Dr. Alina Polyakova

President & CEO

Dr. Alina Polyakova is President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Dr. Polyakova is a recognized expert on transatlantic relations with over a decade of leadership experience and deep expertise on European politics, Russian foreign policy, and digital technologies. Before joining CEPA, she was the Founding Director for Global Democracy and Emerging Technology at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she served as Director of Research for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council, where she developed and led the institute’s work on disinformation and Russia.

Dr. Polyakova writes extensively on Russian political warfare, European security, digital authoritarianism, and the implications of emerging technologies to democracies. She is the author of the book, The Dark Side of European Integration, and of a large number of major reports on disinformation and democracy in Europe. She is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic, and commentator in major media outlets, including Fox News, CNN, and BBC.

She has held numerous prestigious fellowships, including at the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Foundation, among others. She also serves on the board of the Free Russia Foundation and the Institute of Modern Russia and is adjunct professor of European studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Dr. Polyakova holds a Ph.D. and MA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Economics and Sociology from Emory University. She is fluent in Russian and German.

Written by Dr. Alina Polyakova

In an Increasingly Digital World, Old Political Fault Lines Blur As democracies target tech, authoritarian states are using digital innovation to keep their hold on power.
Black Sea Security: Reviving US Policy Toward the Region CEPA President and CEO, Dr. Alina Polyakova, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on US policy toward the Black Sea Region
A Call to Arms — The U.S. and EU Must Confront Digital Authoritarianism Europe and the United States must seize this moment to heal the transatlantic rift over technology policy
Why Biden Must Make Putin Uncomfortable in Geneva Only by making clear to Moscow where redlines exist and the consequences of violating them, can any form of stability be obtained
Disputes Mar the EU’s Struggle to Regulate Tech The Digital Markets Act is an ambitious effort to prop up European tech companies, which have underperformed in driving innovation
With New Sanctions on Russia, U.S. Sets Up Escalation Ladder The Biden Administration’s actions send a message to President Putin that there are costs to bad behavior