Richard Sokolsky

Nonresident Senior Fellow
Russia and Eurasia Program

Richard Sokolsky is a nonresident senior fellow in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program. His work focuses on U.S. policy toward Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

Richard Sokolsky is a nonresident senior fellow in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program. His work focuses on U.S. policy toward Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Sokolsky was a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Office from 2005 to 2015. In this role, he prepared analyses and policy recommendations for the secretary of state on a broad range of foreign policy issues including U.S. policy on the Middle East and South Asia, nuclear weapons and nonproliferation, conflict prevention and post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction, and foreign assistance.

Sokolsky is a 36-year veteran of the State Department and became a member of the career Senior Executive Service in 1991. He served at State in several positions including director of the offices of Strategic Policy and Negotiations, Policy Analysis, and Defense Relations and Security Assistance in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. He has been a visiting senior fellow at the RAND Corporation and at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.

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  • Careful of What You Wish For
    • July 25, 2017

    Careful of What You Wish For

    Saudi Arabia’s newfound regional assertiveness is raising the stakes for Washington.

  • Keep Calm
    • January 03, 2017

    Keep Calm

    Tales of Russian ascendancy in the Middle East are overblown.

  • Anchors Aweigh?
    • September 27, 2016

    Anchors Aweigh?

    It could be time for America to close its naval base in Bahrain.

Education

B.A. Vanderbilt University
M.A. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Languages
  • English
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