Jeffrey Mankoff
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Jeffrey Mankoff is a senior fellow and acting director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He is the author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and a frequent commentator on international security, Russian foreign policy, regional security in the Caucasus and Central Asia, ethnic conflict and energy security. Before coming to CSIS, he served as an adviser on U.S.-Russia relations at the U.S. Department of State as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow.

From 2008 to 2010, he was associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University and an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to his policy research, Dr. Mankoff teaches courses on international security and Central Asia at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has held academic fellowships at Harvard, Yale and Moscow State Universities. He holds dual B.A.s in international studies and Russian from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Yale.

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(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:49 PM


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Putin Is Setting the Agenda and Forcing the West to React

(83) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 9:13 AM

Russia's decision to intervene, and to escalate, in Syria is the product of a wide range of considerations. Some are domestic, but by far the largest set of factors has to do with securing Russian strategic interests in the Middle East and offering an alternative vision of global order growing...

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Obama's Caucasus Diplomacy Flies Under Radar

(8) Comments | Posted October 18, 2009 | 9:46 PM

Much of the derision that has accompanied the decision to award this year's Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama centers on the undeniable fact that, having been in office less than a year, Obama has not accomplished that much. The great irony is that the furor over the prize has...

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The Road to Tehran Does Not Run Through Moscow

(13) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 10:40 AM

With Iran approaching what International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohammed ElBaradei calls "breakout capacity" in its alleged efforts to develop nuclear weapons, one of Washington's top priorities has been to gain Russian support for a new round of UN sanctions. Despite its own concerns about Iran's nuclear program,...

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Finding the Reset Button in London

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 2:17 PM

Amidst the host of challenges confronting President Obama at this week's G-20 summit in London, his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offers one bright spot. The cautious rapprochement between Russia and the US since Obama's inauguration has created an opening for the US to enlist Russian help...

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