Peter Rough

Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Europe and Eurasia

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At A Glance:

Peter Rough is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Europe and Eurasia at Hudson Institute.

Biography

Peter Rough is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Europe and Eurasia at Hudson Institute. In that capacity, he writes and comments on US foreign policy and regularly briefs official delegations, news media, public intellectuals, academics, and business leaders from around the world. Mr. Rough also convenes several track 1.5 dialogues.

Mr. Rough is a regular commentator on major radio and television and speaker in public forums. While at the institute, he has been named a next generation leader at the Munich Security Conference, Atlantik-Brücke, the Center for New American Security, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He has also helped edit Hudson’s journal, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.

Mr. Rough is also principal and founder of Hilltop Solutions, a limited liability company that performs writing and research services for academics, executives, and political professionals. Previously, as director of research in the Office of George W. Bush, Mr. Rough assisted the former president with his memoir, Decision Points. In 2014, his highly acclaimed collaboration with Leila Fawaz on a social history of World War I in the Middle East, A Land of Aching Hearts, was published by Harvard University Press.

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Rough served as associate director in the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he helped coordinate political strategy and outreach to key stakeholders. He has also completed stints as a policy analyst at the US Agency for International Development, where he was staff briefer to Administrator Henrietta Fore, and as an advisor to US Army Special Operations Command, where he analyzed unconventional warfare doctrine for the commanding general’s Strategic Initiatives Group. In 2012, he was responsible for US-Russia bilateral relations as a member of the Romney for President Russia Working Group. In 2016, he served as a member of the Rubio for President Middle East Working Group.

Mr. Rough began his career at the Republican National Committee specializing in political research. A proud native of Des Moines, Iowa, he holds his BA, summa cum laude, from the George Washington University and MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was a Cabot corporation scholar.

He is a member of the board of the American Main Street Initiative and previously was a commissioner of the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Commission in Berlin. Mr. Rough is also a member of the Friends of Ukraine Network’s (FOUN) Task Force on National Security and vice chair of the Reagan Institute’s Foreign for American Leadership Europe group.

Mr. Rough is a native German speaker.

Events
28
February 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
Taking Stock of Ukraine in 2024
Featured Speakers:
Lieutenant General Karel Řehka
Lt. General Leonard Kosinski
Jan Jireš
Oksana Markarova
Mark Newton
Maria Tomak
Luke Coffey
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Rustem Umerov
Moderators:
Peter Rough
Jeremy Hunt
A Ukrainian flag is hanging in the window of an apartment building that has been heavily damaged during Russia's massive rocket attack on Kyiv, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 3, 2024. (Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
28
February 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
Taking Stock of Ukraine in 2024
A Ukrainian flag is hanging in the window of an apartment building that has been heavily damaged during Russia's massive rocket attack on Kyiv, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 3, 2024. (Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lieutenant General Karel Řehka
Lt. General Leonard Kosinski
Jan Jireš
Oksana Markarova
Mark Newton
Maria Tomak
Luke Coffey
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Rustem Umerov
Moderators:
Peter Rough
Jeremy Hunt
14
February 2024
Past Event
Goodbye Globalization: A Book Event with Elisabeth Braw
Featured Speakers:
Elizabeth Braw
Peter Rough
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14
February 2024
Past Event
Goodbye Globalization: A Book Event with Elisabeth Braw
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Featured Speakers:
Elizabeth Braw
Peter Rough
12
February 2024
Past Event
Changing Russia’s Calculus and Laying the Groundwork for Ukrainian Victory
Featured Speakers:
Kusti Salm
Peter Rough
An aerial view shows Ukraine's Motherland Monument with its new Ukrainian coat of arms shield on November 22, 2023, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Kostya Liberov/Libkos via Getty Images)
12
February 2024
Past Event
Changing Russia’s Calculus and Laying the Groundwork for Ukrainian Victory
An aerial view shows Ukraine's Motherland Monument with its new Ukrainian coat of arms shield on November 22, 2023, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Kostya Liberov/Libkos via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Kusti Salm
Peter Rough
13
November 2023
Past Event
The Decisive Moment for Ukraine: A Conversation with Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine
Featured Speakers:
Andriy Yermak
Peter Rough
Moderator:
Luke Coffey
On Kruty Heroes Remembrance Day, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy honored the memory of those who died in the struggle for independent Ukraine during the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921.
13
November 2023
Past Event
The Decisive Moment for Ukraine: A Conversation with Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine

Hudson’s Center on Europe and Eurasia will host Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak to discuss the state of the 2023 counteroffensive, the future of United States–Ukraine relations, and the status of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s peace formula.

On Kruty Heroes Remembrance Day, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy honored the memory of those who died in the struggle for independent Ukraine during the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921.
Featured Speakers:
Andriy Yermak
Peter Rough
Moderator:
Luke Coffey
This aerial photograph taken on February 1, 2024, shows residential buildings destroyed by shelling in Izyum, Kharkiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Roman PILIPEY / AFP) (Photo by ROMAN PILIPEY/AFP via Getty Images)
Caption
Residential buildings destroyed by shelling in Izyum, Kharkiv, on February 1, 2024. (Roman Pilipey/AFP via Getty Images)
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