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.

  • 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.

  • Eurasia Outlook 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.

  • Op-Ed New Republic May 5, 2014 Русский 中文
    Trying to ‘Win’ Ukraine Could Lead to Its Collapse

    Neither Russia nor the West is going to be able secure its goals for Ukraine all by itself or without serious bloodshed. Any attempt to “win” Ukraine will almost certainly lead to the country’s collapse and de facto partition.

  • Eurasia Outlook April 23, 2014
    Glimpsing the Frontline in Eastern Ukraine

    The video bulletins from the conflict zone in Ukraine produced by Simon Ostrovsky demonstrate that this country is a perfect trial bed for new forms of journalism.

  • NPR’s Diane Rehm Show February 9, 2015
    A New European Peace Plan For Ukraine

    As the war in the Donbas escalates, the debate about sending arms to Ukraine is heating up in Washington and Brussels.

  • KCRW’s To the Point February 4, 2015
    U.S. Considers “Lethal Aid” to Ukraine Forces

    The proposal to send lethal aid to Ukraine is both inadequate and dangerous. There needs to be a wider discussion on the consequences of such a move by the United States.

  • WBEZ Worldview January 29, 2015
    Conflict Escalates in the Ukraine

    As the armed conflict escalates in the Donbas, the West finds that it has run out of ideas on how to help settle the Ukraine crisis.

  • PBS NewsHour November 3, 2014
    Ukrainian Separatist Rebels Elect New Leaders for Breakaway Republic

    Separatists recently held an election in the breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, asserting their independence from Kiev.

  • KCRW’s To The Point September 18, 2014
    Ukrainian President Asks for Military Aid at U.S. Congress

    What the Ukrainians really want from the West right now is lethal military assistance and they are just not going to get it.

  • PBS NewsHour August 28, 2014
    What’s Driving Russia to Raise the Stakes in Ukraine?

    At various turns in the crisis in Ukraine, when it looked like Russia’s status on the ropes, Putin has chosen to escalate the situation.

  • Daily Show with Jon Stewart April 9, 2014
    The Empire Takes Back: It Could Happen Here

    The people of Crimea, many of whom see themselves as either ex-Soviet or ethnically Russia, made the region ripe for Russian invasion and claims of human rights violations against the Russian minority living in Crimea were then used as justification for Russia’s invasion.

  • NPR March 18, 2014
    What Annexation Of Crimea Means For U.S.-Russia Relations

    U.S.-Russia relations are clearly at a turning point after Russia has moved to annex Crimea. The West needs to develop a long-term strategy to deal with Russia.

  • NPR February 28, 2014
    What Are Russia's Intentions Toward Ukraine?

    Russia’s actions in Crimea, which aim to make the region more autonomous from Kiev, have disrupted the status quo. The international community must recognize how dangerous this situation really is.

  • MSNBC’s Weekends With Alex Witt February 9, 2014
    Do the Sochi Olympics Reflect Russia’s Reality?

    American perceptions of Russia differ greatly from the reality in the country and the changes that have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • December 3, 2014
    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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