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 Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin Commission and a native German speaker.

Events
07
February 2023
Virtual Event | Hudson Institute
Impressions from the Lublin Triangle: An Update on the War in Ukraine
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Žygimantas Pavilionis
Radoslaw Fogiel
Oleksandr Merezhko
poland lithuania ukraine
07
February 2023
Virtual Event | Hudson Institute
Impressions from the Lublin Triangle: An Update on the War in Ukraine

An update on the war in Ukraine with Žygimantas Pavilionis, Radoslaw Fogiel, and Oleksandr Merezhko, chairs of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committees of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine, respectively. 

Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00AM
poland lithuania ukraine
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Žygimantas Pavilionis
Radoslaw Fogiel
Oleksandr Merezhko
31
January 2023
Past Event
Moving beyond Tragedy: Bucha's Mayor and Deputy Mayor Look to the Future
Featured Speakers:
Anatolii Fedoruk
Mykhailyna Skoryk-Shkarivska
Brock Bierman
Moderator:
Peter Rough
An aerial view shows the St Andrew church in Bucha, on April 7, 2022, amid Russia's military invasion launched on Ukraine. - The UN humanitarian chief said on April 7 during a visit to the town of Bucha outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, which included a stop at the site of a mass grave that Ukrainians had dug near a church, that investigators would probe civilian deaths uncovered after Russian troops withdrew. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
31
January 2023
Past Event
Moving beyond Tragedy: Bucha's Mayor and Deputy Mayor Look to the Future

Peter Rough will host Bucha Mayor Anatolii Fedoruk and Deputy Mayor Mykhailyna Skoryk-Shkarivska for a discussion about moving beyond the atrocity and Bucha’s role in the future of Ukraine. 

Tuesday 12:30 - 1:30PM
An aerial view shows the St Andrew church in Bucha, on April 7, 2022, amid Russia's military invasion launched on Ukraine. - The UN humanitarian chief said on April 7 during a visit to the town of Bucha outside the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, which included a stop at the site of a mass grave that Ukrainians had dug near a church, that investigators would probe civilian deaths uncovered after Russian troops withdrew. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Anatolii Fedoruk
Mykhailyna Skoryk-Shkarivska
Brock Bierman
Moderator:
Peter Rough
02
December 2022
Past Event
The Importance of US Alliances in Europe: A Conversation with Senator Joni Ernst
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Senator Joni Ernst
europe center
02
December 2022
Past Event
The Importance of US Alliances in Europe: A Conversation with Senator Joni Ernst

Senior Fellow Peter Rough and Senator Joni Ernst discuss the state of Europe, transatlantic relations, and how to best meet America’s interests in the decades to come.

Friday 5:00 - 6:00AM
europe center
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Senator Joni Ernst
01
December 2022
Past Event
Russia, China, the Indo-Pacific, and Transatlantic Relations: The View from Brussels with Stefano Sannino
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Stefano Sannino
Stefano Sannino
01
December 2022
Past Event
Russia, China, the Indo-Pacific, and Transatlantic Relations: The View from Brussels with Stefano Sannino

Please join Hudson Senior Fellow Peter Rough as he welcomes the Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Stefano Sannino, for a discussion on these and other matters.

Thursday 11:30 - 1:00PM
Stefano Sannino
Featured Speakers:
Peter Rough
Stefano Sannino