Eugene Rumer

Director and Senior Fellow
Russia and Eurasia Program
Rumer, a former national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council, is a senior fellow and the director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program.


BA, Boston University 
MA, Georgetown University
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Eugene Rumer is a senior fellow and the director of Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Rumer was the national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the U.S. National Intelligence Council from 2010 to 2014. Earlier, he held research appointments at the National Defense University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the RAND Corporation. He has also served on the National Security Council staff and at the State Department, taught at Georgetown University and the George Washington University, and published widely.

  • Op-Ed Wall Street Journal November 22, 2021
    For Putin, the Great Prize Has Always Been Ukraine

    But one significant piece of unfinished business remains, and that is Ukraine. For the man who dubbed the breakup of the Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century, the ultimate prize would be bringing Ukraine and its capital Kyiv, which the official historiography portrays as the medieval cradle of Russia’s greatness and statehood, back into the fold.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence
    Article November 12, 2021
    Ukraine: Putin’s Unfinished Business

    Putin has stepped up his rhetoric about Ukraine throughout 2021. With new moves on the Russian-Ukrainian border, the saber-rattling has to be taken seriously.

  • Vladimir Putin and military officers
    Paper June 30, 2021
    Grand Illusions: The Impact of Misperceptions About Russia on U.S. Policy

    Getting Russia right—assessing its capabilities and intentions, the long-term drivers of its policy and threat perceptions, as well as its accomplishments—is essential because the alternative of misreading them is a recipe for wasted resources, distorted national priorities, and increased risk of confrontation.

  • Russia in the Mediterranean: Here to Stay
    Paper May 27, 2021
    Russia in the Mediterranean: Here to Stay

    Russia is in the Mediterranean to stay. As long as the Kremlin remains locked in a tense standoff with NATO, it will aim to prevent the alliance from dominating the region.

  • Op-Ed Defense News April 8, 2021
    Punishing Germany for Nord Stream 2 Does Nothing to Stop Putin

    The Biden administration has pledged to rebuild ties to U.S. allies frayed during the four years of the Trump presidency. U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2 would amount to a self-defeating move that might not cause a major injury to the crucial U.S. ally in Europe, but for sure would be an insult.

  • Russia in the Arctic—A Critical Examination
    Paper March 29, 2021 Русский
    Russia in the Arctic—A Critical Examination

    Russia has big Arctic plans, but how they will be realized is uncertain. For the United States this will likely mean the return to a Cold War–like environment rather than a new chapter in great-power competition in the Arctic.

  • Silhouettes of the Moscow Kremlin
    Article March 9, 2021
    Back to Basics on Russia Policy

    The arrival of the Biden administration offers an opportunity to rebuild the common transatlantic approach to Russia. To get there both sides will have to compromise.

  • Commentary March 2, 2021 Русский
    Kissinger Revisited. Can the United States Drive a Wedge Between Russia and China?

    The Trump administration’s attempt to replicate Henry Kissinger’s diplomatic maneuvering between the Soviet Union and China in the early 1970s is a good example of the misuse of history.

  • Op-Ed Politico February 7, 2021
    Why the New START Extension Could Be the End of Arms Control as We Know It

    Once the extended New START expires in five years, there is virtually no chance that another negotiated treaty will be waiting to succeed it. New ways of managing the U.S.-Russian strategic competition are needed that manage new technologies that promise to be far more destabilizing than one side’s mere superiority in strategic nuclear warheads or missiles.

  • Commentary October 29, 2020 Русский
    Will a New U.S. Administration Mean Change on Ukraine and Belarus?

    To anyone who has followed U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy for the past four years—and especially the last two years—of the Trump administration, the answer will be unambiguously “yes.”

  • DefAero Report April 29, 2021
    DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast

    Russia expert discusses the latest on U.S.-Russian relations, Putin’s handling of domestic dissent, the recent strategic exercise on the Ukrainian boarder and much more.

  • Babel September 15, 2020
    Babel: Translating the Middle East

    Babel will take you beyond the headlines to discuss what’s really happening in the Middle East and North Africa. It features regional experts who explain what’s going on, provide context on pivotal developments, and highlight trends you may have missed.

