For Immediate Release: December 6, 2000
Contact: Julie Shaw, 202-939-2211

Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, announced today that Robert Nurick, senior political scientist at RAND, will become the new director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, replacing Alan Rousso, who is leaving to join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

"Bob Nurick is a highly respected expert in the Russian policy community," Mathews said. "Throughout his career at think tanks and in government, he has established himself as a talented analyst and effective manager. We are confident that he will further advance the Moscow Center?s work and policy impact, and are delighted he will be joining us."

"We owe Alan Rousso a debt of gratitude," Mathews added. "Under his leadership, the Moscow Center has grown tremendously in its research output, policy impact, reputation, and staffing. In the last three years, it has gained wide recognition inside and outside Russia as a wellspring of independent thinking. The Center also has become the model for independent policy research in Moscow and a respected forum for debate and discussion. We have Alan to thank for much of this."

Robert Nurick has served at RAND since 1985. As senior political scientist, his principal research interests have been in Soviet and Russian foreign and defense policy, European security, and arms control. He has held senior research and managerial positions there, including manager of foundation programs, associate corporate research manager in the national security research division, and associate director at the RAND/UCLA Center for the Study of Soviet International Behavior.

From 1981 to 1985, Nurick was assistant director and director of studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, where he was responsible for the institute?s research program and served as editor of its journal, Survival. Previously, he served in the U.S. government at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and at the Department of Defense as special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Nurick will officially start as director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in mid-February 2001.

Alan Rousso joined the Carnegie Moscow Center as director in January 1998. He will start at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London as senior political counselor in the office of the chief economist in January. His last day with the Carnegie Moscow Center is December 15, 2000. In the interim, Dmitri Trenin, the Center?s deputy director, will serve as acting director.

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The end of the Cold War created a unique opportunity to contribute to the historic transformations taking place in the former Soviet Union?transformations vital to the future of the newly independent states, to America?s interests, and to world peace. Accordingly, the Carnegie Endowment expanded its group of Washington, D.C.-based policy experts and also founded the Carnegie Moscow Center, the first public policy research center of its size and kind in the former Soviet Union.

From its founding in 1993, the Center has grown rapidly and now boasts a staff of thirty-five, all of whom, except an American director, are Russian. In addition to numerous books and monographs, the Center also publishes the quarterly policy journal Pro et Contra as well as the bimonthly periodical Nuclear Proliferation. Extensive resources in both Russian and English are available at the Carnegie Endowment and Moscow Center web sites at and

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