Rose Gottemoeller

Former Senior Associate
Russia and Eurasia Program
Rose Gottemoeller is assistant secretary of state for verification and compliance. Gottemoeller was director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008 and from 2000 to 2005, she served as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C.


B.S., Georgetown University; M.A., George Washington University




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Rose Gottemoeller is assistant secretary of state for verification and compliance. Gottemoeller was director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2006 to 2008 and from 2000 to 2005, she served as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, D.C.


Formerly deputy undersecretary for defense nuclear nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of Energy, she began her work at the Endowment in 2000.

Previously, she served as the department’s assistant secretary for nonproliferation and national security, with responsibility for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. She first joined the department in November 1997 as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security.

Prior to the Energy Department, Gottemoeller served for three years as deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council in the White House as director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for denuclearization in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Previously, she was a social scientist at RAND and a Council on Foreign Relations International affairs fellow. She has taught on Soviet military policy at Georgetown University, and is currently teaching on Russian security in Eurasia, also at Georgetown University.


  • Rose Gottemoeller
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times December 16, 2008
    Fighting Pirates Instead of the United States

    The Kremlin is pursuing two varying policies. In the Western hemisphere, Moscow attempts to replay Cold War games. Off the coast of Africa, Russia has joined with the navies of the US and others to confront the dire threat of piracy. Since Moscow has painfully few resources available to defend its national interests, it needs to choose a single model. Medvedev should go with the pirates.

  • Rose Gottemoeller
    Op-Ed Pro et Contra November 25, 2008
    U.S.-Russia Cooperation on Iran: Aftermath of the Summer War in Georgia

    In the wake of the Russia-Georgia conflict commentators often ask whether the U.S. and Russia can cooperate. The urgency of nuclear threats around the world, including Iran's ambitions, requires both countries to “wall off” their nuclear discussion from other issues that might hinder progress on finding solutions to common security challenges.

  • Rose Gottemoeller
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times November 6, 2008
    Is Obama or McCain Better for Russia?

    The election of Barack Obama as President means that he now joins President Dmitry Medvedev as the first post-baby boom leaders of their respective nations. Because the two leaders are so clearly of a new generation, they have the most opportunity to finally succeed in breaking the old patterns of distrust and disengagement between the United States and Russia.

  • Policy Outlook October 27, 2008 Русский
    Russian–American Security Relations After Georgia

    The crisis in Georgia bluntly revealed the failure by the United States and Russia to create a closer working relationship after the Cold War. Agreements like the START and Concentional Armed Forces in Europe treaties could help establish a new book of rules both countries can embrace.

  • Rose Gottemoeller
    Op-Ed Nezavisimaya Gazeta October 2, 2008
    A Task of Monumental Importance for Putin

    Putin’s role in Russia currently remains unclear. Amidst the transition of the U.S. government, this factor will hinder U.S.-Russia relations. However, a bilateral commission made up of past U.S. and Russian presidents, with Putin serving the role of past president, can alleviate this problem.

  • Rose Gottemoeller
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times August 27, 2008 中文
    One Way to Save the Relationship

    Although U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated, options for cooperation still exist. Particularly in the area of nuclear nonproliferation, collaboration is essential and may be the best way to ameliorate relations. Russia, the U.S., and Europe should start with negotiating the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), which will provide a starting point for brokering a new consensus.

  • Gottemoeller
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times May 7, 2008
    No Softer Than Putin

    Medvedev can set a new tone for Russia in order to sustain its newfound position on the world stage. By cultivating cooperation rather than confrontation, Russia will maximize its self-interests.

  • Op-Ed International Herald Tribune April 16, 2008
    The Misperception Trap

    On my way out of Moscow on the day when George Bush and Vladimir Putin met for the last time in Sochi, Russian blogs were alight with complaints about how Putin had lost big at the NATO summit meeting in Bucharest the day before. As I flew across the ocean a few hours later, I sat next to a well-placed Washington operative on his way back from Bucharest. "Bush lost big at the summit," he said."

  • Op-Ed Nezavisimaya Gazeta February 19, 2008
    Sergei Ivanov’s Strategic Breakthrough

    What a difference a year can make!  Last year, President Putin's speech at the Wehrkunde Security Conference in Munich sent shock waves through the international system.  His uncompromising declaration that Russia was back on the world stage and a force to be reckoned with generated an immediate debate in Washington.  With Secretary of Defense Robert Gates due to speak the next day, the foreign policy establishment stayed up late arguing how to respond: to slam Putin back, or use a lighter touch.  Evidently it was Gates himself who insisted on humor: "One Cold War was quite enough," he said in his famous response—and that has been the U.S. official line toward Russia ever since, through a year of extremely harsh rhetoric from Moscow.

  • Gottemoeller
    Op-Ed The Moscow Times December 18, 2007
    Saving the Relationship

    After President Vladimir Putin said last month that Russia would not allow other countries "to poke their snotty noses into our affairs," we should face the fact that security relations with the West are in a shambles. Putin, who is fond of tough-guy slang, used the colorful phrase when he accused the United States of pushing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to decide against sending observers to the State Duma elections on Dec. 2.

  • C-SPAN's Washington Journal November 30, 2008
    Russia's Charm Offensive

    Russia and Venezuela commence joint naval exercises this week, coming on the heels of Russian President Medvedev’s four-nation tour of South America. Though Russia’s recent closeness with U.S. neighbors may be an attempt to challenge U.S. regional primacy, the United States should avoid over-reacting.

  • Rose Gottemoeller
    CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS August 18, 2008
    Russia's Power Play

    With the Russian city Sochi scheduled to host the next summer Olympics, Russia needs to rebuild confidence in the world community. Russia’s overreactions along with a lack of finesse in the Russian military doctrine have done much to severely damage relations with the international community. Russia must now begin to rebuild these relationships, starting with withdrawing from Georgia.

  • The Diane Rehm Show March 3, 2008
    Russian Presidential Election
  • NPR's All Things Considered June 5, 2007
    Strained Russian Relations Greet Bush in Europe
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