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.
"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.
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
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 this podcast on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 9am CET every week. You can listen to the station at euradio.fr.
We need to talk about Putin by Mark Galeotti
History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky
The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
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.
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage by Cliff Stoll
Why doctors hate their computers by Atul Gawande
Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President - What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know by Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Network Propaganda - Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics by Yochai Benkler, Robert Faris, and Hal Roberts
Distant love by Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
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?"