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 Global Times March 29, 2015
    Bureaucracy and Corruption Stand in Way of Russia’s Shift to Asia

    Russia’s “pivot to Asia” is meeting with a number of challenges, such as bureaucratic inertia, lack of workable ideas, and high levels of corruption. However, there are ways of dealing with all of them.

  • Op-Ed Russia Direct March 7, 2015
    How to Fix the U.S.-Russian Relationship

    There is little chance of moving U.S.-Russian relations out of the current crisis, due to fundamental differences in how both nations view the world. The best people can hope for is that the more dangerous path will not be taken.

  • Op-Ed Global Times February 26, 2015
    From a Greater Europe to a Greater Asia?

    A Greater Asia, stretching from Shanghai to St. Petersburg, could transform the entire continent of Eurasia and have a significant impact on the global balance of power.

  • Op-Ed Guardian February 15, 2015 Русский
    Ukraine Points Towards the Start of a Tumultuous New Era in World Politics

    Ukraine and the global crisis over it point to the start of a new period in world politics. Great powers—Russia overtly, China covertly—are challenging the U.S.-dominated order. Also, in the foreseeable future, there will be no common security system in Europe.

  • Op-Ed National Interest February 12, 2015 Русский
    The Disturbing Legacy of the Ukraine Crisis

    The new Minsk agreement will not necessarily prevent further escalation, but it might postpone it. The world should work hard to make sure that the shaky truce does not founder, leading to a broader war.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 11, 2015
    What Would It Take to Restore a Peace Order in Europe?

    Western leaders’ recent attempts to assure a diplomatic resolution of the Ukraine crisis may come to no avail. Is it possible to restore the peaceful, European status quo amidst such rapidly growing East-West animosity? Eurasia Outlook asked Carnegie’s experts to share their thoughts.

  • Op-Ed German Times February 9, 2015
    The Kremlin Perspective

    Through its actions in Ukraine, Russia wants to consolidate its new strategic perimeter without being drawn into a full-scale war.

  • Op-Ed Global Times January 26, 2015
    Moscow Takes BRICS Summit As New Launch Pad for Global Influence

    By hosting the seventh summit of the BRICS group, Vladimir Putin will demonstrate to the Russian people and the world that his country is anything but isolated.

  • Op-Ed Horizons January 21, 2015
    From Cooperation to Competition—Russia and the West

    The year 2014 ended the period of cooperation between Russia and the West. A new period has begun, marked by rivalry and competition. At the same time, Russia has been seeking ways to strengthen ties with leading non-Western powers.

  • Op-Ed Global Times January 15, 2015
    Putin’s Biggest Challenge Is Public Support

    To escape the analogy of a revolution, Vladimir Putin must rise above the rapacious elite, and to avoid being overthrown, he must replace it.

  • 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.

  • Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs February 27, 2015
    The United States, Russia, and Ukraine: Report From Moscow

    The confrontation between Russia and the United States that the world experiences today potentially could even be more dangerous than the Cold War, because each side believes that it has a monopoly on truth.

  • WBUR’s Here and Now July 21, 2014
    The Russian View of What Happened to Flight MH17

    With the international investigation of the Malaysian plane crash yet to begin in earnest, the West will base its understanding on evidence supplied mainly by the United States and Russia will see Western actions as punishment not for shooting down the plane, but rather for Moscow’s position on Ukraine.

  • 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.

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