Anya Fink, Ph.D.
Research Analyst


Anya Loukianova Fink is a research analyst with CNA's Adversary Analytics team, where she is a member of the Russia Studies Program. Her research focuses on Russian strategy and approaches to deterrence, Russian military thought, and nuclear weapons issues.

Prior to joining CNA, Fink spent a year as a fellow focused on national security and nuclear policy in the U.S. Senate. She was also a postdoc at the RAND Corporation, where her research focused on Russian military writings about conflict escalation. She also previously worked as a program officer in nuclear materials security at the Stanley Foundation and as a research associate focused on nuclear and missile proliferation issues in Russia and Eurasia at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Fink holds a PhD in international security and economic policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park and an MPIA from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She has native fluency in Russian.


June 23, 2020

Michael Kofman and Anya Fink write, "The Russian defense establishment has developed a mature system of deterrence and a coherent escalation management strategy, integrating conventional, strategic, and nonstrategic nuclear weapons."

War on the Rocks: "Escalation Management and Nuclear Employment in Russian Military Strategy"