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Maxim Bratersky

  • Maxim Bratersky has been at HSE University since 2004.

Education and Degrees

  • 2006

    Doctor of Sciences* in Political Science
    Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

  • 2006

    Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

  • 1989

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1984

    Degree in Foreign language
    Zhdanov Leningrad State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Professional interests

  • Russia's foreign policy
  • U.S. foreign policy
  • International relations of Asia

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2020, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014

Courses (2023/2024)

Editorial board membership

2014: Member of the Editorial Board, Актуальные проблемы Европы.



Articles and book chapters81


Working papers1

Preprint Bratersky M., Krickovic A., Gokmen G. It's Not the Economy Stupid! Is Russia-US Trade Really Underdeveloped? A Test Using Gravity Models / Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ. Series IR "International Relations". 2016.

Employment history

Maxim Bratersky is a Professor of Department of International Relations at the Higher School of Economics and director of IMESS double-degree Masters Program at HSE. He graduated from Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) University with a degree in Oriental Languages and worked for several years as interpreter and translator, published a book of translations of Hindi short stories. In 1987 he joined the Institute of US and Canada Studies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences and received his first doctorate in History of International Relations there. In 1993 – 2004 he worked at Stanford University, School of Social Sciences and Humanities as Director of Stanford’s Moscow based Program and taught as Visiting Professor there as well. In 2004 he joined the Higher School of Economics, in 2005 defended his Habilitation in International Relations. He is the author of What is What in International Relations (co-authoredMoscow, HSE, 2015 (forthcoming) (in Russian), Russia and China in Eurasian Integration (co-authored). Moscow, 2015 (in Russian), Economic Instruments of Russian Foreign Policy (2012) (in Russian), Economic Instruments of Foreign Policy & Political Risks Moscow, HSE. 2010 (in Russian).

Timetable for today

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Students of HSE Double-Degree Programmes Top London Exams Again

The results of exams organized by the University of London (UoL) and the London School of Economics (LSE, a constituent college of UoL) have been announced. Students of HSE ICEF, the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Relations (WEIA) and the HSE Faculty of Computer Science (FCS) have achieved the highest grades in a variety of subjects and confirmed their reputation as the top representatives of international programmes. Fourteen HSE students received awards for their academic achievements.

‘Our Performance Is Only the Beginning’

Students of the HSE and University of London Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations earned some of the highest scores worldwide on the exams that the University of London administers at its foreign partner universities.

M.V. Bratersky G.I. Kutyrev Article in the “Strategic Analysis” journal

Maxim Bratersky, Professor of the Department of International Relations and Researcher of the Department of International Relations Georgy Kutyrev publish the article “The BRICS Trade Union and the Emerging Russia-India-China Security Agenda” in the scientific journal “Strategic Analysis” (Q2).

International conference “Modernization of Governance: Perspectives from Russia and China”

The international conference “Modernization of Governance: Perspectives from Russia and China” was held at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, Higher School of Economics. On September 30, a delegation of scientists from Zhejiang University, China, visited the Higher School of Economics at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs. During the visit, a joint conference as well as a scientific seminar were organized.

The Visit of Mark Beeson to the Higher School of Economics

Professor of the University of Western Australia Mark Beeson delivered a series of open lectures at the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics in the framework of the HSE Visiting Scholar Visits Support Programme and with the participation of the International Laboratory of World Order Studies and New Regionalism.

The annual International Winter School for foreign students has finished

From January 21 to January 31, 2019 in HSE buildings on Myasnitskaya 20, Myasnitskaya 9/11 and Armenian pereulok 4 International Winter School was held. It was organized by the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs.

‘In Russian the Word “Justice” Is Not Associated with the Word “War”’

Researchers from the Higher School of Economics have begun working with the research centre of the French Saint-Cyr Military Academy (École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr) on the moral and political issues of modern-day warfare. One part of this partnership was a conference devoted to just war theory and problems with combating terrorism. Below, Faculty of Humanities Professor Boris Kashnikov, also a participant of the conference, tells Scholar Viewpoint whether there can be justice in war and how scholars of the humanities are able to work together with the military.

The conference "After the end of Revolution: Constitutional Order Amid the Crisis of Democracy"

On the 1st and 2nd of September a joint conference took place between NRU HSE and the Telos-Paul Piccone Institute. It’s subject: "After the End of Revolution: The Constitutional Order of the Amid the Crisis of Democracy" was heavily debated at the Higher School of Economics campus. 

HSE Summer University 2016 Is Accepting Applications

Like any major academic institution, the Higher School of Economics offers teaching in both traditional educational programmes and various shorter formats. The Summer University which began two years ago and gives students from other universities the chance to attend additional courses during the summer vacation, falls into the second category. It provides opportunities to study with particular professors and helps students decide how to pursue their academic interests in the future.

New book authored by the Program faculty forthcoming

Fundamental Dictionary of International Politics "What is What in World Politics" edited by prof. Maxim Bratersky is coming out of print in December.

Korean Students in Moscow: Understanding Modern Russia

From July 4 to 25, the HSE Summer University welcomed thirty Korean students from the Seoul National University who had come to study Russian and learn more about modern life in Russia as part of SNU’s programme in Moscow.

Global Governance: Nominal, Real and Alternative Structures

On November 19-20, 2014 HSE hosted a conference on Global Governance: Nominal, Real and Alternative Structures. The conference was largely focused on the paradigm shift in geopolitical and geoeconomic structures of the modern world, as well as the underlying causes and long-term implications of such changes.

‘My Time in the Summer University Was Such a Discovery’

The Summer University at the Higher School of Economics, which brought 42 students from 11 countries together for six weeks, has ended. Students of all ages who studied at the university spoke about their impressions of the HSE, the unexpected knowledge they gained, and about continuing education in general.

Discovering Entrepreneurship

An international Summer school organized by the HSE Laboratory for Entrepreneurship Research and the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS) at the University of Twente (Enschede), the Netherlands, was held this August. Alexander Chepurenko, Academic Supervisor of the Laboratory and Dean of the HSE Faculty of Sociology, told us about this school.