Mikhail Konarovsky


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation. Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Research, MGIMO University, RIAC member.

Graduated from the Institute of Oriental Languages (now the Institute of Asian and African Studies) at Moscow State University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Dr. Konarovsky has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1970, in its central office and overseas – in the Middle East Department, the Evaluation and Planning Department, the Research and Coordination Centre and the Second Asian Department (multifaceted security structures of the Asia-Pacific Region). He has served as Advisor to the Embassy of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, Advisor to the Embassy of Russia in the United States (on issues relating to the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and resolving the crises in Tajikistan and Afghanistan), Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka and Ambassador to the Maldives, Afghanistan and Croatia. He has also held the post of Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Mikhail Konarovsky holds a Ph.D. in History, is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (in the Geopolitics section) and a member of the Union of Russian Writers. 

Dr. Konarovsky has written two books and several articles that have been published both in Russia and abroad. He is a leading Russian expert of Afghanistan.

Analytical articles


Poll conducted

  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
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