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 7, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "[Russia] have consistently had this behavior to just try to get in the way to be noticed, it's to create a problem and then offer to fix it, or create a problem and try to make it look like it's our fault. But in a sense it's kind of a great power temper tantrum."

Washington Post: Near-Collision Between U.S. and Russian Warships in Pacific Requires Emergency Maneuvers

March 31, 2019

Jeff Edmonds says, "The Russians have a clear overmatch from there and can overwhelm them quickly."

The National Interest: "Europe's Worst Nightmare: Here's What a NATO-Russia War Would Look Like"

February 26, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds and Samuel Bendett write, "Any potential conflict with Moscow will feature a military that is better able to understand, process, and contest the battlespace information environment, posing significant challenges for U.S. and allied forces."

RealClearDefense: "Russian Battlefield Awareness and Information Dominance: Improved Capabilities and Future Challenges"

February 26, 2019

Jeffrey Edmonds says, "Our differences are not just a matter of personalities and they aren't just the temperament of the day. They are the result of fundamentally different views of how countries should act in the world, conflicting national interests, and how our respective countries define our national priorities."

Military Simulation and Training Magazine: "The European Defense Environment; Training and Readiness"

November 26, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds says, “I have to say I wasn’t actually surprised. Russia’s been trying to assert control over the Sea of Azov for some time, and the Russian Navy has always been very aggressive at sea. It's clear from the video of the Russian ships attacking the Ukrainian tugboat that this is a clear signal to Ukraine that Russia wants control over the Sea of Azov.”
BBC Today: “26/11/2018” [Interview at 1:09]


November 26, 2018

Jeffrey Edmonds says, “I think this could be an inflection point, where things get much more violent” between Russia and Ukraine.

Foreign Policy: “Putin Pushes Russia-Ukraine Tensions to a Four-Year High”