Expertise

This is a general and evolving list of Russia experts available to the media and public. Unless otherwise indicated, the experts listed below are not affiliated with Russia Matters in any way.

In addition to the individual experts listed below, we would like to share an interactive multimedia guide to U.S.-Russia relations introduced in June 2019 by Carnegie Corporation of New York, called "U.S.-Russia Relations: Quest for Stability." This educational tool distills the fundamental issuesadversarial and cooperative alikethat define U.S.-Russia relations and harnesses the corporation’s unparalleled access to issue-area expertise, offering contemporary insight and analysis, historical context and a framework for moving toward greater geopolitical stability.

 

Rawi Abdelal, Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Areas of expertise include: the effect of nationalism on economic relations among the CIS states; comparative aspects of post-Soviet regional economy; the geopolitics of energy.

Russia Matters editorial board member.

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Sergey Aleksashenko, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Areas of expertise include: the transition process in CIS and Eastern Europe; monetary policy; international financial infrastructure.

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Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard University

Allison is a leading analyst of national security with special interests in nuclear weapons, Russia, China and decision-making. 

Principal investigator of the Russia Matters project and a Russia Matters editorial board member.

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Roy Allison, Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies

Areas of research include: foreign policy, security, international law, international norms, regionalism, intervention, conflict and military. Countries and regions of research include: Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Caspian Sea, Caucasus, Georgia and Finland.

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Alexey Arbatov, Head of the Center for International Security at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow

Areas of expertise include: global security; strategic stability; disarmament; Russian military reform.

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Leonid Bershidsky, Opinion Columnist, Bloomberg

Areas of expertise: Russian and European politics and policy.

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Robert Blackwill, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Areas of expertise include: U.S. foreign policy in general and in relation to China, Russia, the Middle East and South Asia; geoeconomics.

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Aurélie Bros, Postdoctoral Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Expertise: development of Russian and global energy markets, including production and transportation demand; energy policy; market restructuring and sanction mechanisms. Recent project: "No Energy for Integration? Geopolitics and the Emerging Energy Market of the Eurasian Economic Union."

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Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations, Harvard Kennedy School

Areas of expertise include: Russia, Asia and the Pacific, North America, South Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, conflict and conflict resolution, governance, intrastate conflict, rogue/repressive states, international cooperation, educating policymakers, European studies, intelligence in policymaking, Middle East policy, globalization, sanctions, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. primacy, United Nations, international security and defense, Afghanistan war, democracy, military intervention, NATO, negotiation, preventive defense, security strategy, terrorism and counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear issues, India nuclear program, Iran nuclear program, nuclear proliferation, nuclear weapons, Russia nuclear program and U.S. nuclear issues.

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Ash Carter, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Areas of expertise include: Russia, Asia and the Pacific, North America, South Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, intelligence in policymaking, military strategy, NATO, U.S. foreign policy, international security and defense, Afghanistan war, chemical and biological weapons, China and security, democracy, homeland security, national security economics, preventive defense, security strategy, terrorism and counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear issues, China nuclear issues, India nuclear program, Iran nuclear program, North Korea nuclear program, nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism, Russia nuclear program, science and technology and science and technology policy.

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Samuel Charap, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Areas of expertise include: the political economy and foreign policies of Russia and the former Soviet states, European and Eurasian regional security and U.S.-Russia deterrence, strategic stability and arms control.

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Timothy Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University

Areas of expertise include: political leadership in Russia; mass politics in Russia; international relations of Eurasia.

Russia Matters editorial board member.

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