Samuel Charap

Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia



  • Politics and international relations of Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia
  • Russia’s relations with the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
  • US and EU policy toward Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia; European security, nuclear and conventional arms control, deterrence

Languages: English, Russian

Summary: 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. He conducts research and manages Institute programming on his areas of expertise.

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 (Kyiv), and a Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.


  • 2011–2012: Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security and member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State
  • 2009–2011: Director for Russia and Eurasia at the Center for American Progress
  • 2008–2009: Visiting Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Selected Publications:

  • Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia (Routledge, forthcoming), with Timothy J. Colton
  • ‘The Ghost of Hybrid War’, Survival (57-6, December 2015–January 2016)
  • ‘Consequences of a New Cold War’, Survival (57-2, April–May 2015), with Jeremy Shapiro
  • ‘Russia, the West and the Integration Dilemma’, Survival (55-6, December 2013–January 2014), with Mikhail Troitskiy

About the Russia and Eurasia Programme:

Based in the Institute's Washington DC office, the IISS Russia and Eurasia Programme focuses on the politics, political economy, and international relations of Russia and the other states of post-Soviet Eurasia. The programme also manages international Track II initiatives that bring together American, Russian, and European experts and policymakers to discuss key regional issues and offer policy solutions. Recent and ongoing projects have covered the regional order in post-Soviet Europe and Eurasia, the Ukraine crisis, the future of US-Russia nuclear deterrence, and Russian policy in the Asia-Pacific. 

Joined IISS: November 2012

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