Anatoly Torkunov

Rector of MGIMO-University
Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Anatoly Torkunov is a distinguished Russian Orientalist, expert on international relations, regional subsystems in Asia-Pacific Region and North-Eastern Asia, modern history of Korea, diplomatic history and practice. His research interests are: historical and political factors of foreign policy-making; international conflicts; regional studies.

Prof. Anatoly Torkunov is the author of more than 150 research papers, including 9 individual monographs. Several of them were published in the United States, China, South Korea, Japan and other countries. Among them are «Mysterious War: Korean Conflict of 1950–1953» (Moscow, 2000; was published in Russian, Korean and Japanese), «The War of Korea: It’s Origin, Bloodshed and Conclusion» (Tokyo, 2001). His works made great contribution to historical analysis and Korean studies, research of international relations in Asia-Pacific Region in 1950s and later. He wrote a path breaking in contents and conclusions «History of Korea» (Moscow, 2003, in Russian). In his works Prof. Torkunov developed new conceptual approaches to the settlement of Korean peninsula conflict.

Prof. Anatoly Torkunov is co-author and editor of monographs, dedicated to theoretical and methodological issues of international studies («Contemporary International Relations» — 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2012 in Russian; «History of International Relations» (in 3 vol.) — 2012, in Russian; «Foreign Policy of Russia» — 2000, 2013, in Russian; «China in World Politics» — 2001, in Russian, etc.), co-author and editor of the first Russian textbook on «Diplomatic Service» (Moscow, 2002) and the second volume of «History of Russian MFA» (Moscow, 2002). He also chairs an international research project «Gorchakov’s Readings», which is focused on studying diplomatic history and practice.

Prof. Anatoly Torkunov is Chairman of the Curricula Development Association of Russian Schools of International Relations, President of the Russian International Studies Association, Member of the Academic Council of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. He participates in several international research projects and is a member of editorial boards of a number of Russian and international academic journals.

Prof. Anatoly Torkunov is Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Doctor of foreign universities, has Russian and foreign awards.