75 years of service to our nation


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.


October 24, 2017

Jeffrey Edmonds says "The Russians have a clear overmatch from there and can overwhelm [the Baltics] quickly."

The National Interest: "This Is What a NATO vs. Russia War Over the Baltics Would Look Like"

September 14, 2017

The Moscow Times publishes "Zapad Is a Window Into How Russia Works (Op-Ed)" by CNA analyst Jeffrey Edmonds

August 22, 2017

The National Interest publishes "Why the Russian Navy Is a More Capable Adversary Than It Appears" by CNA analysts Michael Kofman and Jeffrey Edmonds

August 1, 2017

The Huffington Post quotes CNA analyst Jeffrey Edmonds in “Here’s What Happened Last Time Moscow Kicked out Hundreds of U.S. Diplomatic Staff”

July 19, 2017

CBS News interviews CNA analyst Jeffrey Edmonds in “Russia Expert: Trump’s Dinner Chat With Putin ‘High Risk’.” (Listen at 1:54 for interview clip.)

July 19, 2017

CBS News interviews CNA analyst Jeffrey Edmonds in “Russia Expert: Trump’s Dinner Chat with Putin ‘High Risk’” (listen at 1:54 for interview clip)