Clint Reach

Clint Reach
International Defense Researcher


M.P.P. in European and Eurasian Studies, Johns Hopkins University


Clint Reach is an international defense researcher at RAND. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems and a Master's degree in Political Science. He also holds a Master's degree in Russian and Eurasian studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Reach served for nine years in the U.S. Navy as a Russian linguist in various positions in the Department of Defense. During his time in the Navy, he participated in New Start Treaty inspections, deployed to Baghdad to provide intelligence support to the Army during the Iraqi "Surge," and was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to defuse a situation involving a Russian-speaking detainee. In 2014, Reach received the Navy Language Professional of the Year award. Prior to joining RAND in 2015, Reach worked for a short time at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy – Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.

Reach's publications include The Limits of Russian Manipulation: National Identity and the Origins of the War in Ukraine, Russia's Evolution Toward a Unified Strategic Operation, Russian Military Forecasting and AnalysisRussian Assessments and Applications of the Correlation of Forces and Means, and Russian Views of the International Order, among others.

Selected Publications

Clint Reach, Vikram Kilambi, Mark Cozad, Russian Assessments and Applications of the Correlation of Forces and Means, , 2020

Andrew Radin, Clint Reach, Russian Views of the International Order, , 2017


Russian; Spanish


  • Ukraine

    One Year After Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: Experts React

    We asked nearly 30 RAND experts to highlight takeaways from the first year of Russia's all-out war—and share what they're watching as the conflict in Ukraine grinds on. Here's what they said.

    Feb 20, 2023

  • Russia

    The Rise of the Rest: How Russia Views the Future World Order

    What Russia seeks is new political leadership across the Western world that does not support a status quo that can isolate Russia from the capital and technology it needs to generate security and prosperity over the long term.

    Sep 19, 2022

    The National Interest

  • Ukraine

    Obstacles to Lasting Peace Between Ukraine and Russia

    The current situation in Ukraine suggests that neither side will be able to achieve a decisive military victory that settles the disputes that led to the war. Ukraine and Russia theoretically could reach an agreement to stop the fighting, but the politics between the two sides and centuries of confrontational history do not suggest a lasting peace.

    Jul 7, 2022

    Santa Monica Daily Press

  • Military Strategy

    Book Review: 'Escalation and Deescalation of Crises, Armed Conflicts, and Wars'

    The evolving crisis in Ukraine has generated much discussion about whether Moscow would escalate the conflict, whether in frustration at the slow progress of its military operations, or in response to actions of other states, even possibly resorting to nuclear weapons. But what do Russian sources suggest about escalation?

    Apr 11, 2022

    NATO Defense College