Carnegie Moscow Center

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Carnegie Moscow Center
Established 1994
Type Think Tank
Headquarters 16/2 Tverskaya St., Moscow
Dmitri Trenin

The Carnegie Moscow Center is a think tank and research center that focuses on international and domestic affairs in Russia and Eurasia. It is a regional affiliate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC and a non-profit organization.

In 2013, the University of Pennsylvania’s "Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report" ranked Carnegie Moscow Center as the most influential think tank in Russia. The Center is the second most influential think tank in Central and Eastern Europe, and the 18th most influential think tank in the world.[1]


The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace launched the Carnegie Moscow Center concept in 1993. The premise of the idea was that, "in today's world, a think tank whose mission is to contribute to global security, stability, and prosperity requires a permanent presence and a multinational outlook at the core of its operations."[2] Carnegie Moscow physically began its Moscow operations in 1994, and became the first major think tank to begin work in Russia following the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Today, Carnegie Moscow Center is part of a global network of Carnegie regional think tanks, including Carnegie Europe in Brussels, the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, and the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.

The director of the Carnegie Moscow Center since 2008 has been Dmitri Trenin, the Center's first Russian director.


Specialists at the Carnegie Moscow Center produce expert research and nonpartisan analysis that is independent of government or commercial interests.

While committed to the principles of international scholarship and objectivity, the Center pursues a three-fold mission:

  • To embody and promote the concepts of disinterested social science research and the dissemination of its results in post-Soviet Russia and Eurasia;
  • To provide a free and open forum for the discussion and debate of critical national, regional, and global issues;
  • To further cooperation and strengthen relations between Russia and the United States by explaining the interests, objectives, and policies of each.


Carnegie Moscow Center organizes roundtables, presentations, seminars and conferences on key issues in domestic and foreign policy, international relations, international security, and the economy. These events draw participants from across the Russian political spectrum and from Moscow’s policy, diplomatic, academic, and media communities.

Carnegie Moscow Center regularly publishes articles, monographs, reference works, periodicals and brochures—up to 30 titles per year in all.[3] Center publications appear in both Russian and English, and are distributed in Russia and abroad.

In 2013, Carnegie Moscow Center established the Eurasia Outlook blog on its website, which provides daily, timely analysis of current events in Russia and Eurasia. Scholars from Carnegie Moscow Center and from the Carnegie Endowment regularly contribute to the blog, as do policy makers, academics, and other contributors with insights into the region and its issues.

The work of Carnegie Moscow Center's staff of Russian and international experts is enhanced by support from the Carnegie Endowment’s "Russia and Eurasia Program" in Washington, DC.


Carnegie Moscow Center's five resident scholars are well recognized in their fields and frequently cited by the world's leading media outlets. They include:

  • Dmitri Trenin: foreign and security policy
  • Alexei Arbatov: nuclear nonproliferation
  • Alexey Malashenko: religion, society, and security
  • Petr Topychkanov: nuclear nonproliferation


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