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Dr. Richard Weitz

Area(s) of Expertise: U.S. foreign policy, Eurasia, defense reform, and homeland security

RICHARD WEITZ is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute, Washington, DC. His current research includes regional security developments relating to Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia as well as U.S. foreign and defense policies. Dr. Weitz has authored or edited several books and monographs, including Promoting U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation (2017); Parsing Chinese-Russian Military Exercises (2015); Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms (2015); and Turkey’s New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States (2014). Dr. Weitz has also published articles in many academic journals, newspapers, and magazines, and has delivered numerous presentations at conferences, panels, and other events. Dr. Weitz holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in government from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics; an M.Phil. in politics from Oxford University; and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Richard Weitz

  • Assessing the Collective Security Treaty Organization: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities

    October 18, 2018

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has become the most important multilateral defense structure in the former Soviet Union and is an essential instrument in Russia’s resurgence. CSTO has expanded its missions, authorities, and capabilities. However, it faces both internal and external challenges, especially debilitating divisions among its members.

  • Promoting U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation: Opportunities and Obstacles

    June 07, 2017

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    The United States and India have developed a dynamic multifaceted relationship with regular military exercises, defense-industrial collaboration, and other joint security projects. Their ties are mutually advantageous, helping both countries realize their core national security objectives. Yet, the relationship needs further development to achieve its full potential.

  • Reforming U.S. Export Controls Reforms: Advancing U.S. Army Interests

    December 23, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) help prevent potential foreign adversaries from using U.S. arms against the United States and its allies. However, the Regulations, as enforced, can weaken U.S. national security in other important ways.

  • Parsing Chinese-Russian Military Exercises

    April 15, 2015

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    During the past decade, China and Russia have deepened their defense cooperation to include a range of bilateral and multilateral military exercises. These have multiple purposes and the potential to evolve into a more significant security development in coming years.

  • Turkey's New Regional Security Role: Implications for the United States

    September 10, 2014

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
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    Why is a partnership between Turkey and the United States important? What must be done to create and keep a partnership that is advantageous to both countries?

  • Project on National Security Reform - Vol. 2: Case Studies Working Group Report

    March 29, 2012

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    The case studies in this volume confirm that flawed responses recur in issue areas as diverse as biodefense, public diplomacy, and military intervention as well as across presidential administrations. The piecemeal national security organizational reforms enacted to date have not fostered improved policy outcomes or decisionmaking, while capability building, especially in the civilian national security agencies, remains less than optimal.

  • The Russian Military Today and Tomorrow: Essays in Memory of Mary Fitzgerald

    July 14, 2010

    Edited by Dr. Stephen J. Blank, Dr. Richard Weitz.
    The essays in this volume represent both a memorial and an analytical call to action. Mary Fitzgerald of the Hudson Institute was one of the most brilliant and vivacious practitioners of the study of the Russian and Chinese militaries, whose insights helped not just to put those fields of study on the map, but also to influence U.S. military thinking.

  • China-Russia Security Relations: Strategic Parallelism without Partnership or Passion?

    August 06, 2008

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    This report maintains that, although Chinese-Russian relations have improved along several important dimensions, security cooperation between Beijing and Moscow has remained limited, episodic, and tenuous. Nevertheless, U.S. national security planners should prepare for possible major discontinuities in Sino-Russian relations. American officials should pursue a mixture of “shaping and hedging” policies that aim to avert a hostile Chinese-Russian alignment while preparing the United States to better counter one, should it nevertheless arise.

  • The Reserve Policies of Nations: A Comparative Analysis

    September 17, 2007

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    The military reserve policies of the world’s major powers are undergoing sweeping transformations. Since the United States will continue to engage with these countries—in cooperation, conflict, or both—the U.S. defense community needs to keep abreast of new developments in their reserve policies and, in certain cases, adjust its own policies in response.

  • Russian-American Security Cooperation after St. Petersburg

    May 07, 2007

    Authored by Dr. Richard Weitz.
    Considerable progress has been achieved during President Putin’s tenure in the areas of Russian-American security cooperation. The author assesses opportunities for further security cooperation between Russia and the United States, offering detailed policy suggestions in certain areas.