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 the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her research focuses on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Baltic region.
Before joining ECFR in October 2012, Liik 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, Liik 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.
Liik holds a BA in Journalism from Tartu University (Estonia) and an MA in International Relations specialising in diplomacy from Lancaster University.
Kadri Liik - 29 January, 2015
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…
Arkady Ostrovsky, Moscow Correspondent for The Economist, and Mark Leonard, director of ECFR, discuss whether Europe should forge a new post-Crimea relationship with Russia through the Eurasian Economic Union engaging Moscow through economic competition rather than military…
29 January, 2015
The fifth edition of ECFR's Foreign Policy Scorecard examines EU's response to a year of crisis.
Maria Lipman, ECFR visiting fellow and former editor-in-chief of the Pro et Contra journal, and Kadri Liik, ECFR senior policy fellow, discuss the cultural implications of Russia's anti-Western stance.
Kadri Liik - 17 December, 2014
Kadri Liik, ECFR senior policy fellow and expert on Russian foreign policy, talks about her recent policy memo "What will happen with eastern Ukraine?", and about how the EU should act in relation to the current stalemate in eastern Ukraine.
Kadri Liik - 28 November, 2014
On the anniversary of the Vilnius Summit, it is clear that the EU had no better options than the ones it chose.
3 October, 2014
The EU is ill-equipped to respond to foreign policy crises.
ECFR Experten kommentieren die Zukunft der Östlichen Partnerschaft.
19 August, 2014
Quali saranno le conseguenze globali di lungo periodo della crisi ucraina? Questa è la domanda a cui gli esperti dei Programmi ECFR hanno cercato di dare una risposta, redigendo una lista delle 10 conseguenze più significative.
16 June, 2014
Russian actions and Western responses to them could accelerate the unwinding of the current international order
by Kadri Liik - 19th November, 2019
Russia’s new generation of foreign policy professionals bring with them a shift in attitudes that challenges centrality of “the West” in Russian foreign policy.
by Kadri Liik, Momchil Metodiev, and Nicu Popescu - 30th May, 2019
by Kadri Liik - 21st May, 2018
The path to winning the normative war will not go so much through countering Russia as through improving Europe’s resilience and reinvigorating its model
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
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
Kadri Liik - 25 May, 2020
Kadri Liik presented her latest policy brief "The last of the offended: Russia’s first post-Putin diplomats" in a webinar organised by the Rome Office on 25 May 2020. Russia’s new generation of foreign policy professionals brings with them a shift in attitudes…
9 April, 2020
How is Russia dealing with covid-19? What impact does the pandemic have on the other underlying political issues in Russia – such as the change of the constitution and Putin’s decision to essentially stay in power until 2036? Our ECFR experts also point out the…
It came as a surprise when Russia’s government resigned just hours after Putin’s announced his plans for a possible referendum of constitutional changes. Host Mark Leonard is joined by Kadri Liik and Gustav Gressel to elaborate on the recent political changes that…
In this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard, Gustav Gressel and Kadri Liik analyse Macron’s plans and ideas for recreating the European security order, an initiative which he launched with a speech at the Ambassador’s conference this year. Moreover, according to…
Jeremy Shapiro is standing in for the regular host Mark Leonard and discusses the current situation in Crimea and relations between Russia and Ukraine with ECFR experts Kadri Liik and Nicu Popsecu. The podcast was recorded on 13 March 2019. EU Radio is now also broadcasting…
26 November, 2018
Mark Leonard speaks with Andrew Wilson, Kadri Liik and Nicu Popescu about the Kerch Strait ship capture, what this means and how the international community could react to the latest tensions. The podcast was recorded on 26 November 2018. Bookshelf: The Cuckoo's Egg:…
12 April, 2018
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Asli Aydintasbas, Kadri Liik, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about how the international community might respond. Bookshelf: Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story by Henry Morgenthau Joseph Conrad: A Biography by Jeffrey…
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. Bookshelf: The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization by Professor Peter…