Dmitri Trenin

Moscow Center
Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.


PhD, Institute of the USA and Canada, Russian Academy of Sciences

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Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

He retired from the Russian Army in 1993. From 1993–1997, Trenin held a post as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. In 1993, he was a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

He served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993, including experience working as a liaison officer in the external relations branch of the Group of Soviet Forces (stationed in Potsdam) and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva from 1985 to 1991. He also taught at the War Studies Department of the Military Institute from 1986 to 1993.

  • Eurasia Outlook July 21, 2014
    Midsummer Blues

    MH17 may well be a turning point in the Ukraine conflict, but President Putin remains unlikely to back down despite economic pressure from the West. Russians may look back to the summer of 2014 years from now as a game changer.

  • Op-Ed Guardian July 19, 2014
    Ukraine and the Aftermath of the Downing of Flight MH17

    An independent inquiry into the Malaysia Airlines plane crash over eastern Ukraine and an immediate ceasefire by all sides could be the first step in a process to reverse the trend toward mutual destruction within Ukraine and beyond.

  • Eurasia Outlook July 18, 2014
    Malaysia and Ukraine

    The downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane over Eastern Ukraine catapults the crisis there onto the global plane. The tragic and sudden loss of so many innocent lives should put a final point to the armed conflict—or it may put the international conflict over Ukraine on a much higher and more dangerous level.

  • Eurasia Outlook July 14, 2014
    Putin in Latin

    Vladimir Putin's trip to Latin America is aimed to demonstrate several things, both geopolitically and economically. Latin America will undoubtedly add to the agenda of U.S.-Russian relations.

  • Paper July 9, 2014
    The Ukraine Crisis and the Resumption of Great-Power Rivalry

    Russia has stepped forward in Ukraine to protect its vital interests—which the West saw as aggression by a revisionist power. The ensuing conflict will last long and have an impact far beyond Europe.

  • Eurasia Outlook July 8, 2014 Русский
    Shevardnadze’s Place in Russian History

    President Shevardnadze belongs to the people of Georgia. At the same time, Foreign Minister Shevardnadze will forever remain a major figure in Russia’s history, because he helped wind down the Cold War.

  • Op-Ed Global Times July 7, 2014 Русский
    U.S. Sanctions May Aid Russian Reform

    Russia could use the U.S.-led sanctions to begin its long-delayed re-industrialization and to start building a modern economy.

  • Eurasia Outlook July 7, 2014
    Germany—the United States: Outliving the Special Relationship

    German protestations over recent allegations of U.S. espionage point to the fact that the Federal Republic is rediscovering its dignity. As Germany emerges as one of Eurasia's major powers, a sense of “normalcy” will return to relationships that used to be special, the United States being no exception.

  • Op-Ed Financial Times July 1, 2014 Русский
    Moscow’s Task is to Build a Nation Not an Empire

    If Russia wants to stay in the game of global competition, it has no choice but to work toward becoming a civic nation, a rules-based polity, and a modern economy.

  • Eurasia Outlook July 1, 2014
    U.S.-Russian Diplomatic Normalcy: One Small Step Nearer?

    This week the U.S. government has presented to Moscow the candidacy of its future envoy for customary prior approval by the host country. Then, at some point, the Russian government not objecting and the U.S. Senate willing, a small but important element of U.S.-Russian diplomatic normalcy will be restored.

  • Post-Imperium
    Washington July 6, 2011
    Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story

    Moscow needs to drop the notion of creating an exclusive power center in the post-Soviet space. Like other former European empires, Russia has no choice but to reinvent itself as a global player and as part of a wider community.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center July 5, 2011 Русский
    20 Years Without the Berlin Wall: A Breakthrough to Freedom

    Enormous societal and political shifts 20 years ago opened prospects for a new, united Europe. Despite Russia’s role in this peaceful departure from totalitarianism, the country’s course in the subsequent two decades was not so straightforward. While the demolition of the Berlin Wall is no guarantee of success, democratic transformations are a necessary precondition.

  • Dmitri Trenin
    Foreign Affairs November 1, 2010
    Book Review: How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace

    The rise of major non-Western powers makes the avoidance of traditional geopolitical rivalries a must if one wants a peaceful world order. This is particularly relevant to Euro-Atlantic zone, which is still divided on security issues.

