Dr Igor Sutyagin
Position: Research Fellow, Russian Studies
Dr. Igor Sutyagin's research is concerned with US-Russian relations, strategic armaments developments and broader nuclear arms control, anti-ballistic missile defense systems.
Prior to joining RUSI, Dr Sutyagin completed his PhD in History of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Moscow Institute for the USA and Canada Studies (Russian Academy of Science), which was supervised by Professor Andrey Kokoshin. His thesis explored the US Navy's role in carrying out the US foreign policy tasks throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He has written extensively on nuclear and conventional arms control, including naval arms control, safety and security of nuclear weapons, modernization and development of modern armaments as well as issues associated with ABM systems and their stabilising influence upon of the US-Russian relationship. He has authored over 100 articles and booklets published in the Soviet Union/Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. He is also the co-author of the book Russian Strategic Nuclear Weapons. Igor worked at the Institute of US and Canadian Studies for 12 years at the Political-Military Studies Department where he held the position of the Head of Section, the US military-technical and military-economy policy.
Igor has a PhD in History of Foreign Policy and International Relations (1995) from the Institute for US and Canadian Studies in Moscow and a Masters Degree in Radio-physics and Electronics from the Physics Department, Moscow State University (1988).
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
Crime and Punishment: Why Was the Russian Defence Minister Sacked?
12 Dec 2012
The recent dismissal of the Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, over Putin's public objections, brings into question the Russian President's control over the Russian elite. It also reveals latent tensions between the reformers and traditionalists within Russiaís defence establishment.
Why Putin Did Not Go to Camp David
27 Jul 2012
Vladimir Putinís reluctance to leave Moscow to attend the recent G8 summit can be seen as a clear sign that his grip on power is weakening
Putin's Russia is No Syria
27 Mar 2012
Recent events in Russia have shown that Putin's freedom to use force to 'resolve' the uneasy domestic situation is limited
Russian Bears Over the Sea of Japan
27 Jan 2012
Recent increase in Russian military activity over the Sea of Japan has worried the Japanese - but it may be directed against China
The Wizard of the Kremlin
27 Jan 2012
Alleged fraud in Russiaís recent parliamentary elections has unravelled Putinís image as a strong, authoritative leader, exposing his weak basis of support to the Russian people
Is Putin Best Placed to Subvert a 'Russian Spring'?
8 Dec 2011
The anti-government protests following the Russian parliamentary elections on 4 December are indicative of a growing enmity towards the ruling elites. Yet, the ruling elites have opted to re-instate Vladimir Putin as President next year as they see him as the best candidate to shield them from widespread disenchantment unravelling before them
VIDEO: Is Russia Threatening Missile Defence
25 Nov 2011
On 23 November, Russian President Medvedev made an important address to the Russian people in which he underlined hostility towards European Missile Defence. Is this further evidence of a divergent attitudes towards nuclear security?
Why did Russia opt for liquid-fuel in its next generation ICBMs?
25 May 2011
Russia is enhancing strategic nuclear capabilities to meet its psychological and military objective of remaining a superpower. The credibility of Russia's nuclear arsenal - and its potential equality with that of the US - remains one of the Kremlin's key political aims.