Carla Anne Robbins

Adjunct Senior Fellow


U.S. national security policy; politics and foreign policy; Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs; nonproliferation and arms control; the nuclear complex and budget; Cuba


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Why It's a Mistake to Ignore Russia

Author: Carla Anne Robbins

Carla Robbins argues that ignoring the Kremlin and putting current U.S.-Russia relations on pause is not an option worth pursuing. She stresses the importance of publicly warning Russia of the damage done to its global reputation through current policies, and the need to engage with Russia in areas of common interest, such as Iran.

See more in Russian Federation; Politics and Strategy; United States

Ask CFR Experts

Will "sequestration" lead to a more isolationist U.S. foreign policy?

Asked by Andreas Maldener, from Trier University

After more than a decade of war and several years of a deep financial crisis, many Americans are asking whether the country should focus more of its attention—and more of its resources—at home. That said, the impulse to lead is still strong in both political parties and most polls show that Americans still feel both a moral and strategic imperative to remain fully engaged in the world.

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See more in United States; Budget, Debt, and Deficits; Financial Crises

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CFR Events

Conference Panel Session

Symposium on Russian-American Relations, Session Three: The Future of Russian-American Relations


Stephen E. Biegun, Vice President, International Governmental Affairs, Ford Motor Company, Richard R. Burt, Managing Director, McLarty Associates, Igor Yurgens, Chairman, Management Board, Institute of Contemporary Development


Carla Anne Robbins, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, New York Times
January 22, 2009

This meeting is not for attribution.


General Meeting ⁄ New York

U.S.-Iran Relations: Past, Present, and Future


Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian American Council; Author, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel, and the United States, Barbara Slavin, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace; Senior Diplomatic Reporter, USA Today; Author, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation


Carla Anne Robbins, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, New York Times
January 7, 2008 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.


General Meeting ⁄ New York

A Conversation with Hoshyar Zebari


Hoshyar Zebari, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Iraq


Carla Anne Robbins, Deputy Editorial Page Editor, The New York Times
June 14, 2007 5:30-7:00 p.m.

This meeting is on the record.



Video Interview

U.S.-Saudi Relations and the Middle East

Carla Robbins speaks on President Obama's visit to Riyadh and the implications for U.S. relations with Iran, U.S. involvement in Syria, and prospects for peace in the Middle East.



Sanctions and Foreign Policy

Along with Mark Dubowitz, Carla spoke about the effectiveness of sanctions as a tool of foreign, diplomatic, and national security policy. The discussion looked at recent sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria, and Cuba, as well as prior use of sanctions in places such as the Balkans, Iraq, South Africa, and other regions of conflict.


Video Interview

United States Fighting Cyber Attacks

The U.S. government remains concerned with hacking coming out of China. John Rutledge, Safand; Dave Aitel, Immunity CEO; and Carla Robbins, CUNY National Security Studies, discuss. (Source: CNBC)


Video Interview

Vera, Robbins on Venezuela's Presidential Election

Kathryn Rooney Vera, strategist for Bulltick Capital Markets, and Carla Anne Robbins, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, talk about the outlook Venezuela's presidential election on April 14 between Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles Radonski. They speak with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)


Video Interview

South Korea Economy at Risk in Attack, Bremmer Says

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, Gordon Chang, author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World," and Carla Robbins, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, talk about the risk of war on the Korean peninsula. They speak with Adam Johnson and Sara Eisen on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)


Video Interview

China's Role in North Korea Crisis

Discussing what role China plays in tensions with North Korea, and how worried the United States should be about hacking, with Carla Robbins, Council on Foreign Relations. (Source: CNBC)



2013 Schatt Lecture at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Carla Anne Robbins, award-winning journalist and foreign policy analyst, joins Phil Boas, editorial page editor of The Arizona Republic, to discuss the challenges of opinion writing in the seventh annual Paul J. Schatt Memorial Lecture.

Sponsored by the Paul J. Schatt Endowment, The Arizona Republic and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. (Source: Cronkite School)

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Carla Anne Robbins is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where she is leading a roundtable series on national security in an age of austerity. She is also clinical professor of national security studies at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs.

An award-winning journalist and foreign policy analyst, Dr. Robbins was deputy editorial page editor at the New York Times and chief diplomatic correspondent at the Wall Street Journal. She has reported from Latin America, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.

Dr. Robbins is a graduate of Wellesley College and received a PhD in political science from U.C., Berkeley. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard.


  • Winner, 2003 Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting, Georgetown University
  • Co-winner, 2000 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting on the Post-Cold War defense budget
  • Co-winner, 1999 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting on the Russian financial crisis
  • Co-winner, 1984 Morton Frank Award, the Overseas Press Club
  • Stanford Media Fellow
  • Nieman Fellow, Harvard University