Peter Clement is a Senior Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and an 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.


Principal Articles

Peter Clement, “From a Historical Perspective: Impact of Intelligence Integration on CIA Analysis,” Center for the Study of Intelligence 65, no. 3 (September 2021).
Peter Clement, “Moscow and Nicaragua: Two Sides of Soviet Policy,” Comparative Strategy 5, no. 1 (1985).
Peter Clement, “Moscow and Southern Africa,” Problems of Communism 34, no. 2 (1985).

Book Chapters

Peter Clement, “Russia-US Relations: A Long Slog Ahead” in Michael Morell and John McLaughlin, eds., Briefing Book for Presidential Candidates (2019).
Peter Clement, Rebecca Fisher, and Rob Johnston, “Is Intelligence Analysis a Discipline?,” in James Bruce and Roger George, eds., Analyzing Intelligence: National Security Practitioners Perspectives, 2d ed., (Georgetown University Press, 2014).
Peter Clement, “US-Soviet Cooperation in Africa,” in Melvin Goodman, ed., The End of Superpower Conflict in the Third World (Westview Press, 1992).
Peter Clement, “Soviet Policy Toward Africa: An Historical Overview,” in Carol Saivetz, ed., Soviet Policy in the Third World (1989).
Peter Clement and W. Raymond Duncan, “The Soviet Union and Central America,” in Sam Mujal-Leon, ed., The USSR and Latin America (1989).
Peter Clement and Mary Desjeans, “Soviet Policy in Central America” in Robbin Laird, ed., Soviet Foreign Policy (1987).

Other Articles, Testimony and Reports

Peter Clement and Amy Martella, “Peter Clement Returns: The Death of Wagner Leader Yevgeny Prigozhin,” Bite-Sized Business Law, 30 August 2023.
Peter Clement, “Analyzing Russia, Putin and Ukraine at the CIA and Columbia,” Harriman Magazine (Fall 2022)
Peter Clement, “Putin’s Risk Spiral: The Logic of Escalation in an Unraveling War,” Foreign Affairs online, (October 2022).
Peter Clement, “The Cuban Missile Crisis,” Directorate of Intelligence 1952-2002: Fifty Years of Informing Policy (CIA: 2002).