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.
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.
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.
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 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
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