Dimitri K. Simes
K. Simes is President
and CEO of the Center for the National Interest and Publisher of its foreign policy bi-monthly magazine, The National Interest. Mr. Simes was selected to lead the Center by former President Richard Nixon, to whom he served as an informal foreign policy advisor and with whom he traveled regularly to Russia and other former Soviet states, as well as Western and Central Europe.
Before the Center was established, Mr. Simes served as Chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was also a Senior Associate. Earlier, he was the Director of the Soviet and East European Research Program and a Research Professor of Soviet Studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the
University. Prior to his work at
SAIS, Mr. Simes was a Senior Research Fellow and subsequently the Director of Soviet Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition to teaching at
SAIS, Mr. Simes taught at the
University of California at
Mr. Simes was born in
Moscow and graduated from
University with an M.A. in history. From 1967 to 1972, he was a research assistant and later a research associate at the
Institute of World Economy and International Affairs (an influential foreign policy think tank in the Soviet Union at that time) where he also studied at a post-graduate level prior to emigrating to the U.S. in 1973.
Mr. Simes' most recent book is After the Collapse: Russia Seeks its Place as a Great Power (Simon & Schuster, 1999). He has also authored and co-authored two additional books, Détente and Conflict: Soviet Foreign Policy 1972-1977 and Soviet Succession: Leadership in Transition. Mr. Simes frequently writes for newspapers and journals as well. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and several other prominent publications. He was a columnist for The Christian Science Monitor, Newsday and The Los Angeles Times Syndicate. He has served as a consultant to the National Intelligence Council as well as to CBS and NBC.
Areas of Expertise
Russia and the Soviet Union