Dr. Marie Mendras is a political scientist in Russian studies with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and professor at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs. In 2019, she was a visiting scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University, and in 2016-17 Kennan Institute expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center. She was an Associate Fellow at Chatham House in 2011-16, and professor at the London School of Economics in 2008-9. In 2010, she served as Directrice de la Prospective at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In earlier years, she was a permanent consultant for the Policy Planning Staff of the MFA. She also carried several election observation missions in Russia and Ukraine in the 1990s and 2000s.
Dr. Mendras is the author, among other works, of Russian Politics. The Paradox of a Weak State (2012), “Russian Elites Worry. The Unpredictability of Putinism” (2016), “Le chantage à la guerre ”, Esprit, June 2021, “The Sinking Legitimacy of Vladimir Putin’s Presidency”, Baltic Rim Economies, October 2021. She was educated at Sciences Po Paris, INALCO, SAIS – Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and holds a PhD from Sciences Po.