Dmitri Trenin

Moscow Center
Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.


PhD, Institute of the USA and Canada, Russian Academy of Sciences

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Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the center since its inception. He also chairs the research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

He retired from the Russian Army in 1993. From 1993–1997, Trenin held a post as a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow. In 1993, he was a senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

He served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993, including experience working as a liaison officer in the external relations branch of the Group of Soviet Forces (stationed in Potsdam) and as a staff member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms talks in Geneva from 1985 to 1991. He also taught at the War Studies Department of the Military Institute from 1986 to 1993.

  • Op-Ed Financial Times April 15, 2014
    Both Empires Will Lose From This Treacherous Tussle

    If Ukraine is allowed to break up, or made to do so, Russia and the West will spin into a confrontation from which both will emerge the losers. Both sides need to keep Ukraine whole.

  • Eurasia Outlook April 14, 2014
    Ukraine: Weekend Rendez-Vous With History

    Sunday’s events put Ukraine on the brink of civil war. However, there is still a chance to prevent the worst, but it can only be used when those calling political shots inside and outside Ukraine rise to their responsibility.

  • Eurasia Outlook April 7, 2014
    Transnistria: A Gathering Storm

    Moldova’s government wants association with the EU, but is committed to the “reunification of Moldova” by means of “re-integration” of Transnistria. The reality, however, is that Moldova can be made whole only if it decided to turn east rather than west.

  • Eurasia Outlook April 4, 2014
    Russian-Western Confrontation: Prepare for a Long Haul

    For the U.S. public and its political establishment, Russia is back as an adversary. Having taken on U.S. power, the Russian state will need to be very smart—and very good—to withstand the confrontation.

  • Op-Ed Global Times April 1, 2014
    Moscow Determined to Follow Its Own Path

    Moscow has demonstrated its strong determination to follow its own path on the world scene and build its own economic, political, and military base.

  • Eurasia Outlook March 31, 2014
    Europe: The “Holiday From History” Is Over

    The continuing crisis over Ukraine has significantly hardened Western official and media attitudes toward Russia. However, with Washington leading the charge and NATO back in the saddle, the European Union is taking a back seat.

  • Article March 31, 2014 Русский
    Five Issues at Stake in the Arctic

    An overview of the five most pressing issues in the Arctic reveals that a number of factors in the region may help mitigate and regulate competition and promote cooperation.

  • Eurasia Outlook March 24, 2014
    Russia: Pivoting to Asia or Just to China?

    Russia’s economic, political and strategic environment in the West is fast deteriorating. One obvious way to respond to this is to reach out to Asia and the Pacific.

  • Ukraine
    Strategic Europe March 21, 2014
    Ukraine Is Not the Only Battlefield Between Russia and the West

    What originated as the European Union’s modest Eastern Partnership program is likely to be the end of the notion of the “lands between” Russia and the EU.

  • Op-Ed China Daily March 19, 2014
    Meaning of the Crimea Crisis

    Moscow has long been unhappy about some of the rules of the game set after the end of the Cold War, such as the West’s dominance, but now it feels strong and confident enough to challenge them.

  • Post-Imperium
    Washington July 6, 2011
    Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story

    Moscow needs to drop the notion of creating an exclusive power center in the post-Soviet space. Like other former European empires, Russia has no choice but to reinvent itself as a global player and as part of a wider community.

  • 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.

  • Dmitri Trenin
    Foreign Affairs November 1, 2010
    Book Review: How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace

    The rise of major non-Western powers makes the avoidance of traditional geopolitical rivalries a must if one wants a peaceful world order. This is particularly relevant to Euro-Atlantic zone, which is still divided on security issues.

  • Dmitri Trenin
    Book Review September 30, 2010
    Book Review: The Tanks of August

    While an analysis of the military aspects of the 2008 Russian-Georgian conflict is important, it is also necessary to understand the timeline of political events, in Russia and Georgia, that led to the war.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center August 28, 2009 Русский
    Solo Voyage

    By pursuing its own distinct foreign policy, Russia is isolating itself from the rest of the world. A continuation of these policies will leave Russia with only weak, opportunistic ties to the global community.

