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.
Since 2015, Dr. Sirakov has been a member of the Rhineland-Palatinate State Center for Political Education (Landesarbeitsausschuss), and since 2017, he has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He is also a member of the "Round Table USA," and since 2023, a board member of the Association of German-American Centers (VDAZ | AGAC). In the "Expert Group USA" of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, he researched the effects of polarization on politics and society in the US.