Dmitry Polikanov is an adviser to the head of the Central Executive Committee of the United Russia Party. He edits the international edition of Security Index (PIR Center for Policy Studies/Centre Russe d' Études Politiques). He is associate professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences and professor of the World Distributed University of the European Informatization Academy. He has been a senior research associate, editor and deputy director with the PIR Center, and a senior research associate at the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He was communications advisor to the ICRC's delegation to Russia. In 2003–2006, he was director of international and public relations at the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM). Since 2001 he has been guest speaker to the Nato School in Oberammergau. Dr Polikanov is author of over 100 publications on conflict management, peacekeeping, arms control, international relations and foreign policy.