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Professor Sergey Radchenko

Professor Sergey Radchenko

Director of Research and Professor of International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2088 8821
69 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
Available for postgraduate supervision


Sergey Radchenko has an international reputation for research on the history of the Cold War. He has written on Sino-Soviet relations (the subject of his PhD thesis and a later book), on Soviet and Chinese foreign policies, on atomic diplomacy (a subject he has authored a book on with his Cardiff colleague Campbell Craig), and on Cold War crises. In addition he has published work on Mongolian and North Korean history and continues to have interests the international politics of Central Asia and in contemporary Sino-Russian relations and Russian Foreign policy. He has served as a Global Fellow and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre (in Washington D.C.), and as the Zi Jiang Distinguished Professor at East China Normal University (Shanghai). Currently his research interests center around the global history of the Cold War. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, National Interest, The Moscow Times, and other national and international media.


Sergey Radchenko is a native of Sakhalin Island, Russia. He spent his formative years in Russia and the United States, and pursued undergraduate studies in the US, Hong Kong, and London. He received his UG degree from the London School of Economics in 2001 (in International Relations) and a PhD from the same (in International History). He subsequently worked in Mongolia (National University of Mongolia), in the United States (Pittsburg State University), the UK (London School of Economics), and China (University of Nottingham Ningbo China).

In 2014 Radchenko moved to Wales, taking up a position at Aberystwyth University. He subsequently moved to Cardiff.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Radchenko has also worked with the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe on election observation missions to Mongolia, Turkmenistan, and Hungary.

In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin Chinese, Mongolian, and Russian.








  • Radchenko, S. 2015. Gorbachev in Europe and Asia. In: Luthi, L. M. ed. The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points. Cold War International History Project Series Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Centre Press with Stanford University Press, pp. 274-294.



Radchenko's current modules at Cardiff are: 

China in the World (PL9330)

Introduction to Globalization (PL9197)

International Relations of the Cold War (PL9221)

Radchenko's research interests have centered, broadly, on Russia’s foreign and security policies. Two of his books dealt with the subject at length (Two Suns – a history of the Sino-Soviet split, Stanford UP, 2009, and Unwanted Visionaries – a story of how the Cold War ended in Asia, Oxford UP, 2014). A co-authored volume on the Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War (Yale UP, 2008) is a pointer to his expertise in nuclear politics. He co-edited collections of essays exploring different facets of Russia’s foreign relations. He also served as the coordinator of several research projects run by the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program.

Radchenko's most important work to date is a forthcoming “History of the Cold War and After” (scheduled for publication with Cambridge University Press in 2022). This book seeks to reconceptualize the Cold War by applying recent insights from IR and psychology, and to deliberately sabotage the chronological compartmentalization of the Cold War and the post-Cold War. More recently, he has focused on NATO-Russian relations since 1991. He was a guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies on NATO’s past and present. His next academic project traces Russia’s aborted journey to the West, 1991-1999.


Sergey Radchenko's areas of PhD supervision include: Cold War History, Sino-Russian relations, China's and Russia's foreign policies.

Current supervision

Baurzhan Rakhmetov

Baurzhan Rakhmetov

Research student