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.
Kadri Liik - 19 May 2015
Three dilemmas that illustrate the complexities of the Eastern Partnership.
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
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
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
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.
by Almut Möller with case studies by Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Sebastian Dullien & Kadri Liik - 30th May, 2017
In the federal election year, Germans are ready to give new European solutions a strong boost and take more risks
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
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Asli Aydintasbas, Kadri Liik, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about how the international community might respond.
Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story by Henry Morgenthau
Joseph Conrad: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers
Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
La mondialisation des pauvres by Armelle Choplin and Olivier Pliez
Alone in the desert? How France can lead Europe in the Middle East by Manuel Lafont Rapnouil
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Kadri Liik and Sebastian Dullien about the consequences of the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK, and the eruption of an EU-US trade war.
The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization by Professor Peter van den Bossche
Liquid Surveillance by Zygmunt Bauman and David Lyon
Mark Leonard, Asli Aydintasbas, Kadri Liik and Jeremy Shapiro, discuss Turkey's offensive near the Syria-Turkey boarder, the future of US-Turkey relations and Russia's role in the region. The podcast was recorded on 23 January 2018.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses Trump's foreign policy and its global consequences with ECFR's research director, Jeremy Shapiro, ECFR's Russia expert, Kadri Liik and ECFR's China expert, Francois Godement.
The podcast was recorded on 10th November 2017.
Stein Ringen, The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century
Vladimir Sorokin, Day of the Oprichnik
George F. Kennan, Russia Leaves the War
Jeremy Shapiro, "The transatlantic meaning of Donald Trump: a US-EU Power Audit" (2017)
Jeremy Shapiro, "Towards a post-American Europe: A Power Audit of EU-US Relations" (2009)
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses peacekeeping in Ukraine and the EU's Russia policy with ECFR's Russia expert, Kadri Liik and ECFR's Ukraine expert Andrew Wilson.
The podcast was recorded on 3rd November 2017.
Stephen Kotkin, Stalin, Vol. II: Waiting for Hitler, 1928–1941
Anne Applebaum, Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine
Yuri Slezkine, The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
Carl Bildt, "Is Peace in Donbas possible?"
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with ECFR's policy fellows Kadri Liik and Julien Barnes-Dacey about Trump's air strikes on Syria and what they mean for the other actors involved.
The podcast was recorded over the phone on 7th April 2017.
Anton Shekhovtsov, Russia and the Western Far Right: Tango Noir
Maxine David, National Perspectives on Russia
Philippe Sands, East West Street
Philipp Howard, Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up
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