After graduating from the Moscow State University in September 1979, Dr Pavel K. Baev found himself ‘behind bars’, working as a researcher and then senior researcher in a ‘post-box’: a research institute of the USSR Ministry of Defence. It was only in August 1988 that he left to join the newly created Institute of Europe in the USSR Academy of Sciences, where he worked as a head of section for militarypolitical studies until October 1992. That month Dr Baev became a PRIOite. His research interests cover various aspects of Russia’s security policy, from the Arctic to the Middle East. He is also a senior non-resident researcher at the Brookings Institution, a senior associate research fellow at the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales, and a senior associate research fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. Dr Baev also writes a column for the Eurasia Daily Monitor.