Dr. David Sirakov is the director of the Atlantic Academy Rheinland-Pfalz. He studied political science and public law at the University of Trier. After completing his studies, he worked as a research associate in political science at the Technical University Kaiserslautern. He obtained his doctorate on the U.S.-Russian relations in the Bush-Putin era (2000-2008).
On invitation of the Warburg Chapters of the American Council on Germany, Dr. Sirakov travelled the U.S. and talked about the rise and challenges of populism in Europe and the U.S. on a speaker's tour in September 2016.
His research focuses on the polarization in U.S. Congress and American society, the rise and challenges of authoritarian populism, US foreign policy, and transatlantic relations.
Dr. Sirakov is a member of the advisory boards of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Center for Political Education (Landesarbeitsausschuss) as well as of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies.