Richard Sokolsky

Senior Associate
Russia and Eurasia Program
Richard Sokolsky is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program. His work focuses on U.S. policy toward Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.


B.A. Vanderbilt University
M.A. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies




Richard Sokolsky is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program. His work focuses on U.S. policy toward Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Sokolsky was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Office from 2005 to 2015. In this role, he prepared analyses and policy recommendations for the secretary of state on a broad range of foreign policy issues including U.S. policy on the Middle East and South Asia, nuclear weapons and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, and foreign assistance.

Sokolsky is a 36-year veteran of the State Department and became a member of the career Senior Executive Service in 1991. He served at State in several positions including director of the offices of Strategic Policy and Negotiations, Policy Analysis, and Defense Relations and Security Assistance in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. He has been a visiting senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.

  • President Obama and President Erdogan
    Op-Ed Vox April 27, 2016
    How America Enables its Allies’ Bad Behavior

    In today’s complex world the United States should focus less on making its allies happy and more on making them actually behave like allies.

  • Op-Ed Cipher Brief April 13, 2016
    A Post-Conflict Scenario

    Regardless of what a political settlement in Syria looks like, the political and economic costs and security risks associated with post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction will be enormous.

  • Op-Ed National Interest April 13, 2016
    The New Normal in U.S.-Saudi Relations

    Unless Riyadh and Washington work toward a new understanding of what each can expect from the other, the pillars supporting the U.S.-Saudi relationship will continue to erode.

  • A Firewalled Nuke Fund Is Bad Budgeting and Bad Pl
    Op-Ed Defense One April 6, 2016
    A Firewalled Nuke Fund Is Bad Budgeting and Bad Planning

    Creating a separate fund to protect service budgets from the costs of modernizing strategic nuclear weapons not only cheats the American taxpayer but also fuels an unnecessarily large arsenal stuffed with weapons the United States does not need to remain safe.

  • NATO flag in the wind at NATO headquarters
    Op-Ed Foreign Affairs February 9, 2016
    The Problem With NATO’s Nukes

    The United States needs to take bold action to rethink NATO’s nuclear deterrent in order to reduce dangers and strengthen the alliance.

  • Op-Ed EurasiaNet January 25, 2016 中文
    How Much Should the United States Still Care About Central Asia?

    Central Asian states have a strong interest in maintaining friendly ties with the United States. This geopolitical desire creates meaningful opportunities for U.S. engagement in the near term, and for advancing more modest interests in the years ahead.

  • Paper January 25, 2016 Русский Full Text
    U.S. Policy Toward Central Asia 3.0

    Major geopolitical shifts and internal dynamics are setting the stage for possible increased great-power competition in Central Asia between Russia and China at a time when the region is becoming less hospitable to the projection of U.S. power and to the promotion of democracy.

  • Missiles on display at the war museum in Seoul.
    Op-Ed Defense One January 18, 2016
    Obama Is About to Launch a New Nuclear Arms Race. There’s a Better Way.

    The United States can deter any country from using nuclear weapons against America and its treaty allies with a nuclear force that is far smaller, less destabilizing, and less expensive than the one the Pentagon is planning to build.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Affairs January 6, 2016
    Time to Get Tough on Saudi Arabia

    The United States has significant leverage over Saudi Arabia; it just needs the political will to use it.

  • Senator Marco Rubio speaks
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 30, 2015
    The GOP Plan to Bring Back a Unipolar World

    Republicans seem to think that by banging the drum for increased defense spending, they can restore America's greatness. They're wrong.


Areas of Expertise

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036-2103 Phone: 202 483 7600 Fax: 202 483 1840
Please note...

You are leaving the website for the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and entering a website for another of Carnegie's global centers.