C. Fred Bergsten, co-chair of the Russia Balance Sheet project, has been director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since its creation in 1981. He has been the most widely quoted think-tank economist in the world over the eight-year period 1997–2005,  was ranked in the top 50 “Who Really Move the Markets?” by Fidelity Investment’s Worth, and was cited as “one of the ten people who can change your life” in USA Today.

John J. Hamre, co-chair of the Russia Balance sheet project, was elected CSIS president and chief executive officer in January 2000. Before joining CSIS, he served as U.S. deputy secretary of defense (1997-1999) and under secretary of defense (comptroller) (1993-1997). As comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs.
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Anders Åslund has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute since 2006. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He examines the economies of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, as well as focuses on the broader implications of economic transition. He worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1994 to 2005, first as a senior associate and then from 2003 as director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. He also worked at the Brookings Institution and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. He earned his doctorate from Oxford University.

Andrew C. Kuchins is a senior fellow and director of the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. From 2000 to 2006, he was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was director of its Russian and Eurasian Program in Washington, D.C., from 2000 to 2003 and again in 2006, and director of the Carnegie Moscow Center in Russia from 2003 to 2005. Kuchins conducts research and writes widely on Russian foreign and security policy.

Members of the Russia Balance Sheet working group

Pavel Baev, is a Senior Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, in Oslo (PRIO) and Editor of Security Dialogue. After graduating from Moscow University in 1979, he worked in a research institute for the USSR Ministry of Defense. In 1988, Dr. Baev joined the newly created Institute of Europe within the Soviet Academy of Sciences. In autumn 1992, he took a sabbatical to move to PRIO where, from 1994 through 1996, Dr. Baev held a NATO Democratic Institutions Fellowship. His recent books, The Russian Army in a Time of Troubles (1996) and Russia's Policies in the Caucasus (1997), are available from Sage Publications and Brookings Institution, respectively.

Keith Crane, is Director of the RAND Corporation's Environment, Energy, and Economic Development Program. In addition to working on issues within this program, he is also engaged in issues pertaining to Iraq, Iran, the Middle East, post-conflict nation building, and transitional economies. He was a member of the Afghan Study Group in 2007 and in 2006 served on the Economy and Reconstruction Working Group for the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group. In the fall of 2003, Dr. Crane served as an economic policy advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. Dr. Crane received his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University in 1983. He was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Economics at Georgetown University in 2001-2002 and in the George Mason University public policy program between 1998 and 2000. He has served as a faculty member of the RAND-UCLA Center for the Study of Soviet International Behavior and as a Fulbright Professor at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw, Poland.
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Timothy Frye, is a professor of political science at Columbia University and a member of the Harriman Institute.  Dr. Frye received a B.A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College, an M.I.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Ph.D. also from Columbia University in 1997.  His research and teaching interests are in comparative politics and political economy with a focus on the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He is the author of Brokers and Bureaucrats: Building Markets in Russia, (Michigan Press 2000), which won the 2001 Hewett Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and Incredible Transformation: Building States and Markets after Communism (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).  He is currently working on a book manuscript, Property Rights and Property Wrongs: What Russia Teaches Us About the Rule of Law.  He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Sergei Guriev, is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Rector of the New Economic School in Moscow. He is also a President of the Center for Economic and Financial Research at the New Economic School. He received his Dr. Sc. (habilitation degree) in Economics (2002) and PhD in Applied Math from the Russian Academy of Science (1994), and M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude from Moscow Institute of Physics in Technology (1993). In 1997-98, Mr. Guriev visited the Department of Economics at M.I.T. for a one-year post-doctoral placement, and in 2003-2004, the Department of Economics at Princeton University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Since 1999, Mr. Guriev has been a Research Affiliate at Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Daniel Treisman, studies Russian politics, the political economy of development, democratic transitions, and political corruption. His book, After the Deluge: Regional Crises and Political Consolidation in Russia (Michigan) demonstrated how Moscow's policy of fiscally appeasing crisis-prone regions helped Russia avoid disintegration. Without a Map: Political Tactics and Economic Reform in Russia (MIT, with Andrei Shleifer) examines the political constraints faced by Russian economic reformers, and explains how the weak Russian state maneuvered to co-opt opponents by manipulating economic "rents". Dr. Treisman teaches about the political and economic systems of Eastern Europe and the political economy of reform. He has been National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and has received fellowships from the Smith Richardson Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and German Marshall Fund of the US.
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Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, has been with the Center since its inception. He retired from the Russian Army in 1993. From 1993-1997, Trenin held posts as a Senior Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Europe in Moscow.

Aleh Tsyvinski, is a professor in the department of Economics at Yale University. His area of research includes optimization of fiscal policies and the role of government in public economies. In 1998, Dr. Tryvinski received his Bachelors Degree with highest honors from Belarus State Economic University. He received his Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Minnesota in 2003. Along with teaching at Yale, Dr. Tryvinski has held faculty positions at the University of California and Harvard University. In 2007 Dr. Tryvinski was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Grand and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for economic studies. He has recently published papers in the Review of Economic Studies, Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the American Economic Review

Judyth Twigg is an Associate Professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work focuses on issues of health, demographic change, and health care reform in Russia. She has been a consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. government, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and several other nongovernmental and research organizations. She has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. Congress and has been a member of several Congressional advisory groups on Russian affairs.

Natalia Volchkova, is a Lead Economist at the Center for Economic and Financial Research, Assistant Professor at the Russian New Economic School, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. In 1999 Natalia Volchkova finished Postgraduate School at the Central Institute of Economics and Mathematics (CEMI) and got a candidate degree in economics. Before that she had studied at the New Economic School (1996 -1998) and in 1997 she graduated from Postgraduate School of Department of Physics at M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University. Dr. Volchkova is a recipient of research grants from the Center for Institutional Reforms and Informal Sectors Study at the University of Maryland (1997-1998), as well as the Economic Education and Research Consortium (1999 -2000.