Alina Polyakova is an expert on transatlantic relations with expertise on European politics, Russian foreign policy, and digital technologies. She is currently the President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis.
Before joining CEPA, Dr. Polyakova 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's writing on Russian political warfare, European security, digital authoritarianism, and the implications of emerging technologies to democracies has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic. She has appeared on Fox News, CNN, and BBC. Her first book, "The Dark Side of European Integration," was published in 2015.
Dr Polyakova 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 received her B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Emory University, AND HER M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.