BackChannel

FPRI Names Chris Miller as Research Director of Its Eurasia Program

Chris Miller

PHILADELPHIA, PA—The Foreign Policy Research Institute is pleased to announce that Chris Miller has been named Research Director of its Eurasia Program, a program designed to explore an increasingly contentious area of the world.

Miller already serves as the editor of FPRI’s Baltic Bulletin and Black Sea Initiative publications, and Book Review Editor of Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs.

In addition to his work at FPRI, Dr. Miller is the Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University. He has served as a Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center (2012-2014), a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution, a lecturer at the New Economic School in Moscow, and is an Alfa Fellowship recipient. He received his PhD and MA from Yale University and his BA in history from Harvard University.

The Struggle to Save the Soviet EconomyHis first book, The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR, was published in December 2016 by the University of North Carolina Press. Miller is currently completing his second book, Putinomics: Russia’s Economy from 1999-present.

“Chris Miller is a rising star in the field of Russian studies,” said FPRI president Alan Luxenberg, “and we are pleased to provide a platform for Chris and other young scholars to shape the discourse on U.S. foreign policy.”

As a part of his duties as the Research Director of the Eurasia Program, Miller will work with FPRI’s newly appointed Baltic Sea Fellows and Black Sea Fellows to conduct region-related research for FPRI’s four different publication series focused on the Eurasia region: Baltic BulletinBlack Sea Strategy PapersCaucasus Cable, and Moldova Monthly.

Miller wrote the inaugural articles for the three Black Sea Initiative publications. Why the Black Sea?, the first publication for the Black Sea Strategy Papers series, discusses the importance of a region that most Americans are unfamiliar with. “The geography of the Black Sea matters not only because the region is increasingly at the center of the United States’ foreign policy, but we continue to wrongly see the region as divided into unconnected chunks,” Miller argues.

He will work in close partnership with Program Manager Maia Otarashvili, both under the guidance of Ambassador Adrian A. Basora and John R. Haines, the program’s co-directors.

Miller is available to address community groups and corporations on Russia, Europe, and international economics.

FPRI is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank located in Center City Philadelphia. Its mission is to bring the insights of scholarship to bear on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. It seeks to educate the public, teach teachers, train students, and offer ideas to advance U.S. national interests based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lens of history, geography, and culture.

FPRI would like to thank the J.J. Medveckis Foundation, Cotswold Foundation, Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, Leo Model Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, Krista Bard, and others for their support of the Eurasia Program at FPRI.

For more information, please visit www.fpri.org or contact Payton Windell at 215-732-3774, ext. 122.