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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

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