Cliff Kupchan is the head of the Russia and CIS team at Eurasia Group, and an Iran analyst. He covers Russia's domestic and foreign policy, as well as its energy sector. He also focuses on Iranian nuclear and foreign policy, as well as on Iranian domestic politics. He has published numerous articles on Russia, Iran, and US foreign policy. Cliff holds an AB from Brown University and an MA from Stanford University. He speaks Russian.
Before joining Eurasia Group, Cliff served as a vice president and senior fellow at The Nixon Center. From 2000 to 2002, he lived in Moscow, and worked as the vice president of the Eurasia Foundation. During the Clinton administration, Cliff served at the US Department of State as the deputy coordinator of US assistance to Eurasia. Before that, he worked for many years for the House International Relations Committee, where he served as the senior foreign policy adviser for Eurasia, North Africa, and foreign assistance.