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Dr. Richard Weitz

Area(s) of Expertise: U.S. foreign policy, Eurasia, defense reform, and homeland security

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Dr. Richard Weitz is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia, as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Dr. Weitz is also an expert at Wikistrat and a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Before joining Hudson in 2005, Weitz worked for the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Defense Science Board, DFI International, Inc., Center for Strategic Studies, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Weitz has authored or edited several books and monographs, including Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st-Century Strategy (2013); Global Security Watch-China (2013); two volumes of National Security Case Studies (2012 and 2008); War and Governance: International Security in a Changing World Order (2011); The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow (2010); Global Security Watch-Russia (2009); China-Russia Security Relations (2008); Mismanaging Mayhem: How Washington Responds to Crisis (2008); The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis (2007); and Revitalising U.S.–Russian Security Cooperation: Practical Measures (2005). Dr. Weitz holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in government from Harvard College, an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics, an M.Phil. in politics from the Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Richard Weitz

  • Turkey's New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States

    September 10, 2014

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    Why is a partnership between Turkey and the United States important? What must be done to create and keep a partnership that is advantageous to both countries?

  • Project on National Security Reform - Vol. 2: Case Studies Working Group Report

    March 29, 2012

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    The case studies in this volume confirm that flawed responses recur in issue areas as diverse as biodefense, public diplomacy, and military intervention as well as across presidential administrations. The piecemeal national security organizational reforms enacted to date have not fostered improved policy outcomes or decisionmaking, while capability building, especially in the civilian national security agencies, remains less than optimal.

  • The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow: Essays in Memory of Mary Fitzgerald

    July 14, 2010

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Dr. Richard Weitz.
    The essays in this volume represent both a memorial and an analytical call to action. Mary Fitzgerald of the Hudson Institute was one of the most brilliant and vivacious practitioners of the study of the Russian and Chinese militaries, whose insights helped not just to put those fields of study on the map, but also to influence U.S. military thinking.

  • China-Russia Security Relations: Strategic Parallelism without Partnership or Passion?

    August 06, 2008

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    This report maintains that, although Chinese-Russian relations have improved along several important dimensions, security cooperation between Beijing and Moscow has remained limited, episodic, and tenuous. Nevertheless, U.S. national security planners should prepare for possible major discontinuities in Sino-Russian relations. American officials should pursue a mixture of “shaping and hedging” policies that aim to avert a hostile Chinese-Russian alignment while preparing the United States to better counter one, should it nevertheless arise.

  • The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis

    September 17, 2007

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    The military reserve policies of the world’s major powers are undergoing sweeping transformations. Since the United States will continue to engage with these countries—in cooperation, conflict, or both—the U.S. defense community needs to keep abreast of new developments in their reserve policies and, in certain cases, adjust its own policies in response.

  • Russian-American Security Cooperation after St. Petersburg

    May 07, 2007

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    Considerable progress has been achieved during President Putin’s tenure in the areas of Russian-American security cooperation. The author assesses opportunities for further security cooperation between Russia and the United States, offering detailed policy suggestions in certain areas.