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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 WashingtonPost.com, 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.

Past Events

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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

Next Steps in Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Overcoming the Senate Impasse

The Nuclear Security Summit Process: Accomplishments and Lingering Challenges

Russia's Presidential Elections: Putinism 2.0 or Better?

Nuclear Security Summits: Impact and Assessment

Perspectives on the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

Cooperative Threat Reduction in the 21st Century

Nuclear Security in Pakistan: Issues and Implications

A Middle East WMD Conference: Best Way Forward?

The New START: Its Impact, Its Future

The NPT Review Conference: Where Do We Stand?

The Nuclear Posture Review: Challenges and Considerations

Iran and the Russian Reset

Assessing the Nuclear Security Summit

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and East Asia

Iran's Nuclear Challenge: U.S. Options