Chairman and Practice Head, Eurasia
Area of Expertise: Global macro, Russia, Iran
Cliff Kupchan is Eurasia Group's Chairman, Practice Head for Eurasia, and Director for both global macro and Iran coverage. He provides top-level analysis and thought leadership on global issues. Cliff, who has been studying global developments for more than two decades-as an academic, as part of the US government, and in the private sector-speaks frequently to a wide variety of audiences and regularly briefs clients on macro developments. He is co-author of Eurasia Group's annual top risks publication.
In addition, Cliff covers Russia's domestic and foreign policy, as well as its energy sector; his analysis is informed by a network of elite Russian contacts. He likewise focuses on Iranian nuclear and foreign policy, Iranian domestic politics, and sanctions targeting Iran. His views are regularly cited as definitive by major media outlets. As a longtime analyst of two major energy-producing countries, Cliff's expertise affords him deep insight into the relationship between geopolitics and energy markets.
Before joining Eurasia Group in 2005, Cliff held a senior position at the State Department, where he served as deputy coordinator of US assistance to Eurasia during the Clinton administration. Cliff played a central role in US efforts to promote positive change in Eurasia; in particular, he led efforts to improve public policy training in Russia and tighten border security in Central Asia. Before that, Cliff worked for many years for the House International Relations Committee, where he served as the senior foreign policy adviser for global foreign assistance, Eurasia, and North Africa. He also served as staff director of the Subcommittee on Africa.
More recently, Cliff served as a vice president and senior fellow at The Center for the National Interest. In addition to managing the center's operations, Cliff focused on macro US foreign policy, Eurasia, and the Middle East. From 2000 to 2002, he lived in Moscow and worked as vice president of the Eurasia Foundation, leading programmatic and fundraising efforts for one of the country's leading foundations. Under Cliff's leadership, the foundation was very active in promoting market reform and civil society.
Cliff holds a master's degree from Stanford University and is fluent in Russian.