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Richard Weitz

Director, Center for Political-Military Analysis

Richard Weitz is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Dr. Weitz is also an Expert at Wikistrat and a non-resident Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Before joining Hudson in 2003, Dr. Weitz worked for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Defense Science Board, DFI International, Inc., Center for Strategic Studies, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Weitz is a graduate of Harvard University (Ph.D. in Political Science), Oxford University (M.Phil. in Politics), the London School of Economics (M.Sc. in International Relations), and Harvard College (B.A. with Highest Honors in Government), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is proficient in Russian, French, and German.

Dr. Weitz has authored or edited several books and monographs, including Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st-Century Strategy (Praeger, 2013), Global Security Watch-China (Praeger, 2013), two volumes of National Security Case Studies (Project on National Security Reform; 2012 and 2008); War and Governance: International Security in a Changing World Order (Praeger, 2011); The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow (Strategic Studies Institute, 2010); Global Security Watch-Russia (Praeger, 2009); China-Russia Security Relations (Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College, 2008); Kazakhstan and the New International Politics of Eurasia (Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, 2008); Mismanaging Mayhem: How Washington Responds to Crisis (Praeger, 2008); The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis (Strategic Studies Institute, 2007); and Revitalising U.S.–Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures (International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2005).

Dr. Weitz has also published in such journals as Survival, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, The Washington Quarterly, The National Interest, NATO Review, Global Asia, Arms Control Today, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Defense Concepts, Pacific Focus, Journal of Defence Studies, Small Wars Journal, WMD Insights, Parameters: US Army War College Quarterly, Naval War College Review, World Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Strategic Studies, and Yale Journal of International Affairs.

The commentaries of Dr. Weitz have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Baltimore Sun, The Guardian, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal (Europe), Japan Times, and many Internet-based publications such as those of the, ForeignPolicy.Com, YaleGlobal, The Diplomat, EurasiaNet, Project Syndicate, Middle East Times, Eurasia Daily Monitor, and World Politics Review, where he is columnist.

Dr. Weitz has appeared on the BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, ABC, FOX, MSNBC, VOA, NHK, UK Channel 4, ITN, France 24, Deutsche Welle, CBC, CTV, RT, ARD, KSA, Al-Hurra, Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, Al-Alam, Kuwait TV, Dubai TV, CCTV, IHA TV, Pacifica Radio, and additional broadcast media. He has delivered numerous presentations at conferences, panels, and other events.

Dr. Weitz would like to thank the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for supporting his nonproliferation research.


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Ukraine: Crisis for Central Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance

Rise of Radical Islamism in the South Caucasus: The Threat and the Response

Strengthening the Global Partnership Against the Spread of WMD

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Richard Weitz interviewed by VOA China on the New China Defense White Paper

Richard Weitz quoted in Voice of America on the unlikelihood of Beijing and Moscow becoming military allies

Richard Weitz quoted in Anadolu Agency on U.S.-Russian relations

Richard Weitz interviewed by VOA on North Korea-Russia relations

Richard Weitz quoted in CNN on Putin’s intentions behind the WWII celebration and Kim Jong Un’s visit

Richard Weitz interviewed in RFE/RL on Russia’s missiles and the INF Treaty

Richard Weitz interviewed by RFE/RL on the situation in Ukraine

Richard Weitz quoted in VOA on Obama and Merkel’s strategies on Ukraine

Richard Weitz quoted in International Business Times on the Russian and Ukrainian militaries after the fall of the Soviet Union

Richard Weitz quoted in International Business Tribune on Abe’s options for the Japanese hostages held by ISIS

Richard Weitz cited in Voice of America (Russia) on the State of the Union

Richard Weitz quoted in Al Jazeera on Kazakhstan’s role in accepting five Guantánamo prisoners

Richard Weitz quoted in Anadolu Agency on the Iranian nuclear deal

Richard Weitz interviewed by Al Jazeera on the role of China’s nationalism in the dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea

Richard Weitz quoted in Want China Times (Taiwan) on China’s growing influence in the Americas

Richard Weitz quoted in Nikkei Asian Review on Caspian Sea negotiations

Richard Weitz interviewed by Anadolu Agency (Turkey) on Turkish intelligence forces and Obama’s ISIS strategy in Syria

Richard Weitz interviewed on Al Jazeera on the UN’s help in the conflict between Israel and Palestine

Richard Weitz quoted in Voice of America (Russia) on sanctions against Russia

Richard Weitz quoted in Deutsche Welle (Denmark) on giving weapons to the Syrian opposition forces

Richard Weitz interviewed in Radio Liberty on U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons

Richard Weitz quoted in Global Times on Turkmenistan and the SCO

Richard Weitz quoted in Deutsche Welle (Turkish) on the U.S. and Turkey collaborating in the fight against IS

Richard Weitz interviewed in Radio Liberty (Russian) on the NATO Summit

Richard Weitz interviewed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Russian) on NATO’s concerns with Russia

Richard Weitz interviewed by Voice of Russia (UK) on the response to IS by the US and UK

Richard Weitz quoted in Voice of America (Russian) on the Russia-Ukraine negotiations

Richard Weitz interviewed in Xinhua News Agency (Chinese) on the current U.S.-Russia relationship

Richard Weitz interviewed in Radio Liberty (Russian) on Russia’s actions in Ukraine

Richard Weitz interviewed in VOA Russia on the crisis in Ukraine

Richard Weitz interviewed by Радио Свобода (Russia) on NATO’s influence on the Ukrainian crisis

Richard Weitz interviewed in Voice of America (Russia) on Ukraine President Poroshenko’s relationship with Putin

Richard Weitz quoted in Voice of America on the impact of Russia’s aggression

Richard Weitz quoted in Voice of America on NATO’s changed outlook on military dangers from the east

Richard Weitz quoted in Eurasia Review on NATO defense spending

Richard Weitz quoted in The Jerusalem Post on the Egyptian military

Richard Weitz quoted in Radio Liberty (Russian) on the U.S. State Department’s response to Russia

Richard Weitz quoted in Investor’s Business Daily on changes in military strikes