Dmitri Trenin

Carnegie Moscow Center
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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.

  • Новая ясность. К чему привела неделя переговоров России и Запада Commentary January 20, 2022 Русский
    What a Week of Talks Between Russia and the West Revealed

    Moscow’s demands of the United States and NATO are in fact the strategic goals of Russian policy in Europe. If Russia cannot achieve them by diplomatic means, it will resort to other methods.

  • Commentary January 6, 2022
    Russia Takes a Gamble in Kazakhstan

    If Russia succeeds in propping up the regime in Kazakhstan and making it more pro-Russian, then the Central Asian nation could, like Belarus, become a more reliable ally and partner for Russia.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Affairs December 28, 2021
    What Putin Really Wants in Ukraine

    Putin’s actions suggest that his true goal is not to conquer Ukraine and absorb it into Russia but to change the post-Cold War setup in Europe’s east. That setup left Russia as a rule-taker without much say in European security, which was centered on NATO.

  • Commentary December 2, 2021 Русский
    Russia-India: From Rethink to Adjust to Upgrade

    Russian-Indian relations are traditionally good. The chemistry between the leaders is excellent, and members of the public are well disposed toward each other. Economic ties have long been stalling, however, and mutual suspicions have recently been creeping in over India’s relations with America, and Russia’s with China. To make the good relationship truly great, Moscow must rethink, adjust, and upgrade its approach to India. Vladimir Putin’s forthcoming visit to New Delhi could be a starting point.

  • Commentary November 19, 2021 Русский
    Russian Foreign Policy: Shifting Gears

    Not long ago, a popular Russian joke went: “Those who do not want to listen to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will have to deal with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.” Now it is official.

  • Commentary November 18, 2021 Русский
    One Year On: Russia and the South Caucasus After the Karabakh War

    To mark the first anniversary of the Second Karabakh War, a group of experts from the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies published the book Storm Over the Caucasus. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, wrote the book’s afterword.

  • Commentary November 16, 2021 Русский
    After COP26: Russia’s Path to the Global Green Future

    Russia is certainly now taking climate-related issues seriously, but even though a latecomer in embracing the climate change agenda, it will not simply accept the West’s or the EU’s lead. Rather, it will act in accordance with its national interests.

  • Commentary October 29, 2021
    How Has Coronavirus Changed International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy?

    The pandemic has failed to bring geopolitical rivals together, but has it created new divisions, or merely amplified existing disagreements? And have any lessons been learned for dealing with other global challenges, like climate change?

  • Commentary October 19, 2021 Русский
    How the Arms Control Approach Could Help Russia Tackle Climate Change

    The right approach would probably be to create a special interagency coordinator under a senior official reporting directly to the head of state. It is vitally important that whoever heads the office is well respected by international partners: a worthy counterpart to the likes of John Kerry of the United States.

  • Commentary October 18, 2021 Русский
    The Impact of Sino-American Rivalry on Russia’s Relations With China

    In a world increasingly shaped by U.S.-Chinese superpower rivalry, Russia seeks to maintain an equilibrium, though not equidistance, vis-à-vis China, America, and their rivalry.

  • Polity July 4, 2019

    Russia is reputed to be a country whose past constantly changes to suit the purposes and vision of its ruling elite. Yet few would dispute that Russian history is one of extremes.

  • Polity November 29, 2017
    What Is Russia Up To in the Middle East?

    The eyes of the world are on the Middle East. Today, more than ever, this deeply-troubled region is the focus of power games between major global players vying for international influence. Absent from this scene for the past quarter century, Russia is now back with gusto. Yet its motivations, decision-making processes and strategic objectives remain hard to pin down.

  • Polity November 15, 2016
    Should We Fear Russia?

    The Cold War analogy is misleading. Relations between the West and Russia are certainly bad and dangerous now but they are bad and dangerous in new ways.

  • 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.

  • PBS NewsHour January 10, 2022
    U.S., Russia Begin Tense Talks Amid Stark Disagreements Over Ukraine

    But the important thing is that Moscow's agenda needs to be at the core of the negotiations.

  • Eurasia Group Foundation May 5, 2017
    Rethinking Russia

    The conflict between the United States and Russia is a conflict between dominance and leadership, as far the U.S. is concerned, and Russia’s yearning for a global oligarchy.

  • KCRW’s To the Point August 25, 2015
    The US, Russia, and “Hybrid Warfare”

    A Russian attack on NATO’s eastern member states was never likely. At the same time, the threat of escalation in eastern Ukraine and the potential for more direct Russian and NATO involvement in the fighting there is a clear and present danger.

  • China Radio International’s People In the Know May 8, 2015
    China-Russia Relations

    Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia has high value in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and the West’s response.

  • BBC’s Newshour April 24, 2015
    On the Growing Russia-China Relationship

    The rising relationship between China and Russia is based both on a common resentment toward Washington’s world dominance as well as on shared interests.

  • 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.

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