Igor Torbakov

Igor Torbakov

Senior Associate Research Fellow

Igor Torbakov is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University and Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. A trained historian, he specializes in Russian and Eurasian history and politics.

He was a Research Scholar at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow; a Visiting Scholar at the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) in Washington, DC; a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University; a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University; a Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study; a Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki; and a Visiting Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.

He holds an MA in History from Moscow State University and a PhD from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. His recent publications discuss the history of Russian nationalism, the links between Russia´s domestic politics and foreign policy, Russia´s and Turkey´s geopolitical concepts, Russian-Ukrainian relations, and the politics of history and memory wars in Eastern Europe.

Areas of expertise:                                                                                                                        History of Russia and Eastern Europe, Russian intellectual history, history of Russian nationalism, Russia-Turkey relations.


"The Past as Present: Foreign Relations and Russia´s Poltics of History" (pdf)

"Managing imperial peripheries - Russia and China in Central Asia" (pdf) 

"Ukraine and Russia: Entangled Histories, Contested Identities and War of Narratives" (pdf)

"The European Union, Russia, and the in-between Europe. Managing interdependence" (pdf)

"A parting of ways? The Kremlin leadership and Russia's new-generation nationalist thinking" (pdf)




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