  • Dmitri Trenin
    Book Review September 30, 2010
    Book Review: The Tanks of August

    While an analysis of the military aspects of the 2008 Russian-Georgian conflict is important, it is also necessary to understand the timeline of political events, in Russia and Georgia, that led to the war.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center August 28, 2009 Русский
    Solo Voyage

    By pursuing its own distinct foreign policy, Russia is isolating itself from the rest of the world. A continuation of these policies will leave Russia with only weak, opportunistic ties to the global community.

  • On Russia. Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar June 5, 2009
    Smart Engagement

    The European Union has little direct governmental influence on Russia, but its indirect societal influence is significant. Ultimately, however, while the EU can help efforts to modernize Russia, there is a need for real reform from inside the country itself.

  • Washington August 29, 2007
    Getting Russia Right

    This book sheds new light on our understanding of contemporary Russia, providing Western audiences with an insider’s explanation of how the country has arrived at its current position and how the United States and Europe can deal with it more productively.

  • The Russian Military
    American Academy Studies in Global Security September 9, 2004
    The Russian Military: Power and Policy

    This book assesses today's Russian military and analyzes its possible future direction.

  • Washington October 29, 2003 Washington, D.C.
    Russia's Restless Frontier: The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia

    Trenin and Malashenko examine the implications of the war with Chechnya for Russia's post-Soviet evolution. Considering Chechnya's impact on Russia's military, domestic politics, foreign policy, and ethnic relations, the authors contend that the Chechen factor must be addressed before Russia can continue its development.

  • Washington January 3, 2003 Washington, D.C.
    Ambivalent Neighbors: The EU, NATO and the Price of Membership

    Highly distinguished contributors from both East and West examine the complicated and multi-faceted process of NATO and EU enlargement in the context of the changed global situation since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • Democracy Now! March 17, 2014
    After Crimea Votes to Secede, How Will United States and Russia Handle Gravest Crisis Since Cold War?

    From the perspective of Putin and his associates, Ukraine is a red line and the West, in the form of NATO, was crossing it.

  • RT’s Worlds Apart March 16, 2014
    Cold Warning?

    A second Cold War is emerging because of the mistakes that were made by both Russia and the West at the end of the first Cold War and during the inter-Cold War period.

  • KCRW’s To the Point March 3, 2014
    What's Next in Ukraine and Syria for the US and Russia?

    Putin interprets the victory of the Maidan in Ukraine as a victory of anti-Russian and pro-Western forces. He is very concerned about the possibility of having an anti-Russian state right on the Russian border.

  • BBC Radio 4 March 1, 2014
    Crimea Crisis “Most Dangerous Moment Since End of Cold War in Europe”

    The crisis in Crimea is the most dangerous moment since the end of the Cold War, with the risk of not only an escalation of tension between Ukraine and Russia, but also between Russia and NATO.

  • NPR’s Morning Edition February 24, 2014
    Developments In Ukraine Complicate Russia’s Strategy

    Moscow needs to play its hands wisely and avoid supporting the separatist movement in Ukraine, which could give Kyiv a pretext to send in troops to restore constitutional order.

  • China Radio International’s People In the Know September 30, 2013
    How Can China’s Foreign Policy Help Realize the Chinese Dream?

    The Chinese Dream, an idea floated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, has far-reaching implications for every part of society in China.

  • NPR’s Morning Edition September 12, 2013
    Russia’s Putin Adds Another Voice To Debate On Syria

    In his New York Times op-ed, Vladimir Putin asserts that Russia is not supporting Assad as an ally, but it is supporting the world order, centered on the U.N. Security Council.

  • China Radio International’s People In the Know September 6, 2013
    China-Russia Relations

    The current state of the affairs between Russia and China is most positive in their history. This relationship is built primarily on an economic pragmatism.

  • NPR's Morning Edition August 2, 2013
    A Look At What Russia’s Thinking

    Russia’s decision to offer Edward Snowden asylum stems from Vladimir Putin’s desire to maintain a global image as the one major power that can resist U.S. pressure.

  • Voice of Russia's Morning Show February 22, 2013
    Report Urges Japan, Russia to Come to Agreement Over Kuril Islands

    A 60-year dispute between Russia and Japan could be resolved if Russia gives up the South Kuril Islands. Also, both countries should de-militarize the area as they work toward a solution.

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