Alexey K. Pushkov is director of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies (ICIS) at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He is also author and anchor of a popular political TV-show Postscript. Formerly a speechwriter of Michael Gorbachev, he had a career in diplomacy and mass-media. He is also professor of diplomacy and international relations at the Moscow Institute of International Relations. He is a member of The National Interest's advisory council.