Samuel Charap

Samuel Charap

Formal First Name

Samuel Charap is a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Samuel’s research interests include the political economy and foreign policies of Russian and the former Soviet states; European and Eurasian regional security; and US-Russia deterrence, strategic stability and arms control. Prior to joining RAND, he was a Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British research institute in the area of international affairs. Before IISS, he served at the US Department of States as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security and on the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff, covering Russia and Eurasia. Throughout his career, Samuel has consulted on political risks in Russia and Eurasia for Medley Global Advisors, the Eurasia Group, and Oxford Analytica.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • From 2009 to 2011, he was Director for the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for American Progress.

  • At American Progress, he focused on the domestic politics and foreign policy of the former Soviet states and U.S. policy in the region.

  • He has also served in the NATO Liaison Office in Kyiv, Ukraine and briefed U.S. government officials on Russia policy.



  • His articles have appeared in The Washington Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, Survival, and International Herald Tribune.

  • His works have also appeared in The Guardian, Current History and several other newspapers and journals.

  • He has been interviewed in ABC News Australia Online; Al-Monitor; BBC News; BBC World News; CNBC; CNN; and CNN International.

  • He has appeared in DIE ZEIT; FiveThirtyEight; NPR News; and Wisdom of Crowds podcast.

  • His commentary has appeared in numerous news outlets, including the BBC, Reuters TV, and NPR.

  • He has also appeared as a guest on Real Vision.



  • Marshall Scholarship, Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

  • Fulbright Scholarship, U.S. Department of State



  • Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia (co-authored with Timothy J. Colton, 2017).