Jeffrey Edmonds
Research Scientist


Jeffrey Edmonds is an expert on Russia and Eurasia. His research focuses on the Russian military, foreign policy, Russian threat perceptions, and Russian information and cyber operations.

Most recently, Edmonds served as the Director for Russia on the National Security Council and acting Senior Director for Russia during the 2017 presidential transition. While on the NSC, Edmonds advised the president and his senior staff on Russia-related national security topics including the Ukraine and Syria crises, Russian military, foreign policy, threat perceptions, and information operations. Edmonds was also the lead director during a review of the United States policy towards Russia, culminating in a presidentially approved strategy that had global impact.

Prior to the NSC, Edmonds served as a military analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, covering Eurasian militaries. He has served in the U.S. Army on both active duty and the reserves for 22 years, with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Edmonds holds an M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, an M.A. from Boston University in Religious Studies, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has a working knowledge of Russian.


June 28, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds says, “I know that Putin will have minimalist and maximalist goals that he’ll have going into the summit.”

I24 News: “Trump & Putin to Meet July 16 in Helsinki”

June 26, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds says that in a meeting with President Trump, President Putin, “might play to the fear that Trump has of looking stupid or of not being powerful.”

CNN: “Will a Trump-Putin Meeting Be Dangerous for U.S.?”

May 7, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "I think what you are going to see is the continuation of this very negative trend in the U.S. Russia relationship, [Putin] is very much convinced that the West is out to get him and undermine Russia and that we are just standing in the way of Russia's greatness."

CNN: "Putin Inaugurated for Another Term"

April 12, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds writes, "In order to counter the perceived policies of the West, Russia has aggressively pursued military and non-military capabilities across domains that it believes target Western vulnerabilities."

The Mark News: "Through the Looking Glass"

April 11, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "A layered defense is always better than a single defense layer."

Business Insider: "Russia's Newest Anti-Air Defenses Are in Syria — and the U.S. Should Be Worried"

April 9, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds provides expertise on the U.S. position on the conflict in Syria.

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