Jeffrey Mankoff

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Phone: +1.212.434.9888

Former Adjunct Fellow for Russia Studies.

Associate director of International Security Studies, Yale University. Author of Russian Foreign Policy: The Return of Great Power Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, March 2009) and the recently released Council Special Report The Russian Economic Crisis.


Russian foreign policy; U.S.-Russian relations; European diplomatic and military history; nationalism and ethnic conflict.


John M. Olin National Security Fellow, Harvard University (2006-07); Intern at Carnegie Moscow Center (2005), U.S. Embassy Moscow (2000), and U.S. Department of State Office of Western Slavic and Moldovan Affairs (1999).


Russian (fluent); French; German (familiar); Polish; Turkish (basic).

Selected Publications:

“Russia’s Revival,” in Routledge Companion to Security Studies (under contract; London: Routledge, 2008); “Russia and the West: Taking the Longer View,” The Washington Quarterly, Spring 2007; “Russian Foreign Policy in the Putin Era,” Yale University International Security Studies Working Papers, January 2007; “Russia’s Weak State and Weak Society: The Role of Political Parties.” Problems of Post-Communism. Jan/Feb 2003.

Interviews and Discussions:

International Affairs Forum: Russia's relations with post-Soviet states and Western powers (interview; March 11, 2009)



David L. Boren National Security Education Program (NSEP) Fellowship; Smith-Richardson Foundation Dissertation Fellowship; U.S. Department of State Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.

Past Research Projects


Council Special Report No. 53

The Russian Economic Crisis

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

Since 2008, Russia, like many other countries, has experienced a deep economic crisis. The question is how this crisis might affect Russia's domestic politics and foreign policy and, consequently, whether any change is warranted in U.S. policy toward Moscow. Jeffrey Mankoff argues that Russia's need to focus on repairing its economy during this global crisis gives the West an opportunity to deepen its economic engagement with Russia, which could bind Moscow more firmly to the liberal global economic order and encourage reform in both Russia and neighboring states.

See more in Financial Crises; Russian Federation


Conference Call Briefing: April 2009 NATO Summit

Speakers: Charles A. Kupchan and Jeffrey Mankoff
Presider: Robert McMahon

This is a Council on Foreign Relations media call on the upcoming NATO 60th anniversary Summit.  The meetings on April 3rd and 4th come right after the Group of 20 summit in London on the global financial crisis and that could suck some of the oxygen from the summitry in Strasburg and Kehl, but at the same time there are existential questions building for the alliance -- in particular, what is its role going to be in Afghanistan?

See more in NATO; Europe


Russian Foreign Policy

Author: Jeffrey Mankoff

Jeffrey Mankoff convincingly demonstrates that today's Russia is more interested in restoring what its leaders consider to be its rightful place among the world's major powers than in directly challenging the West.

See more in Russian Federation