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.
03rd December, 2013
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).
17th October, 2013
"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.
by Kadri Liik - 05th 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.
08th March, 2013
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 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
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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 Eeverything 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
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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.Listen online
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 LiikListen online
Russia has been riding roughshod over international law since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. This was followed by its interventions in eastern Ukraine and Syria along with the recent judgment of the Russian Constitutional Court which emphasizes the priority of the Russian constitution over the European Convention on Human Rights. But what is the thinking that lies behind these actions? Lauri Mälksoo, professor of international law at the University of Tartu and director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, gives his opinion. Chair: Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow.Listen online
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and ECFR board member, Sir Robert Cooper, former Director-General for External and Politico-Military Affairs at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, and Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow, about the multiple crises Europe is facing and how they might be interrelated.
All the Kremlin’s men by Mikhail Zygar
The anatomy of a moment by Javier Cercas
Soldier of Salamis by Javier Cercas
The passage to Europe – how a continent became a union by Luuk van Middelaar
The industries of the future by Alec RossListen online
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Stefan Kornelius, head of the international section of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and with ECFR senior policy fellows, Kadri Liik and Sebastian Dullien, about the biggest leak in whistleblower history.
The Panama Papers show how corruption really works in Russia by Mark GaleottiListen online