Peter Clement is the Interim Director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies; and a Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In 2018, he retired from CIA, where he held several senior analytic and management positions, most recently as Deputy Assistant Director of CIA for Europe and Eurasia; prior positions included eight years as Deputy Director for Intelligence for Analytic Programs, and Director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis. Mr. Clement served as the PDB daily briefer for Vice-President Cheney, NSC Adviser Rice and Deputy NSC Adviser Hadley in 2003-2004 and did a brief tour at the National Security Council as the Director for Russia and later as the senior CIA representative to the US Mission to the United Nations.
Mr. Clement has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2001 and is a longtime member of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. He has taught Russian history and politics for over 10 years at the University of Maryland, the University of Virginia’s northern Virginia campus, and two years as a visiting professor at Columbia (2013-2015). Mr. Clement has published journal articles and book chapters on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, Central Asia, and the Cuban missile crisis. He holds a PhD in Russian history and an MA in Modern European history from Michigan State University, and a BA in liberal arts from SUNY-Oswego.
Before joining the CIA, Mr. Clement taught high school history for three years in suburban Maryland.