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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Hilary Appel, Podlich Family Professor of Government, George R. Roberts Fellow, Claremont McKenna College

Areas of expertise include: Russian politics; political economy; post-communist transitions; West and East European politics; politics of economic reform.

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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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Emma Ashford, Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Areas of expertise include: grand strategy; international security; U.S. foreign policy; Russia; Europe; Middle East; U.S.-Saudi relationship; usage and efficacy of sanctions; U.S. policy towards Russia; Syria; Ukraine.

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David Birnbaum, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Areas of expertise include: digital humanities (esp. computational philology); medieval Slavic manuscripts and texts; Slavic historical linguistics.

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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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Allison Blakely, Professor Emeritus of History, Boston University

Areas of expertise include: Russia; populism; the black diaspora in Europe; democratic governance; the historical evolution of color prejudice.

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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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Nataliya Bugayova, Director of Intelligence, Tecsonomy; Nonresident National Security Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of War

Areas of expertise include: Ukraine; Russia; the Kremlin’s foreign policy decision-making, information operations and ongoing global campaigns including in the former Soviet Union and Africa. 

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