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.


September 1, 2020

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "What it does is obviously undermine confidence in the electoral system and plays into a narrative that casts doubt on the legitimacy of the election."

Talking Points Memo: "Bogus Russian News Story Shows How Election Disinfo Can 'Hack Your Mind'"

August 31, 2020

Jeffrey Edmonds writes, "The most stressing scenario for U.S. defense planners is a two-theater scenario in which one power acts opportunistically to achieve a military objective while the United States is engaged in conflict with the other."

CNAS: "Addressing Deepening Russia-China Relations"

August 14, 2020

Jeffrey Edmonds writes, "American defense planners need to not overinflate the threat of Russian-Chinese cooperation, but still understand and plan for those areas where their combined efforts might lead to new capabilities."

War on the Rocks: "Russia and China Playing Musical Chairs in Zero Gravity"

May 21, 2020

Jeffrey Edmonds says "Even though I do think the Russians were not fully complying, you need to look at the broader picture encompassing allies, arms control, and strategic stability — I think its net benefits outweigh its costs."

Breaking Defense: "U.S. to Withdraw From Open Skies, Leaving 34-Nation Arms Control Pact"

December 17, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "There are certain parts of their military that are very formidable, but they've pushed the entire military as much as they can, and so those parts that might be weaker or older might be more subject to accidents and mishaps."

CNN: "Russian Spy Ship Sails Recklessly off U.S."

November 23, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "He [Zelensky] wants Ukraine to be seen as an ally to the United States, not some cause of internal domestic strife."

USA Today: "Putin Gloats over Impeachment Probe as Ukraine Gets Dragged Through America's Political Mud"