Anya Schmemann

Washington Director
Director

Bio

Anya Schmemann is Washington Director of Global Communications and Media Relations and Director of the Independent Task Force Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. She returns to CFR after serving as Assistant Dean of Communications and Outreach at American University’s School of International Service.

Previously at CFR, Ms. Schmemann oversaw the production of eleven CFR Task Force reports, on topics including nuclear weapons, climate change, immigration, trade policy, and internet governance—and on U.S. relations with Turkey, Brazil, North and South Korea, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Ms. Schmemann formerly managed communications at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA. She coordinated a research project on Russian security issues at the EastWest Institute in New York and was assistant director of CFR’s Center for Preventive Action in New York, focusing on the Balkans and Central Asia.

Anya Schmemann received a BA in Government and an MA in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, both from Harvard University. She has written on U.S. policy toward Russia in U.S. News & World Report, the Atlantic, the National Interest, Huffington Post, CNN GPS, and elsewhere. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Op-Ed
Campaign 2012

Campaign 2012

Russia: Friend or Foe?

Author: Anya Schmemann
National Interest

Anya Schmemann says, "Russia is undeniably large and important, and it often acts as a significant spoiler on the global stage. But certainly it no longer ranks among the top foreign-policy priorities or problems for the United States."

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Article

Putting the Squeeze on Belarus

Author: Anya Schmemann
Council on Foreign Relations

Anya Schmemann says the decisive EU response to Lukashenko's release of a prominent political opponent shows that economic pressure and diplomatic isolation can work when skillfully applied. Europe should now stay resolute and wait for the release of all the political prisoners before lifting sanctions.

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CFR Events

Conference Call ⁄ New York

Media Call: Tensions Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

Speakers Philip H. Gordon

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

, Ray Takeyh

Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Anya Schmemann

Washington Director, Global Communications and Media Relations, Council on Foreign Relations

January 6, 2016 9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

January 6, 2016

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Conference Call ⁄ New York

Questions About the Russian Jet Crash Over Egypt

Speakers Steven A. Cook

Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

, Graeme Wood

Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Anya Schmemann

Washington Director, Global Communications and Media Relations, Council on Foreign Relations

November 9, 2015 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

November 9, 2015

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How to Get a Global Education

Speakers Edith Bartley

Vice President, Government Affairs, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

, Anya Schmemann

Assistant Dean, School of International Service, American University


Presider Charles Landow

Director, Education Content, Council on Foreign Relations

April 11, 2015 3:45–5:00 p.m.

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Daniel Markey and Cameron Munter

Speaker Daniel S. Markey

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Anya Schmemann

Director, Editorial Strategy, Studies Program, Council on Foreign Relations

May 15, 2013

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Linda Robinson and Frank Kearney on The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces

Speaker Linda Robinson

Former adjunct senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Anya Schmemann

Director for Editorial Strategy, Studies Program, and Director, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations

April 23, 2013

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Ryan Crocker and Daniel Markey on Pakistani Elections

Speakers Daniel S. Markey

Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

, Ryan Crocker

Former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan


Presider Anya Schmemann

Director, Editorial Strategy, Studies Program Director, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations

April 1, 2013

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Kenya's Elections

Speakers Jendayi E. Frazer

Adjunct Senior Fellow for Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

, Joel D. Barkan

Senior Associate, Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies


Presider Anya Schmemann

Director, Editorial Strategy, Studies Program and Director, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations

March 5, 2013

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President Obama's Energy Agenda

Speaker Michael A. Levi

David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations


Presider Anya Schmemann

Director, Editorial Strategy, Studies Program and Director, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations

February 14, 2013

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Why the Russian Protests Matter

Speaker Stephen SestanovichGeorge F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Moderator Anya SchmemannDirector, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations
December 14, 2011 10:30–11:30 a.m. - Conference Call

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Meeting ⁄ New York

U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Panelists James DobbinsDirector, International Security and Defense Policy Center, National Security Research Division, RAND Corporation; Member, Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Robert GrenierChairman, ERG Partners; Member, Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Daniel S. MarkeySenior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan
Presider Leslie H. GelbPresident Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
Introductory Speaker Anya SchmemannDirector, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations
December 16, 2010 12:30–1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. - Meeting

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