Andrew Kuchins is a senior fellow and the 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. A great deal of his more recent scholarship has been devoted to the Project on the Northern Distribution Network (NDN) and his analysis of the situation in Afghanistan, emphasizing the importance of an economic strategy in conjunction with the U.S. military presence there. His recent publications include The Key to Success in Afghanistan: A Modern Silk Road Strategy, coauthored with S. Fred Starr (Central Asia–Caucasus Institute, May 2010), Russia after the Global Economic Crisis, coedited with Anders Aslund and Sergei Guriev (Peterson Institute, June 2010), “The Speeding Troika” (Russia Beyond the Headlines, September 2010), and “Keep on Truckin’” (Foreign Policy, October 2010).
From 2000 to 2006, Kuchins was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was director of its Russian and Eurasian Program in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2003 and again in 2006, and director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in Russia from 2003 to 2005. He has also held senior management and research positions at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Kuchins currently teaches at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has also taught at Georgetown and Stanford Universities. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins SAIS.