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Obydenkova is a senior researcher at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Her main research interests are at the intersection of international relations, international political economy, and political science. She has published on international organizations in Eurasia, energy policy and energy dialogue, international security issues in post-Communist societies, on causes and consequences of democratization, the role of historical legacies in regime transition, federalism and decentralization, inter-ethnic and cross-border disputes, and on autocratic and democratic external influences. Her most recent work analyzes the impact of political regimes (democracies versus autocracies), of corruption on social trust to international organizations in Eurasian states, and the dynamic of the interrelationship between non-democratic states and international organizations. Ph.D. in political and social science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.