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.



Poll conducted

  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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