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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

Ask not what your country can do for foreign policy.

Matthew Rojansky cited in War on the Rocks, 7/7

The third neighbor: Can America live with Putin’s Russia?

Matthew Rojansky wrote in The National Interest, 7/3

Russian bounties for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Matthew Rojansky interviewed on NPR, 7/1

Once again, U.S.-Russia tensions soar despite Trump.

Matthew Rojansky quoted on France 24, 6/30

American success abroad is anchored to problem-solving at home.

Matthew Rojansky wrote in War on the Rocks, 6/25

Russia, West need mutually respectful dialogue on questions of history

Matthew Rojansky quoted on TASS Russian News Agency, 6/20

Kremlin experts: Putin likely to stay in power for life.

Matthew Rojansky quoted on Newsmax, 1/22