Anya Fink, Ph.D.
Research Scientist


Anya Loukianova Fink is a research scientist with CNA's Russia Studies Program. Her research focuses on Russian strategy, military thought, and approaches to innovation; as well as 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 and a year as a postdoctoral Stanton Nuclear Security fellow at the RAND Corporation, where her research focused on Russian military writings about escalation management. She also previously worked as a program officer in nuclear material security at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security and as a research associate focused on WMD 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"