Alexei Arbatov

Scholar in Residence
Nonproliferation Program
Moscow Center
Arbatov, a former member of the State Duma, is the author of a number of books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, and Russian military reform.


PhD, History, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
MA, Moscow State Institute of International Relations 

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Alexei Arbatov is a scholar in residence with the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program. Formerly, he was a member of the State Duma, vice chairman of the Russian United Democratic Party (Yabloko), and deputy chairman of the Duma Defense Committee.

Arbatov is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He leads the academy’s Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, where he was once a department head and a research fellow.

He is a member of numerous boards and councils, including the research council of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the governing board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute, and the Russian Council for Foreign and Defense Policy.

Arbatov is author of several books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, Russian military reform, and various current domestic and foreign political issues.

  • Article March 16, 2015
    An Unnoticed Crisis: The End of History for Nuclear Arms Control?

    The nuclear arms control regime is unraveling. An aggressive search for new formats, concepts, and methods is urgently needed to adapt the system to changed realities.

  • Op-Ed National Interest March 9, 2015
    Reckless: Don’t “Go for Broke” in Iran Nuclear Talks

    The risk of a failure to reach a comprehensive deal with Iran is growing. However, a gradualist approach is the most realistic option for solving the nuclear issue.

  • Op-Ed Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Iran Matters March 3, 2015
    Imagining Russia, Iran, and the United States If the Nuclear Talks Fail

    If the nuclear talks fail, further Russian cooperation on coercing Iran is not likely while Russia and the West remain locked in a standoff over Ukraine. Moreover, Russia and Iran may move to build closer relations in the future.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 9, 2015 Русский
    When It Comes to Nuclear Weapons, Words Are Deeds

    Those fearing a repeat of the Cold War should understand that the current situation may be worse than the Cold War in some respects.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 4, 2015
    Does Russia Need the Council of Europe?

    If Russia follows through with its threats to leave the Council, though, how will its place in the world be impacted? What would that decision's ramifications be for normal Russians? We asked Carnegie's experts to share their thoughts.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 30, 2014
    Looking Back on 2014

    Eurasia Outlook asked its experts to reflect on the dramatic events of 2014 and to share their predictions for Russia's future and for its role on the global stage going forward.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 22, 2014
    The Iranian Saga: A Pause or an Impasse?

    After another failed attempt to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, all now depends on whether Russia, the United States, and other states can find the political will to take responsibility for global security.

  • Eurasia Outlook November 7, 2014
    Putin’s Valdai Gambit

    Putin’s statements on weapons of mass destruction at the Valdai forum may have been just a tactical move to offset his harsh criticism of the United States. But it may well be an invitation to a serious discussion with Washington.

  • Article October 27, 2014 Русский
    Moving Beyond the India-Pakistan Nuclear Standoff

    South Asia is more vulnerable to a possible nuclear conflict than any other region. It is necessary to take a number of urgent steps to stabilize relations between India and Pakistan and prevent a nuclear threat.

  • Article October 9, 2014
    Engaging China in Nuclear Arms Control

    In spite of all the difficulties, it appears possible to engage China gradually in the nuclear arms limitation process. However, not only Beijing but also the United States and Russia must revise their military policies.

  • Carnegie Moscow Center April 8, 2013 Русский
    Missile Defense: Confrontation and Cooperation

    Although the U.S.-Russian recent attempts to agree to a joint missile defense system have failed, the imperatives for such collaboration are increasing. Over the coming decade, the two countries should take steps to integrate missile defense systems into the regimes of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and mutual security.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center October 25, 2012 Русский
    Nuclear Reset: Arms Reduction and Nonproliferation

    The concept of nuclear disarmament as an essential condition for nuclear nonproliferation is again entering the realm of practical politics, but the movement toward nuclear disarmament is extremely difficult and fraught with great dangers.

  • 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.

  • Washington November 8, 2010
    Outer Space: Weapons, Diplomacy, and Security

    In this global era, the world faces a host of security challenges which cannot be resolved by any one nation, especially through the unilateral use of military force. One key issue that requires urgent international attention is the military use of outer space.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center December 25, 2009 Русский
    Nuclear Proliferation: New Technologies, Weapons, Treaties

    A broad array of military, political, and legal issues exert an increasing influence on the issue of nuclear nonproliferation, and they must be taken into account in any effort to strengthen the nonproliferation regime.

  • Washington July 1, 2006
    Beyond Nuclear Deterrence: Transforming the U.S.–Russian Equation

    While deterrence as a concept has always been paradoxical, it is poorly equipped to handle today’s most significant nuclear challenges: proliferation and terrorism. Nuclear arms control must move beyond the deadlock of deterrence.

  • Russia Today July 6, 2009
    Medvedev-Obama: Tough Talks?

    Alexei Arbatov and George Perkovich discuss their expectations for President Barack Obama's first official visit to Russia.


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