Andrew C. Kuchins

Andrew C. Kuchins , Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies
European and Eurasian Studies


  • Eastern Europe
  • Russia

Background and Education

Andrew C. Kuchins is an adjunct professor with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and a senior fellow and director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia program.  He is an internationally known expert on Russian foreign and domestic policies who publishes widely and is frequently called on by business, government, media, and academic leaders for comment and consulting on Russian and Eurasian affairs.  His more recent scholarship has been devoted to issues including U.S.-Russia relations and the "reset", Russia's Asia strategy, and the role of energy in the Russian Far East. 

From 2000-2006, Kuchins was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he previously served as director of its Russian and Eurasian Program in Washington, DC from 2000-2003 and again in 2006.  He was director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in Russia from 2003-2005.  He has also held senior managment and research positions at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley.  

Kuchins has also taught at Georgetown and Stanford Universities.  He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS. 

Spring 2014 
From the Tsaris...
From the Tsarist period through the Soviet era to contemporary Russia, political and economic power have been tightly linked. Usually the goals of economic growth and prosperity have taken a back seat to highly centralized political power. During the first half of this course, we will examine how this phenomenon developed in Tsarist and Soviet Russia and how the Soviet Union failed to resolve this dilemma and collapsed. The second half of the course will be devoted to the last twenty years of the development of post-Soviet Russia with emphasis on the contemporary challenges Russian leaders face as Russia becomes more prosperous and demands for better governance grow as modernization theory would predict.