Clifford Kupchan

United States

Chairman and Practice Head, Eurasia Group

Previous positions: Senior advisor for Eurasia, North Africa and foreign assistance, House International Relations Committee; senior official, Department of State, where he focused on Russia and Eurasia (1993–2001); Vice President, Eurasia Foundation Moscow (2000–2002); Vice President and Senior Fellow, Nixon Center.

Research interests: Russian foreign and domestic policy; Eurasia; US foreign policy; Iran.

Author of analytical articles in many major U.S. and European newspapers and magazines; frequent commentator on television news programs.

Materials

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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Syria Comes Up As the Best and Worst of 2013 in the Valdai Club Poll
30.12.2013
Valdai Club experts were polled on the results of 2013 and the most important events that influenced or changed international affairs. The majority of the experts polled believe that the most positive