Clifford Kupchan

United States

Chairman and Practice Head, Eurasia Group

His work focuses on Russia and Eurasia, the Middle East, and global macro issues. Clifford Kupchan has published numerous articles and essays on Russia, Iran, and U.S. foreign policy. He frequently lectures on U.S. relations with Russia and Iran, and on global trends. He is a frequent commentator on television news programs and in many major U.S. and European newspapers.  


Before joining Eurasia Group, he served as Vice President and Senior Fellow at The Center for the National Interest. He lived in Moscow where he was Vice President of the Eurasia Foundation (2000–2002). During the Clinton Administration, Clifford Kupchan served as a senior official at the US Department of State. Before that, he worked for many years for the House International Relations Committee.  He served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for Eurasia, North Africa and foreign assistance.

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EU’s Neighborhood Policy: Revamping Fundamentals
29.11.2017
The European Union (EU) will always be flanked by two sets of partners: those to its East and those to its South. Consequently, its Eastern Partnership will never become irrelevant, and it

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US-UK Free Trade Deal: the Beginning of Something New?
31.07.2017
Any free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the United States, if it ever were to happen, is still many years off, writes Valdai Club expert Clifford Kupchan. The European Union’s rules

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G20 Summit’s Main Takeaway: Under Trump, US Will Continue to Go It Alone
11.07.2017
Being out of sync with the rest of the world has great impact on the United States’ influence, writes Valdai Club expert Clifford Kupchan. However, just because the US was an outcast at the G20

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SCO Summit: Complex Geopolitics of the Broad Space
13.06.2017
India wants to expand its trade ties in Central Asia and with Russia, and entering the organization alongside Pakistan may well be intended to check both Pakistan and a growing Chinese presence. For

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The US and Central Asia: Past Trends and Current Priorities
19.05.2017
Donald Trump has prioritized combating terrorism as a pillar for his own base of support and as a focal point of his foreign and national security policies. Central Asian states may see their own

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Trump’s Travel Ban May Increase US Domestic Terror Risk
03.02.2017
US President Donald Trump’s decision to ban travel to the US for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen may ultimately increase the US terror risk, rather than lowering it. The
The Cat Has Only Shown Its Fangs: How China Will React to Trump’s Challenge
14.12.2016
China does not recognize Trump’s exceptionalism or power to decide the status of China and Taiwan. Until the US position on Taiwan is clarified for Beijing, the Chinese leadership will not be prepared
US-Russia Relations Under Donald Trump
14.11.2016
Donald Trump’s unexpected victory does little to change the structural challenges facing US-Russian relations. Trump and President Vladimir Putin seem likely to have a solid personal relationship, and

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Agreeing on Fundamentals in Syria
21.10.2016
The Syrian crisis has become the next global “great game,” in which many of the world’s major powers are pursuing very different outcomes. The presence of outside powers complicates resolving the

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In Central Asia, Iran Rises as US Loses Focus on Region
03.06.2016
While Central Asia is the backyard of China and Russia, the United States will be forced to pay less attention to the region as it deals with larger issues. At the same time Iran is expected to become

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US Deployments in Central and Eastern Europe
14.04.2016
In the US view, the military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe are protecting national interests, defending the credibility of US policy, and assuaging eastern members’ fears.

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Xi-Obama Meeting: a Welcome Joint Victory
05.10.2015
September 2015 will be remembered as a success in contrast to other recent US-China interactions. President Xi’s firm grasp on domestic decision-making now clearly means the Chinese leader can enact

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Clifford Kupchan on Eurasia's Biggest Issues and Opportunities
31.10.2017
Clifford Kupchan, Chairman and Practice Head of Eurasia Group, talks about the main factors behind issues in Eurasia, such as conflicts, oil dependence, leadership change and succession and the

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