Dmitri Trenin

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Dmitri Trenin
Born Dmitri Vital'evich Trenin
Дмитрий Витальевич Тренин

Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Education BA, USSR Military Institute
PhD, USSR Academy of Sciences
Occupation Think tank director
Political pundit

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]

Trenin is a historian, political pundit, and author. Before joining Carnegie in 1994, he served for 21 years in the Soviet Army and Russian Ground Forces, retiring in 1993 at the rank of colonel.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Trenin was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, 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

Trenin speaks Russian, German, and English.

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.[2] 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: Member, USSR Military Assistance Group (Baghdad, Iraq)
  • 1978-1983: Liaison officer, Department of External Communications, Soviet Forces in Germany (Potsdam, Germany)
  • 1985-1991: Staff member, Soviet delegation to USSR-US talks on nuclear and space arms (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 1986-1993: Senior lecturer, War Studies Department, Soviet Military Institute / Russian Military University (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]

Trenin is one of Carnegie Moscow Center's founding members, and has been with the organization since its inception in 1993.

On December 22, 2008, Trenin became the first Russian director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.[3] Trenin also chairs Carnegie Moscow's research council and the Foreign and Security Policy Program.

A 2013 report by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Society Program, the "Global Go To Think Tank Report," ranked Carnegie Moscow Center the top think tank of 122 research institutions in Russia. Carnegie Moscow was also number 28 of 6,826 think tanks worldwide, and the second top think tank in Central and Eastern Europe.[4]

Trenin is also a Senior Associate 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] and the Russian International Studies Association (Moscow). He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute for International Affairs (Helsinki, Finland) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow School of Political Studies.[6]

He serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed, academic journals, to include The Washington Quarterly, International Politics, Insight Turkey,[7] and Baltic Course.

Trenin is a frequent contributor to many of the world's major news media outlets, to include the BBC, CNN, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, and many others.


Trenin has authored, co-authored, or edited 19 books on the topics of Russia, Eurasia, Russia-United States relations, Russia-European Union relations, Russia-China relations, and politics and international relations in the Commonwealth of Independent States.[1] He has published in Russian, English, and German.

Authored and co-authored[edit]

  • 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)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Dmitri Trenin - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ WikiStrat Consulting. "Dr. Dmitri Trenin | Wikistrat". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "Dmitri Trenin Appointed Director, Carnegie Moscow Center". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Think Tanks and Civil Society Program. "2013 Global Go To Think Tank Report" (PDF). University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 7 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. 
  7. ^ Insight Turkey. "Editorial Board | Insight Turkey". Retrieved 7 May 2014.