Dmitri Trenin

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Dmitri Trenin
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Dmitri Trenin
Dmitri Vital'evich Trenin
Дмитрий Витальевич Тренин

EducationBA, USSR Military Institute
PhD, USSR Academy of Sciences
OccupationThink tank director
Political analyst

Dr. Dmitri Vitalyevich Trenin, PhD (Russian: Дмитрий Витальевич Тренин, born 1955) is the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, a think tank and regional affiliate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.[1] A former colonel of Russian military intelligence[2], Trenin served for 21 years in the Soviet Army and Russian Ground Forces, before joining Carnegie in 1994 [1]

Early life and education[edit]

Trenin was born in Moscow in 1955. He is married and has two children.

In 1977, Trenin graduated from the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR (Военный институт Министерства обороны СССР, or ВКИМО СССР), which today exists as the Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (Военный университет Министерства обороны Российской Федерации, or ВУ МО).

In 1984, Trenin received a PhD in History from the Institute of U.S. and Canadian Studies (Институт США и Канады РАН) of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (Академия наук СССР), now the Russian Academy of Sciences

Military and early career[edit]

Trenin served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993. His service included postings both inside and outside of the Soviet Union, to include a stint as the first non-NATO senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome.[3] He retired from the Russian Army in 1993 at the rank of colonel.

  • 1972-1977: Officer cadet, Military Institute of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR (Moscow, Russia)
  • 1975-1976: Interpreter, USSR Military Assistance Group (Baghdad, Iraq)
  • 1978-1983: Liaison officer, Soviet External Relations Branch, HQ, Group of Soviet forces (Potsdam, Germany)
  • 1985-1991: Staff member, Soviet delegation to the USSR-US talks on nuclear and space arms (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 1986-1993: Senior lecturer, War Studies Department, Soviet Military Institute (Moscow, Russia)
  • 1993: Senior research fellow, NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy)

Upon retirement from the military, Trenin was a visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium, from 1993-1994. From 1993-1997, Trenin was also a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia.

Carnegie Moscow Center[edit]

On December 22, 2008, Trenin became the first Russian director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.[4] Trenin also chairs Carnegie Moscow's research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program. Trenin is also a Senior Fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.

Political analyst and commentator[edit]

Trenin is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London, United Kingdom), the Russian International Affairs Council (Moscow),[5] the Russian International Studies Association (Moscow) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Science. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow School of Political Studies.[6]

Authored and co-authored[edit]

  • What Is Russia Up to in the Middle East? Cambridge (UK), 2018.
  • Should We Fear Russia. Cambridge (UK), 2017.
  • Should We Fear Russia? (Polity: 2016)
  • Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story (Washington, DC: 2011)
  • 20 Years Without the Berlin Wall: A Breakthrough to Freedom (Moscow: 2011)
  • Solo Voyage (Moscow: 2009, in Russian)
  • Getting Russia Right (Washington, DC: 2007)
  • Central Asia: The Views from Washington, Moscow and Beijing (New York: 2007, co-authored)
  • Integration and Identity: Russia as a New West (Moscow: 2006)
  • Gestrandete Weltmacht (Hamburg, Germany: 2005, in German)
  • Russia's Restless Frontier: The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia (Washington, DC: 2003, co-authored)
  • The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization (Washington, DC: 2002, 2001)
  • A Strategy for Stable Peace: Toward a Euro-Atlantic Security Community (Washington, DC: 2002, co-authored)
  • Russia's China Problem (Washington, DC: 1998)
  • Baltic Chance: The Baltic States, Russia and the West in the Emerging Greater Europe (Washington, DC: 1997)


  • The Challenges of Transition (2011)
  • The Russian Military: Power and Policy (2004)
  • Ambivalent Neighbors: The NATO and EU Enlargement and the Price of Membership (2003)
  • Russia and the Main Security Institutions in Europe: Entering the 21st Century (2000)
  • Kosovo: International Aspects of the Crisis (1999)
  • Commonwealth and Security in Eurasia (1998)
  • Russia in the World Arms Trade: The Strategic, Political, and Economic Dimensions (1997)


  1. ^ a b Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Dmitri Trenin - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace". Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  2. ^ Who is Dimitri Simes And Why Is He Trying To Sink Mayflower? Investigation by Yuri Felshtinsky [uk]
  3. ^ WikiStrat Consulting. "Dr. Dmitri Trenin | Wikistrat". Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  4. ^ Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Dmitri Trenin Appointed Director, Carnegie Moscow Center". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  5. ^ Russian International Affairs Council. "RIAC :: Members". Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  6. ^ Московская школа гражданского просвещения. "Московская школа гражданского просвещения :: Эксперты". Retrieved 7 May 2014.

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