Andrew S. Weiss

Vice President for Studies
Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia.


M.I.A, Columbia University
B.A., Russian Regional Studies, Columbia University


English; Russian


Andrew S. Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington and Moscow on Russia and Eurasia.

Prior to joining Carnegie, he was director of the RAND Corporation’s Center for Russia and Eurasia and executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum.

Weiss’s career has spanned both the public and private sectors. He previously served as director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council staff, as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, and as a policy assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush.

Before joining RAND, Weiss was a vice president and investment strategist at American International Group, Inc. subsidiary companies, where he worked primarily on global commodities, energy, and foreign exchange markets.

  • Putin
    Op-Ed POLITICO Magazine October 2, 2015 中文
    What Is Putin Really Up To in Syria?

    Russia may be using the pretense of combating the self-proclaimed Islamic State to justify its air strikes in Syria, but its true objectives are up for debate.

  • Putin wipes his brow.
    Op-Ed Reuters September 8, 2015 Русский
    Why Do Vladimir Putin and His Kremlin Cronies Look So Nervous?

    Putin’s recent theatrics indicate a plan to run for re-election in 2018. But despite his lack of opponents, Russia’s current problems make the path to re-election more complicated this time around.

  • Op-Ed Wall Street Journal February 21, 2015 Русский
    Putin the Improviser

    The Ukraine showdown is even scarier and more dangerous than most people think: President Putin is making it up as he goes along.

  • Op-Ed Politico January 26, 2015 Русский
    Time for Plan B on Ukraine?

    As unsavory as it sounds, Obama may need to press for a diplomatic solution with Putin.

  • Commentary September 22, 2014
    Don’t Call It a Comeback

    Leonid Kuchma deserves credit for stepping forward at a moment of national peril. A realist and truth-teller of Kuchma’s calibre is a strikingly rare commodity in Kyiv and the West these days.

  • Op-Ed Carnegie Corporation of New York August 20, 2014 Русский
    The Dangers of Inflexibility

    Fundamental disagreements over Ukraine must not jeopardize U.S.-Russian cooperation on important issues of mutual interest, such as counterterrorism and nonproliferation.

  • Q&A August 14, 2014 Русский 中文
    Is the World Falling Apart?

    The world can be an awfully dangerous and unpredictable place.

  • Op-Ed International New York Times August 8, 2014 Русский
    Is Putin Really Cornered?

    Even now, six months into the Ukrainian crisis, Western leaders don’t know how far Vladimir Putin will go in Ukraine. The United States should immediately re-establish real channels of communication with Putin and his inner circle.

  • Op-Ed Deutsche Welle July 30, 2014
    Ukraine Talks in Belarus: ‘Don’t Expect Miracles’

    The Ukraine talks being held in Belarus, which will focus on access to the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, are unlikely to result in any serious breakthroughs or resolutions.

  • Op-Ed POLITICO Magazine May 14, 2014
    The Unraveling of Ukraine

    Ukraine is unraveling, and the situation increasingly resembles a low-grade civil war. International mediation and new approaches are essential to pull Ukraine back from the abyss.

  • July 1, 2015 Washington, DC
    A Conversation with Alexei Venediktov

    Alexei Venediktov discussed the dramatic changes facing the Russian political system and the state of media freedom in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

  • May 21, 2015 Washington, DC
    Crimean Tatars Under Russian Occupation: An Updated Assessment

    Crimean Tatars have had an antagonistic relationship with Moscow since Stalin’s forcible removal of more than 200,000 of their people from the Crimea in 1944. They have also suffered continuous repression since the Russian annexation of the peninsula last year.

  • May 20, 2015 Washington, DC
    Russian Roulette: A Screening with VICE News Reporter Simon Ostrovsky

    Since launching the Russian Roulette series in March 2014, VICE News reporter Simon Ostrovsky has filmed and released over 100 video dispatches, creating a truly singular body of combat reportage about the Russian annexation of Crimea and the bloody war in eastern Ukraine.

  • April 15, 2015 Washington, DC
    EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti on What the Private Sector Needs From the State

    Against the backdrop of the ongoing financial crisis within the eurozone, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) work to promote a vibrant and sustainable private sector has never been more important.

  • December 3, 2014 Washington, DC
    Opportunities and Barriers for China’s International Oil Collaboration

    China is becoming an increasingly engaged actor globally, as it seeks more secure sources for its oil and the technology to produce a shale revolution of its own.

  • December 2, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    China Oil Forum

    With China’s economy slowing after decades of double-digit growth, now is the time to think strategically about how the nation will deal with its physical resource limitations, their associated environmental concerns, and oil’s evolving geopolitical realities. The China Oil Forum will engage key thinkers, policymakers, and civil society in a discussion about these strategic questions.

  • April 2, 2014 Washington, DC
    After Annexation: Assessing Crimea’s Future With Mustafa Dzhemilev

    Renowned leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement and member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Mustafa Dzhemilev, discussed the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis.

  • March 10, 2014 Washington, DC
    Ukraine on the Brink: A Conversation With Yevgeny Kiselyev

    The situation in Ukraine remains extremely tense. Each day brings dramatic developments from the region and a marked deterioration in Russia’s relations with the United States and other Western governments.

  • September 18, 2013 Washington, DC
    Raising the Stakes on Syria: The U.S. Policy Debate and Regional Dynamics

    In the wake of President Obama’s national address, U.S. allies and adversaries are struggling to assess the implications of the Russian proposal on Syria’s chemical weapons and what Washington’s next steps will be on Syria.

  • Assad and Putin
    September 4, 2013 Worldwide
    Twitter Q&A: Syria, Russia, and the G20 Summit

    Marwan Muasher and Andrew S. Weiss will respond to questions on the situation in Syria, the likely implications of a U.S.-led attack, and what to expect in terms of Putin-Obama dynamics at the G20 meeting.


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