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.
Mark Leonard talks to Andrew Wilson and Kadri Liik about the outcome of the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, what it means for Ukraine, and how Europe should react to the protests in Kyiv.
Bookshelf: Great Games, Local Rules The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia by Alexander Cooley, Virtual Politics - Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World by Andrew Wilson, Everyday Saints and Other Stories by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov).
"The world in 30 minutes" is a brand new ECFR podcast on the ideas, policies and trends that will shape the world. In this first pilot episode Mark Leonard talks to Daniel Levy and Kadri Liik about Iran, the crisis in Syria, the role of Russia, and what it all means for European foreign policy.
Bookshelf recommendations: A Very Perfect Instrument - The ferocity and failure of America’s sanctions apparatus by Andrew Cockburn; The Passions and the Interests by Albert Hirschman and Letters from Russia by Marquis de Custine.
Kadri Liik - 05 May 2013
Vladimir Putin may still be the most popular politician in Russia, but his system of government is showing certain signs of weakness one year after returning to power.
Joint military operations in Syria have brought Russia and Iran relations closer than at any point since World War II.
by Various authors - 09th June, 2016
Europe shouldn’t be afraid of Russian and Chinese efforts to integrate the Eurasian landmass, but should absorb them into its international order
by Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison , Anthony Dworkin, Francisco de Borja Lasheras, Ellie Geranmayeh , François Godement, Andrew Hammond, Daniel Levy, Kadri Liik , Angela Stanzel, Rachel Tausendfreund, Mattia Toaldo, Andrew Wilson - 29th January, 2015
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with James McGann, senior lecturer in International Studies and director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR's research director and Kadri Liik, ECFR's senior fellow, on the threats and challenges that think tanks face in Trump's world.
The podcast was recorded on 2 March 2017.
James McGann, The Fifth Estate: Think Tanks, Public Policy, and Governance
James McGann, Global Think Tanks: Policy Networks and Governance
David Cecil, The Young Melbourne
Stuart Jeffries, Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses with Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR Sofia office, and Aslı Aydıntaşbaş & Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellows, how US President Trump could subvert the European security order along 3 dimensions: NATO, Russia and Turkey.
The podcast was recorded on 25 January 2017.
Philip Roth, The Plot against America
Dan Harris, 10% Happier
Jürgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century
Podcast de la conférence "Eurasian integration: going anywhere?", organisée en collaboration avec le CERI de Sciences Po, avec Bayram Balci, ingénieur de recherche au CNRS, chercheur au CERI et à l’Institut français d’études anatoliennes d’Istanbul, Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow pour le programme Wider Europe de l’ECFR, Mathieu Duchâtel, Senior Policy Fellow et directeur adjoint du programme Asie et Chine de l’ECFR, et modérée par Adrien Fauve, post-doctoral fellow au CERI.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Policy Fellows Stefan Soesanto, Kadri Liik and Gustav Gressel on Russia's interferences in Western politics.
The podcast was recorded on 5 January 2017.
Maurice Paléologue, An Ambassador’s Memoirs
Harvey Pitcher, Witnesses Of The Russian Revolution
Timothy Snyder, Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
Michael Hayden, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
The GCHQ Puzzle Book
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Senior Policy Fellows Kadri Liik, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Anthony Dworkin about the Syrian situation and the prospects of a political solution.
This discussion is followed by an interview with Piotr Buras, head of ECFR Warsaw office, on the current political crisis in Poland.
The podcast was recorded on 21 December 2016.
Rosa Brooks - How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. A Reluctant Peacenik View from the Inside of the Military Complex
Henry Kissinger - World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
Christian Welzel - Freedom Rising
Ian Clarkson - Praising Change
ECFR’s policy fellows are also grateful for your book recommendations – just email us!
Donald Trump's presidency will be the end of global politics as we know it. Fredrik Wesslau, Director of ECFR's Wider Europe Programme and senior policy fellow, Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs journal and Academic Director of Valdai, and Kadri Liik, senior policy fellow at ECFR weigh in on what Trump's election might mean for US-Russia relations, Europe's relationship with Russia and the end of the Post-Cold War era. The podcast was recorded on 24 November 2016.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard first speaks with David Sanger, journalist from the New York Times, about what Donald Trump would mean for the future of the United States, and the NATO alliance. In the second part of the podcast he speaks with Kadri Liik and Ellie Geranmayeh about the new “power couple” Russia and Iran, and their relations in the Middle East. The podcast was recorded on the 15 and 27 September 2016.
The new power couple: Russia and Iran in the Middle East by Ellie Geranmayeh and Kadri Liik