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Matthew Rojansky

Adjunct Lecturer of European and Eurasian Studies


Matthew Rojansky is an adjunct lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  He is an expert on U.S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.  He has advised governments, intergovernmental organizations, and major private actors on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region.

From 2010-2013, he was Deputy Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  There, he founded Carnegie's Ukraine Program, led a multi-year project to support U.S.-Russia health cooperation, and created a track-two task force to promote resolution of the Moldova-Transnistra conflict.  From 2007-2010, Rojansky served as executive director of the Partnership for a Secure America, where he orchestrated high-level bipartisan initiatives aimed at repairing the U.S.-Russia relationship, strengthening the U.S. commitment to nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, and leveraging global science engagement for diplomacy.

Rojansky presently serves as U.S. Executive Secretary for the Dartmouth Conference, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. He has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Russia and Europe.

Rojansky is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Policy. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Spring 2017 



  • Belarus
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

In the News

Ransomware attacks won’t stop unless Biden keeps the pressure on Putin.

Matthew Rojansky wrote in Washington Post, 07/06

What it means to get tough on Putin.

Matthew Rojansky wrote in Politico, 06/11

How U.S.-Russian citizens’ diplomacy caught fire.

Matthew Rojansky quoted in Christian Science Monitor, 06/11

The Biden-Putin summit. Nothing to reset but expectations.

Matthew Rojansky wrote in War on the Rocks, 06/10

Why everyone hates think tanks.

Matthew Rojansky wrote in Foreign Policy, 05/28

EU sanctions Belarus for arresting journalist in Ryanair ‘hijacking’.

Matthew Rojansky interviewed on PBS NewsHour, 05/24

Open letter in support of free inquiry and discussion.

Olga Oliker, Bruce Parrott, Thomas Rid, and Matthew Rojansky cited in War on the Rocks, 05/12