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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.

Before joining Hudson in 2005, Dr. Weitz worked for shorter terms at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Defense Science Board, Harvard University’, and other research institutions, 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 Promoting U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation (2017); Enhancing the Georgia-US Security Partnership (2016); Parsing Chinese-Russian Military Exercises (2015); China and Afghanistan After the NATO Withdrawal (2015); Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms (2015); Turkey’s New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States (2014); Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific (2013); Global Security Watch—China (2013); War and Governance: International Security in a Changing World Order (2011); The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow (2010); Global Security Watch—Russia (2009); China-Russia Security Relations (2008); Mismanaging Mayhem: How Washington Responds to Crisis (2008); The Reserve Policies of Nations (2007); and Revitalising U.S.–Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures (2005); and two volumes of National Security Case Studies (Project on National Security Reform, 2012 and 2008);

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, Forbes, Wall Street Journal (Europe), Japan Times, and many Internet-based publications such as, Foreign Policy, YaleGlobal, The Diplomat, EurasiaNet, Project Syndicate, Real Clear Defense, The Hill, Roll Call, Middle East Times, Eurasia Daily Monitor, and World Politics Review. He has also been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science Magazine, and many other publications.

Dr. Weitz has appeared on the BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, MSNBC, VOA, NHK, France 24, UK Channel 4, ITV News UK, Deutsche Welle, CBC, CTV, CBS, Sun, RT, ARD, KSA, K24, TRT, Dozhd’, 218TV, Kurdissat, Al-Hurra, Al-Arabiya, China Radio International, VOA, Alhurra, NTDTV, Al Jazeera, RFE/RL, Russian Channel 5, CCTV, EWTN News, Sky News Arabia, Ireland National Radio, Al Arabiya, Sirius-XM Satellite Radio POTUS Channel, Arise, Iraqi State TV, RTVI, the Blaze, Croatian TV, Calgary Today, Rudaw, IMEDI, i24NEWS, Monocle 24, HuffPost Live, NewsMax, America’s Radio News Network, Shenzhen Media Group, Kuwait TV, IHA, Pacifica Radio, Dubai TV, and additional broadcast media. He has delivered numerous presentations at conferences, panels, and other events in many countries.

Areas of Expertise

  • National Security
  • Nonproliferation
  • Terrorism
  • Russia/Former Soviet Union
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Middle East

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Tod Lindberg and Richard Weitz are interviewed by Chicago Council on Global Affairs on the denuclearization of North Korea.

Richard Weitz is quoted in The Wall Street Journal on the possible consequences to the U.S. leaving the INF treaty

Richard Weitz is quoted in the South China Morning Post on how nuclear security in Africa provides a model for U.S.-China cooperation

Richard Weitz quoted by CBN on the U.S. withdrawing from the INF treaty with Russia

Richard Weitz cited on private sector space initiative in The National Interest

Richard Weitz quoted in Business Insider on enforcing North Korean sanctions at sea

Richard Weitz quoted in Business Insider on Chinese activity in the South China Sea

Richard Weitz quoted in Newsmax on funding Voice of America and the hybrid-war threat from Russia

Richard Weitz quoted by Asia Times on Russian-Chinese military cooperation

Richard Weitz quoted by Asia Times on Russian-Chinese military cooperation

Richard Weitz quoted by Time on the possibility of open conflict with North Korea

Richard Weitz quoted by CBC on the threat posed by North Korean missiles to Canada

Richard Weitz quoted in Time Magazine on Chinese military buildup

Richard Weitz quoted by UPI on China’s efforts to establish a DARPA-style organization

Richard Weitz quoted in Anadolu Agency on Russia-Afghanistan relations

Richard Weitz quoted in VOA on the implications of the U.S. missile attack on the Assad regime

Richard Weitz quoted in CNBC on what current South Korea and China relations means for the future of THAAD

Richard Weitz interviewed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on President Trump’s inauguration speech

Richard Weitz quoted in UPI on deteriorating relations with U.S. allies in the Middle East

Richard Weitz quoted in VOA News on Iranians and their proxy fighters remaining in Syria as long as the Assad government remains in power

Richard Weitz quoted in Washington Post on the cost of nuclear defense

Richard Weitz quoted in Christian Science Monitor on the need to maintain the nuclear triad

Richard Weitz quoted in UPI on South Korean ballistic and air defense missile programs

Richard Weitz quoted in Astana Times on Kazakh-US security cooperation

Richard Weitz quoted in Science Magazine on China trying to establish a DARPA-like agency

Richard Weitz quoted in New York Times on the Thaad system and U.S.‘s monitoring of China

Richard Weitz quoted in The Straits Times on China’s President Xi’s visits to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran

Richard Weitz quoted in Financial Express on how mistrust between India and Pakistan could hamper the TAPI pipeline project

Richard Weitz quoted in Al Jazeera on the TAPI pipeline

Richard Weitz quoted in Voice of America on Russia’s aggressive behavior slowing down the pace of the U.S. rebalance to Asia.

Richard Weitz quoted in Voice of America on China’s new agreement with the U.S.

Richard Weitz quoted in VOA Russia on the importance of President Obama and President Putin meeting at the U.N.

Richard Weitz quoted in Svoboda on Vladimir Putin’s support of Bashar al-Assad’s government

Richard Weitz interviewed in VOA China on China’s military capabilities

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