Samuel Charap

Samuel Charap
Distinguished Chair in Russia and Eurasia Policy; Senior Political Scientist


Ph.D. in political science, University of Oxford; M.Phil. in Russian and East European studies, University of Oxford; B.A. in political science and Russian, Amherst College

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Samuel Charap is Distinguished Chair in Russia and Eurasia Policy and a senior political scientist at RAND. His research interests include the foreign policies of Russia and the former Soviet states; European and Eurasian regional security; and U.S.-Russia deterrence, strategic stability, and arms control.

From November 2012 until April 2017, Charap was the senior fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Prior to joining the IISS, he served at the U.S. Department of State as senior advisor to the undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security and on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, covering Russia and Eurasia. From 2009 to 2011, Charap was director for Russia and Eurasia at the Center for American Progress.

Charap's book, Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia (coauthored with Timothy Colton), was published in 2017. His articles have appeared in The Washington Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, Survival, Current History, and several other journals.

Charap was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center and the International Center for Policy Studies (Kyiv), and a Fulbright scholar at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is fluent in Russian and proficient in Ukrainian. Charap holds a Ph.D. in political science and an M.Phil. in Russian and East European studies from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall scholar. He received his B.A. in Russian and political science from Amherst College. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Selected Publications

Charap, Samuel, Miranda Priebe, Avoiding a Long War: U.S. Policy and the Trajectory of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, RAND Corporation (PE-A2510-1), 2023

Charap, Samuel, Andrew Stravers, John J. Drennan, Dara Massicot, Sean M. Zeigler, Gregory Weider Fauerbach, Mark Stalczynski, and Melissa Shostak, Understanding Russian Coercive Signaling, RAND Corporation (RR-A198-9), 2022

Charap, Samuel, Edward Geist, Bryan Frederick, John J. Drennan, Nathan Chandler, and Jennifer Kavanagh, Russia's Military Interventions: Patterns, Drivers, and Signposts, RAND Corporation (RR-A444-3), 2021

Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton, Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, Routledge, 2017



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: ABC News Australia Online; Al-Monitor; Associated Press TV; BBC News; BBC World News; Bloomberg News; CBS News; CNBC; CNN; CNN International; Council on Foreign Relations; DIE ZEIT; FiveThirtyEight; Meduza, Latvia; None of the Above, Eurasia Group Foundation; NPR News; Nyheder - TV2, Denmark; PBS NewsHour; PRI, The World; Robert Wright's Nonzero podcast; Stern Online; WAMU, 1A; War & Peace, International Crisis Group; Wisdom of Crowds podcast;; Yomiuri Shimbun

Commentary: The Economist; Financial Times; Foreign Affairs; New York Times; The Washington Post; Stimson