Samuel Charap

Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia


Main Responsibilities: Samuel Charap is the Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, based in the IISS–Americas office in Washington DC.  

Expertise: Politics, political economy and foreign policies of Russia, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, and Central Asia; European and Eurasian regional security; US and EU policy toward Europe and Eurasia; arms control; US foreign policy.

Background: Prior to joining the Institute, Samuel was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the US Department of State, serving as Senior Advisor to the Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security and on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff. From 2009–2011, Samuel was Director for Russia and Eurasia at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington DC-based think tank. Before joining CAP, he was a visiting fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and also consulted on political risks in Russia and Eurasia for Medley Global Advisors, the Eurasia Group, and Oxford Analytica, and served in the NATO Liaison Office in Kiev, Ukraine. 

Samuel’s work has been published in the Washington QuarterlyWashington PostCurrent HistoryNew York Times, Survival and several other journals and newspapers. He holds a doctorate in politics and a masters in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He received his BA from Amherst College. He was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center and the International Center for Policy Studies (Kiev), and a Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Samuel is fluent in Russian and proficient in Ukrainian. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  

Previous Publications:

Consequences of a New Cold War, Survival, April-May 2015

Is Russia an Outside Power in the Gulf?, Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS, 2014

Ukraine: Seeking an Elusive New Normal, Survival, June-July 2014

Russia, the West and the Integration Dilemma, Survival, December 2013-January 2014

Joined IISS: November 2012

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