  • On Russia. Perspectives from the Engelsberg Seminar June 5, 2009
    Smart Engagement

    The European Union has little direct governmental influence on Russia, but its indirect societal influence is significant. Ultimately, however, while the EU can help efforts to modernize Russia, there is a need for real reform from inside the country itself.

  • Washington August 29, 2007
    Getting Russia Right

    This book sheds new light on our understanding of contemporary Russia, providing Western audiences with an insider’s explanation of how the country has arrived at its current position and how the United States and Europe can deal with it more productively.

  • The Russian Military
    American Academy Studies in Global Security September 9, 2004
    The Russian Military: Power and Policy

    This book assesses today's Russian military and analyzes its possible future direction.

  • Washington October 29, 2003 Washington, D.C.
    Russia's Restless Frontier: The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia

    Trenin and Malashenko examine the implications of the war with Chechnya for Russia's post-Soviet evolution. Considering Chechnya's impact on Russia's military, domestic politics, foreign policy, and ethnic relations, the authors contend that the Chechen factor must be addressed before Russia can continue its development.

  • Washington January 3, 2003 Washington, D.C.
    Ambivalent Neighbors: The EU, NATO and the Price of Membership

    Highly distinguished contributors from both East and West examine the complicated and multi-faceted process of NATO and EU enlargement in the context of the changed global situation since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • Democracy Now! March 17, 2014
    After Crimea Votes to Secede, How Will United States and Russia Handle Gravest Crisis Since Cold War?

    From the perspective of Putin and his associates, Ukraine is a red line and the West, in the form of NATO, was crossing it.

  • RT’s Worlds Apart March 16, 2014
    Cold Warning?

    A second Cold War is emerging because of the mistakes that were made by both Russia and the West at the end of the first Cold War and during the inter-Cold War period.

  • KCRW’s To the Point March 3, 2014
    What's Next in Ukraine and Syria for the US and Russia?

    Putin interprets the victory of the Maidan in Ukraine as a victory of anti-Russian and pro-Western forces. He is very concerned about the possibility of having an anti-Russian state right on the Russian border.

  • BBC Radio 4 March 1, 2014
    Crimea Crisis “Most Dangerous Moment Since End of Cold War in Europe”

    The crisis in Crimea is the most dangerous moment since the end of the Cold War, with the risk of not only an escalation of tension between Ukraine and Russia, but also between Russia and NATO.

  • NPR’s Morning Edition February 24, 2014
    Developments In Ukraine Complicate Russia’s Strategy

    Moscow needs to play its hands wisely and avoid supporting the separatist movement in Ukraine, which could give Kyiv a pretext to send in troops to restore constitutional order.

  • China Radio International’s People In the Know September 30, 2013
    How Can China’s Foreign Policy Help Realize the Chinese Dream?

    The Chinese Dream, an idea floated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, has far-reaching implications for every part of society in China.

  • NPR’s Morning Edition September 12, 2013
    Russia’s Putin Adds Another Voice To Debate On Syria

    In his New York Times op-ed, Vladimir Putin asserts that Russia is not supporting Assad as an ally, but it is supporting the world order, centered on the U.N. Security Council.

  • China Radio International’s People In the Know September 6, 2013
    China-Russia Relations

    The current state of the affairs between Russia and China is most positive in their history. This relationship is built primarily on an economic pragmatism.

  • NPR's Morning Edition August 2, 2013
    A Look At What Russia’s Thinking

    Russia’s decision to offer Edward Snowden asylum stems from Vladimir Putin’s desire to maintain a global image as the one major power that can resist U.S. pressure.

  • Voice of Russia's Morning Show February 22, 2013
    Report Urges Japan, Russia to Come to Agreement Over Kuril Islands

    A 60-year dispute between Russia and Japan could be resolved if Russia gives up the South Kuril Islands. Also, both countries should de-militarize the area as they work toward a solution.

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