Alexei Arbatov

Scholar in Residence
Nonproliferation Program
Moscow Center
Arbatov, a former member of the State Duma, is the author of a number of books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, and Russian military reform.


PhD, History, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
MA, Moscow State Institute of International Relations 

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Alexei Arbatov is a scholar in residence with the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program. Formerly, he was a member of the State Duma, vice chairman of the Russian United Democratic Party (Yabloko), and deputy chairman of the Duma Defense Committee.

Arbatov is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He leads the academy’s Center for International Security at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, where he was once a department head and a research fellow.

He is a member of numerous boards and councils, including the research council of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the governing board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute, and the Russian Council for Foreign and Defense Policy.

Arbatov is author of several books and numerous articles and papers on issues of global security, strategic stability, disarmament, Russian military reform, and various current domestic and foreign political issues.

  • Op-Ed Ezhednevnyi Zhurnal December 20, 2013 Русский
    Are Iskander Missiles Secretly Deployed by Russia Along Western Border?

    No agreement prohibits deploying of Iskander missiles along Russia western border, but it makes the military situation tense. It appears that Russia chose the path of escalation in relations with NATO.

  • Article December 10, 2013 Русский
    Strategic Dialogue: A Change of Priorities

    If a political window of opportunity in U.S.-Russia relations opens in the future, then the key to resolving the current impasse in the negotiations will not be an agreement on BMD systems, but rather an agreement on modern conventional long-range offensive weapons.

  • Op-Ed YABLOKO October 24, 2013 Русский
    New Global Strike Systems Create Serious Problems for Russia

    The current confidence-building and arms limitation measures are less effective for resolving the problems caused by the conventional prompt global strike systems being developed by the United States.

  • Eurasia Outlook September 12, 2013
    Syria: Make Arms-Control, Not War

    The proposal to hand over Syrian chemical weapons to international monitors is a very positive development. It may prevent the American airstrike against Syria and allows Russia and the United States to finally find some common ground.

  • Op-Ed Russia in Global Affairs April 15, 2013 Русский
    Real and Imaginary Threats: Military Power in World Politics in the 21st Century

    It seems that Russia is not ready to face new and diverse threats and challenges in international security. Instead, it gives priority to preparations for war with the United States and NATO.

  • Paper April 1, 2013 Русский
    The Great Strategic Triangle

    The “Great Triangle” of the Asia-Pacific region formed by the United States, Russia, and China is particularly important in both geopolitical and military-strategic terms.

  • Op-Ed European Leadership Network March 25, 2013
    The US-Russia Reset Four Years On: State and Challenges

    In 2013, the state of, and prospects for, U.S.-Russian cooperation in arms control and security look more dubious than at any point since the end of the Cold War. The main obstacle is unfavorable domestic political environments in both countries.

  • Paper November 27, 2012 Русский
    The Russian Awakening

    Russian society is waking up and pushing back against Putin’s brand of authoritarianism, with the potential to bring about a transformation of the system into one based on the rule of law.

  • Gambit or Endgame? The New State of Arms Control
    Paper March 29, 2011
    Gambit or Endgame? The New State of Arms Control

    While nuclear arms control is enjoying a renaissance of late, whether that momentum dissipates or leads to further agreements will require a painstaking effort by U.S. and Russian diplomats and experts to move past Cold War prejudices and the mistakes and misunderstandings of the post-Cold War era.

  • Russian and US Military Find Common Footing for Co
    Op-Ed The Valdai Discussion Club September 17, 2010
    Russian and US Military Find Common Footing for Cooperation

    There are significant arenas for military cooperation between Russia and the United States, including enforcing stability in Afghanistan and fighting against international terrorism.

  • Carnegie Moscow Center April 8, 2013 Русский
    Missile Defense: Confrontation and Cooperation

    Although the U.S.-Russian recent attempts to agree to a joint missile defense system have failed, the imperatives for such collaboration are increasing. Over the coming decade, the two countries should take steps to integrate missile defense systems into the regimes of nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and mutual security.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center October 25, 2012 Русский
    Nuclear Reset: Arms Reduction and Nonproliferation

    The concept of nuclear disarmament as an essential condition for nuclear nonproliferation is again entering the realm of practical politics, but the movement toward nuclear disarmament is extremely difficult and fraught with great dangers.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center July 5, 2011 Русский
    20 Years Without the Berlin Wall: A Breakthrough to Freedom

    Enormous societal and political shifts 20 years ago opened prospects for a new, united Europe. Despite Russia’s role in this peaceful departure from totalitarianism, the country’s course in the subsequent two decades was not so straightforward. While the demolition of the Berlin Wall is no guarantee of success, democratic transformations are a necessary precondition.

  • Washington November 8, 2010
    Outer Space: Weapons, Diplomacy, and Security

    In this global era, the world faces a host of security challenges which cannot be resolved by any one nation, especially through the unilateral use of military force. One key issue that requires urgent international attention is the military use of outer space.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center December 25, 2009 Русский
    Nuclear Proliferation: New Technologies, Weapons, Treaties

    A broad array of military, political, and legal issues exert an increasing influence on the issue of nuclear nonproliferation, and they must be taken into account in any effort to strengthen the nonproliferation regime.

  • Washington July 1, 2006
    Beyond Nuclear Deterrence: Transforming the U.S.–Russian Equation

    While deterrence as a concept has always been paradoxical, it is poorly equipped to handle today’s most significant nuclear challenges: proliferation and terrorism. Nuclear arms control must move beyond the deadlock of deterrence.

  • Russia Today July 6, 2009
    Medvedev-Obama: Tough Talks?

    Alexei Arbatov and George Perkovich discuss their expectations for President Barack Obama's first official visit to Russia.


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