Christopher S. Chivvis
Senior Fellow and Director, American Statecraft Program


Chris Chivvis is a senior fellow and director of the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has more than two decades of experience working on U.S. foreign policy and national security challenges.  He most recently served as the U.S. national intelligence officer for Europe.  

At Carnegie, Chivvis leads policy-focused research aimed at developing realistic U.S. strategy for an era of great power competition and building a foreign policy that serves the needs of the American people.

Chivvis’ experience with U.S. foreign policy spans government, academia, and the think tank world. Before joining the National Intelligence Council, he was the deputy head of the RAND Corporation’s international security program and worked in the Defense Department. He also has held positions at multiple universities and think tanks in the United States and Europe.

Chivvis is also the author of three scholarly books and several monographs and articles. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, National Public Radio, and several other outlets. 

Chris holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins, where he teaches courses on international history and U.S. foreign policy. 

All work from Christopher S. Chivvis

83 Results
Making Big Changes in U.S. Foreign Policy: Opportunities and Obstacles for the Next Administration
July 23, 2024
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM EDT

A growing number of analysts argue that the era of U.S. hyperpower is over and that the country needs a strategic reorientation. But major changes in U.S. foreign policy are difficult to achieve and have occurred only rarely in history.

In The Media
in the media
NATO Is Turning 75, but How Much Is There to Celebrate?

It is important that NATO has survived for so many decades, but staying alive can’t be the standard for judging success. Real success comes from serving the concrete interests of the members of the alliance.

· July 1, 2024
Foreign Policy
Lines of neon colors intersecting on a dark blue background
How AI Might Affect Decisionmaking in a National Security Crisis

In a time-sensitive U.S. national crisis, AI would impact the speed, perception, and groupthink of bureaucratic decisionmakers.

In The Media
in the media
The World Must Reject Russia’s Nuclear Posturing – But Not Ignore the Danger

The closer Nato hugs Ukraine, the more Putin is sure to brandish his nuclear arms, and the greater the risk he uses them

· May 8, 2024
The Guardian
Pivotal States: Russia and U.S. Global Strategy
May 1, 2024

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought bilateral relations with the U.S. to their lowest point since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Yet Russia holds sway over many U.S. foreign policy priorities. How can the U.S. support European security without sacrificing its other interests?

In The Media
in the media
How Washington Should Manage Rising Middle Powers

And why it would be a mistake to judge emerging powers by the strength of their ties to China or Russia.

· April 30, 2024
Foreign Policy
U.S. Policy Toward Venezuela Is a Mix of Hope and Realism

Democracy, migration, and influence from China and Russia are among the key issues at stake.

· April 16, 2024
Pivotal States: The Venezuela Problem
April 10, 2024

Venezuela’s ties with traditional U.S. allies have kept the country afloat while it has destabilized Latin America and slid further into lawlessness. With U.S. sanctions likely to snap back on April 18, 2024, what can the United States reasonably do about the Venezuela problem it faces?

Emerging Powers and the Future of American Statecraft

Collectively, a group of emerging powers in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East are growing in their geopolitical weight and diplomatic ambition. How closely do they align with the United States when it comes to Russia and China? What drives their decisions on the world stage? How can the United States integrate them into its foreign policy strategy?