  • BBC Newshour March 30, 2017
    Witness to U.S. Senate Committee Points Finger of Blame at Russia

    There is evidence that Russia directly intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

  • C-SPAN’s Washington Journal February 24, 2017
    U.S.-Russia Relations and the Trump Administration

    The United States should strike a “middle path” in its policy toward Russia: standing up for core U.S. principles and values but also cooperating with Russia where necessary.

  • WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show April 16, 2015
    Ukraine in Perspective

    As Ukraine’s conflict with Russian-backed separatists enters its second year, the United States and Europe need to formulate a new policy toward the region.

  • Bloomberg TV February 23, 2015
    Sanctions Will Not Deter Putin

    The West’s policy of imposing sanctions on Russia and sending weapons to Kyiv will not cause the Kremlin to change its course on Ukraine.

  • WBUR On Point with Tom Ashbrook February 4, 2015
    U.S. Weighs Ukrainian Military Aid

    Russia is backing a new offensive in the Donbas and economic sanctions are not stopping it. Should U.S. military aid to Ukraine be the next step?

  • Bloomberg TV April 15, 2014
    Ukraine Crisis Hits a New Phase

    The Ukraine crisis has reached a new phase that could lead to outright conflict between Ukraine and Russia. However, it is not clear what Russia’s strategy is in Ukraine and what it hopes to achieve.

  • 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.

  • Bloomberg TV February 21, 2014
    Will the Ukraine Peace Pact Hold?

    The situation in Ukraine remains fluid and it is not clear whether the agreement between Yanukovych and the opposition leaders will hold.

  • May 4, 2021 Live Online
    Cooperation Over Competition in the World’s High North?

    Recently, the Arctic has again become the arena for increasingly intense international competition. The militarization of the region is gathering pace.

  • The United States, Russia, and China in the Time of Pandemic
    July 13, 2020 Live Online
    The United States, Russia, and China in the Time of Pandemic

    Competition and tension between Washington, Moscow, and Beijing seem all but inevitable, pushed forward by the domestic drivers of foreign policy. But are there prospects for détente or even meaningful episodic cooperation between the three countries on the issues that divide them? 

  • Are Trump and Putin Cooking Up a New Reset?
    April 20, 2020 Live Online
    Are Trump and Putin Cooking Up a New Reset?

    Over the past two weeks, contacts between Presidents Trump and Putin have accelerated dramatically. Putin is trying to make common cause with the United States to deal with a deadly enemy, but is such a reset possible?

  • Responding to China's Rise: Russia
    October 23, 2019 Beijing 中文
    Responding to China’s Rise: Russia

    As the United States faces pronounced difficulties in its relations with Russia and China in both the security and economic spheres, China-Russia ties are steadily improving.

  • November 1, 2016 Moscow Русский
    Central Asia on Crossroads

    Carnegie Moscow Center organized a conference on contemporary issues in Central Asia.

  • April 20, 2016 Washington, DC
    Return to Cold War

    The 2014 crisis in Ukraine sent a tottering U.S.-Russian relationship over a cliff—a dangerous descent into deep mistrust, severed ties, and potential confrontation reminiscent of the Cold War period.

  • September 10, 2015 Washington, DC
    Ukraine Reform Monitor Launch

    The recent violent protests in Kyiv during parliamentary debates about constitutional changes and autonomy for eastern Ukraine underscore the country’s daunting domestic challenges.

  • June 1, 2015 Brussels
    Ukraine Unrest: Unraveling Post–Cold War Order?

    Despite the Ukraine crisis being the most serious between Russia and the West since the Cold War, the West must not forget the importance of stable relations with Moscow.

  • February 20, 2015 Washington, DC
    Conflict in Ukraine

    The current conflict in Ukraine has spawned the most serious crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

  • February 19, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    Debate: Should the West Arm Ukraine?

    Western capitals have a broad commitment to support Ukraine’s government, but the form this support should take has been much debated.


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