Maxim Starchak is a Russian expert on nuclear weapons and nuclear industry, and a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy of the Queen’s University in Canada. He is a contributor to the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor. Previously, he has worked for Russian think tanks PIR Center, Institute for US and Canadian Studies, Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, and the Eurasia Heritage Foundation. In 2017, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Polish Institute of Political Studies in Warsaw; in 2008-2010, a Council Member of the Siberian Centre for Security and Nuclear Nonproliferation; in 2007-2010, Coordinator of the Russian Youth Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation; and in 2006-2011, Vice President, Head of the Research Group on International Security and Conflicts at Russian Political Science Association.
In 2013-2014, he was coauthor and editor of PIR Center White Paper “Towards nuclear disarmament: NTP article VI and Implementation of the 2010 Review Conference Decisions.” In 2014-2015, he served as Executive Editor of the Conference Proceedings of III & IV Moscow Conference on International Security of the Ministry of Defence of Russian Federation. In 2010-2019, he was a permanent member of the Expert Council of the annual all-Russian essay competition on NATO-Russian relations of the NATO Information Office in Moscow and Information Centre for International Security.