Rector of MGIMO-University,
Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Prof. Torkunov graduated from MGIMO in 1972. In 1983-1986 he was in the diplomatic service in Washington. In 1986 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of International Relations. In 1989 he was appointed the first vice-rector of MGIMO. He holds an MA and two doctoral degrees in History and Political Science.
Prof. Torkunov is the author and co-author of more than 200 scientific works, including 9 monographs. He is an expert in international relations, regional subsystems (in the Asia-Pacific region and Northeast Asia), the recent history of Korea, the history of diplomacy.
He is a Member and Head of section of the Academic Council at the Security Council of Russia, President of the Russian International Studies Association (RISA), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Russian Channel One, Chairman of Moscow Region Civic Chamber, co-president of the Russian Historical Society, co-chairman of the Committee on difficult issues in the history of Russian-Japanese relations, co-president of the Trianon Dialogue civil society forum.
The works and services of prof. Torkunov are widely recognized. He has received state awards of Russia, France, Poland, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan.