Matthew Rojansky

Former Deputy Director
Russia and Eurasia Program
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Rojansky, formerly executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America, is an expert on U.S. and Russian national security and nuclear-weapon policies.


JD, Stanford Law School
AB, History, Harvard University


English; Hebrew; Russian

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Matthew Rojansky is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Matthew Rojansky was the deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment. An expert on U.S. and Russian national security and nuclear-weapon policies, his work focuses on relations among the United States, NATO, and the states of the former Soviet Union. Additionally, he is responsible for Carnegie’s Ukraine Program and analysis of politics and security in Eastern Europe, including Belarus and Moldova.

From 2007 to 2010, Rojansky served as executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). Founded by former congressman Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former senator Warren Rudman (R-NH) with a group of two dozen former senior leaders from both political parties, PSA seeks to rebuild bipartisan dialogue and productive debate on U.S. national security and foreign policy challenges.

While at PSA, Rojansky orchestrated high-level bipartisan initiatives aimed at repairing the U.S.-Russian relationship, strengthening the U.S. commitment to nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, and leveraging global science engagement for diplomacy.

Prior to PSA, Rojansky clerked for Judge Charles E. Erdmann at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the highest court for the U.S. military. He has also served as a consultant on the Arab–Israeli conflict and as a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.

Rojansky is an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC, and a participant in the Dartmouth Dialogues, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960.

He is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy

  • Op-Ed National Interest May 2, 2013
    Fixing Russia Cooperation After Boston

    After the Boston bombings it should be clearer than ever before that the United States needs fulsome security partnerships with other countries.

  • Op-Ed National Interest April 16, 2013
    The Magnitsky List’s Limited Impact

    The Obama administration opted for a smaller than expected 'Magnitsky List' due to concerns that such a move would derail the prospects for further cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

  • Op-Ed CNN April 12, 2013
    Will Ukraine Seize Its EU Chance?

    Ukraine, the largest country that is wholly within Europe yet outside the EU, should receive a path to closer EU integration, but only if it meets a set of key conditions intended to demonstrate its commitment to basic European values.

  • Op-Ed Guardian February 21, 2013
    Putin and Obama Need to do More Than Reset Relations (Again)

    Despite the recent rapid deterioration in relations, the United States and Russia need to continue talk to each other in order to preserve mutually beneficial cooperation.

  • U.S. Naval War College January 29, 2013
    Thin Ice: The Dangerous Instability of U.S.-Russia Relations

    Russia's perceptions of itself have a very real affect on its bilateral relations with the United States.

  • Paper January 16, 2013 Русский
    An Opportunity for Ambition: Ukraine’s OSCE Chairmanship

    Ukraine cannot afford to set an overly broad agenda for the OSCE. Kyiv must focus on a handful of opportunities that reinforce the vision of a Euro-Atlantic security community.

  • Op-Ed Valdai Club December 4, 2012
    Vladimir Putin Tries to Restore Monopoly of Power

    In the public battle over corrupt officials in Russia, efforts are being made to remove those officials from the government, while at the same time not fundamentally changing the system that allowed them to pursue their corrupt ends.

  • Romney and Obama
    Op-Ed National Interest October 23, 2012
    The Great Debate

    The third presidential debate lacked a strategic vision for U.S. foreign policy toward Russia and China.

  • Op-Ed Day October 16, 2012 Русский
    Presiding Over the OSCE: Challenges and Opportunities

    Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe opens a lot of challenges to Ukraine, and at the same time, a window of opportunity.

  • Op-Ed National Interest October 2, 2012
    Romney's Freedom Agenda

    Mitt Romney's speech at the Clinton Global Initiative called for U.S. foreign assistance policy to embrace the potential of free enterprise over often ill-received freedom agendas.

  • CNN Piers Morgan Live April 24, 2013
    The Role of Islam and the Radicalization of the Brothers Tsarnaev

    Muslims make up around 20 percent of Russia’s population and there are disgruntled elements that are active on the internet.

  • CNN Piers Morgan Live April 23, 2013
    The Boston Marathon Bombings Aftermath and Analysis

    There is so far no evidence that the two suspects in the Boston bombings had direct links with any known terrorist organizations in the region. Most likely, the overall environment was conducive to their radicalization.

  • CTV NEWS April 19, 2013
    Bombing Suspects’ Ties to the North Caucasus

    If proven to be part of a Caucasian-based jihad, the Boston Marathon bombings would be the first time Islamist actions from that region had been perpetrated against the United States.

  • Fox Business News April 19, 2013
    Are the Suspects’ Ties to Chechnya Significant?

    The Boston Marathon bombing offers evidence of the importance of Moscow and Washington sharing intelligence on security issues.

  • TalkRadio RABC April 19, 2013
    Examining Possible Chechen Links in Bombing Plot

    It is important not to assume there is a link between the Tsarnaev brothers and the motivations behind Chechen separatist or Islamist groups.

  • CNN International March 20, 2013
    Crisis in Cyprus

    Despite Cyprus' favorable fiscal and legal enviroment and the fact that Russian state is one of Cyprus' main creditors, Russia's involvement has generated some surprises.

  • FM4 ORF Austrian Radio November 16, 2012
    Russia and World Politics

    While President Putin may be in a fight for legitimacy at home, Russian foreign policy still benefits from a large consensus.

  • Fox News' Happening Now June 19, 2012
    Are U.S., Russia Diplomatic "Reset" Efforts Working?

    The U.S.-Russian reset in bilateral relations occurred three years ago, but a lot has changed since then.

  • CTV June 14, 2012
    Opposition Rally in Moscow Draws Tens of Thousands

    The recent public protests in Moscow differ from those in December and March because so far, they seem centered in Moscow, while the previous protests were widespread throughout the country.

  • Fox News June 14, 2012
    Syria and U.S.-Russia Relations

    As Obama and Putin prepare to meet at the G-20 summit in Mexico, the Syrian crisis is at the top of the U.S.-Russia agenda.

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