”, a current affairs talkshow at Raadio Kuku in Tallinn.

Kadri holds a B.A. in journalism from Tartu University in Estonia and an M.A. in International Relations, specialising in diplomacy, from Lancaster University. In addition to her native Estonian, Kadri is fluent in English and Russian.


Latest from Kadri Liik

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.


- Steffen Hertog: Princes, Brokers and Bureaucrates: Oil and the State in Saudi Arabia

- Michael Axworthy: Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

- Alexander Dugin: Geopolitika Postmoderna


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.

Putin's new world order: Ukraine after the referendum (Commentary)

by Jana Kobzova & Kadri Liik & Stefan Meister - 18th March, 2014

Three pieces by ECFR's leading Wider Europe experts on the current situation in Ukraine, Putin's appeal for a new world order, and Germany's crucial role within the EU.

Putin’s New World Order (Commentary)

by Kadri Liik - 18th March, 2014

Putin also wants a world order based on different principles, and this is what makes Putin’s previous actions logical and understandable.

How can the EU impose costs on Russia? (Commentary)

by Andrew Wilson & Kadri Liik & Stefan Meister & Mark Leonard & Vessela Tcherneva - 03rd March, 2014

The key challenge for the West is to deter any possible Russian action in Eastern Ukraine, and pursue a twin-track policy aimed at de-escalation.

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