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.

His work at RAND focused on Russia’s emerging business elites through his leadership of the RAND Business Leaders Forum, a platform for high-level, confidential dialogue on global economic issues for top chief executive officers and policymakers from the United States, Russia, Europe, and Asia.

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.

  • Q&A March 27, 2014 Русский
    What Are the Global Implications of the Ukraine Crisis?

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and possible future incursions into eastern Ukraine could reshape the geopolitical map of Europe and derail cooperation between Moscow and the West for years to come.

  • Op-Ed POLITICO Magazine March 13, 2014
    Putin on the Couch

    Western leaders need to craft a long-term strategy that reckons with the immense challenge of deterring further overreach or provocative moves by Moscow in eastern Ukraine and beyond.

  • Op-Ed Politico March 1, 2014 Русский 中文
    Putin’s Reckless Ukraine Gambit

    If Putin follows through on his threat to invade Ukraine, the damage to Russia’s relations with the West will be deep and lasting.

  • Article February 27, 2014 Русский
    Keep a Lid on Crimea

    Crimea is the most serious potential conflict in postrevolutionary Ukraine. The crisis could lead to a hot war in Ukraine and dramatically increase tensions between Russia and the West—no effort should be spared to avert this scenario.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 21, 2014
    Ukraine: Watch the Guys with Guns

    Without clear knowledge of what role radical and paramilitary groups, or Yanukovych loyalists, played in touching off this past week’s violence, all eyes must be on the people with the guns, not the politicians.

  • Op-Ed International New York Times December 30, 2013
    Russia’s Oligarchy, Alive and Well

    The West must brace itself for the possibility that the oligarchic system itself, with its deep roots in Russian political culture, will outlive the regime of President Vladimir V. Putin.

  • Article December 20, 2013 Русский
    Dealing With the New Normal in U.S.-Russian Relations

    U.S.-Russian relations remain charged, even poisonous, despite some productive cooperation. Transforming the relationship will require a concerted effort in 2014.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 19, 2013
    Putin’s Khodorkovsky Bombshell

    Putin’s announcement about an impending pardon for Mikhail Khodorkovsky at his year-end press conference in the Kremlin today speaks volumes about the state of Russian domestic politics.

  • Op-Ed National Interest December 5, 2013 Русский
    Ukraine: Responding to a Meltdown

    The presence of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland in Kyiv raises important questions about the U.S. role in the crisis in Ukraine.

  • Op-Ed New York Times September 11, 2013
    Can Syria’s Chemical Arsenal Be Destroyed?

    Moscow and Washington face the tough task of coming up with an enforcement mechanism to secure Syria’s chemical weapons that outlines possible consequences if Assad reneges or cheats on the deal.

  • 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.

  • PBS NewsHour January 28, 2014
    Russian Security Expected to be Very Visible and Rigorous at Sochi Games

    A week before the Olympics kicked off in Sochi, the U.S. State Department urged caution for anyone traveling to the Games.

  • MSNBC January 23, 2014
    Increased Anxiety Over Olympic Security

    In advance of the Sochi Winter Olympics, mounting security threats are worrying guests and athletes alike.

  • PBS NewsHour December 30, 2013
    How Russia Plans to Protect Olympic Crowds in Wake of Bombings

    As Russia prepares for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, two terrorist attacks in Volgograd raise questions about security at the games and throughout the country.

  • BBC’s World News America December 11, 2013
    Ukraine’s Protests

    Neither the opposition leaders nor President Yanukovych know how how hard they can push back as they struggle to find a solution to rising tensions in Ukraine.

  • Public Radio International’s World December 5, 2013
    How Did Ukraine Get Into a Tug of War Between Russia and the EU?

    Putin’s Eurasian Union would be a set of political and economic structures, similar to the EU, that Russia would dominate. But this vision comes with a price; Ukraine’s economy is in trouble, just as Russia is suffering from low economic growth.

  • AirTalk September 13, 2013
    Putin’s Op-Ed

    Although Vladimir Putin used his New York Times op-ed to reiterate his position on Syria in an aggressive tone, there is now a potentially productive discussion of Assad’s chemical weapons underway.


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