Thomas Graham Joins CFR as Distinguished Fellow

April 17, 2019

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April 11, 2019—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Thomas Graham to its David Rockefeller Studies Program as a distinguished fellow, based in New York City.

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At CFR, Graham will be researching and writing a book on the history of U.S.-Russian relations over the past forty years, and publishing related essays. In addition, he will be directing a roundtable series on U.S.-Russian relations and Russian affairs.

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Graham is a managing director at Kissinger Associates, Inc., where he focuses on Russian and Eurasian affairs. Since 2011, he has also been an instructor in global affairs and political science at Yale University, teaching courses on Russian foreign policy and U.S.-Russian relations.

Previously, Graham served as special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia on the National Security Council staff from 2004 to 2007, and director for Russian affairs on that staff from 2002 to 2004. From 2001 to 2002, he served as the associate director of the policy planning staff of the Department of State. Prior to that, Graham was a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and was a Foreign Service officer from 1998 to 2001. His assignments included two tours of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, where he served as head of the political and internal unit and acting political counselor. Between tours in Moscow, he worked on Russian and Soviet affairs on the policy planning staff of the Department of State and as a policy assistant in the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy.

Graham received a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies from Yale, and a master’s degree in history and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University.

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To request an interview with Graham, please contact the Global Communications and Media Relations team at 212.434.9888 or communications@cfr.org.

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