Dr. Alina Polyakova

Board Member

David M. Rubenstein Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution

Dr. Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe and Adjunct Professor of European studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Polyakova is a recognized expert on Russian foreign policy, US-Russia-Europe relations, and Russian political warfare. She is also the author of the 2015 book, The Dark Side of European Integration, which examines the rise of far-right political parties in Europe. Polyakova has written extensively on Russia in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent commentator on Fox News, CNN, BBC and elsewhere.

A former Fulbright scholar, Polyakova previously served as Director of Research and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and as a Senior Research Fellow and Professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland, in addition to holding fellowships from the National Science Foundation among others.

Polyakova earned her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.