Alexander Baunov

Senior Associate
Editor in Chief of
Moscow Center
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Baunov is a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of


MA, Moscow State University, 1995


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Alexander Baunov is a senior associate at the Carnegie Moscow Center and editor in chief of

Before joining Carnegie, Baunov spent five years working as a senior editor at the independent news website, where he worked since its launch. Baunov has written on a wide variety of international and domestic topics, including modern Russian ideology, Russian foreign policy, Russia’s place in the modern world, Ukraine, the European economic crisis, the Arab Spring, and the 2011–2012 Moscow protests.

Before joining, Baunov was a reporter for Russian Newsweek, where he later headed the magazine’s team of international reporters. He has reported from a variety of places, including the polar areas of Norway, South Africa, Japan, and Chile.

Baunov turned to reporting after five years of service at the Russian Foreign Ministry, during which time he spent a number of years posted in Athens. This was in part due to his Master’s degree in Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Literature from Moscow State University in 1995.

In 2013, he was on the short list for the PolitProsvet journalism award and headed the award’s selection committee the following year.

Baunov is the author of WikiLeaks: Backdoor Diplomacy (Moscow, 2011).

  • Commentary April 28, 2016 Русский
    The Static Regime: Russia’s Reversion from Popular Autocracy

    Russia has generally been a static autocracy throughout its history, rejecting the dynamic popular activism of Mao’s China or revolutionary China. The hybrid war in the Donbas was the occasion for a flirtation with extreme politics led from below. But the Kremlin has reverted to the norm, sensing the danger of giving its most loyal supporters too much power.

  • Commentary April 12, 2016 Русский
    Dutch Unease: Why the Netherlands Turned Away From Ukraine

    The Dutch didn’t reject the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine because they are sympathetic to Russia. They rejected it because they believe that Ukraine, like Russia, is unprepared to join the European community.

  • Commentary March 15, 2016 Русский
    A Well-Timed Retreat: Russia Pulls Back From Syria

    President Putin’s announcement that he is pulling back from Syria should not have come as a big surprise. He believes he has met most of his goals there—many of which have nothing to do with Syria itself. Russia has found a way back to the table where the world’s board of directors sits and resolves regional conflicts together.

  • Commentary February 15, 2016 Русский
    The Pope and the Patriarch: Russia’s Search for the Right West

    The Western political establishment is hostile to Russia. This makes it all the more important to demonstrate that the Western religious establishment is more sympathetic. Regardless of Putin’s aims, the meeting between Pope and Patriarch has become a landmark event in the history of Christianity.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Affairs February 2, 2016
    More Putin than Putin

    Ramzan Kadyrov is setting himself up to be an alternative to Putin, an improved version of the original. But the original rarely forgives the man who dares to copy him.

  • Commentary January 12, 2016 Русский
    From Isolation to the Board of Directors: Why Russia Supported the United States at the UN

    The goal was to return to the club where the destiny of the world is being discussed, not as an ally (because given the current economic disparity, one could only be a subordinate ally) but as a “partner”—a word that is invariably spoken in Russia with phonetic quotation marks: a disobedient, sometimes blunt neighbor with whom considerations of the world order must be shared.

  • Commentary November 18, 2015 Русский
    Paris, Russia, and the New Borders of Darkness

    The Paris attacks signify the broadening of an “area of darkness,” of places targeted by the Islamic State, into Europe. The jihadists are not making a distinction between Russia and France. This compels Russians and Europeans to reflect on what they have in common despite their many differences.

  • Commentary November 6, 2015 Русский
    The Concert of Vienna: Russia’s New Strategy

    Russia sees the renewal of diplomacy on Syria as a chance to lose the status of international pariah. It has found relevance by getting involved in a crisis where Western strategy is full of holes.

  • Commentary September 30, 2015 Русский
    Putin’s Rhetorical Call to Arms

    Vladimir Putin is making a bid to regain global respectability by leading a fight against ISIS and evoking the anti-Hitler coalition of World War II. The West is yet to be convinced that the appeal to be “brothers-in-arms” is serious.

  • Commentary August 20, 2015 Русский
    Cultural Terrorism in Moscow: The Enemies of Classical Art in Russia and their Protectors

    A brazen attack by Christian conservatives on an art exhibition in central Moscow evoked measured criticism from the Russian authorities. But their appeal of the attackers to archaic and anti-modern values is only an extreme form of current Russian state ideology.

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