Natalia Viakhireva is a program manager at Russian international affairs council (RIAC). In the Council Natalia is responsible for projects on Russia’s relations with Europe, United States, and projects on Euro-Atlantic security. Before that Natalia worked as a research fellow at the School of Public Administration, Moscow State University; an adviser, Analysis Department at the “Russkiy mir” Foundation; as an expert for BRICS National Research Committee; as a copy-editor for “Strategy for Russia Journal”. She has a PhD in international relations from the Institute of the U.S. and Canadian Studies of Russian Academy of Science. Her University degree is in world politics and North American studies from State Academic University for Humanities, Department of World Politics, Russia.