Anders Åslund is a Resident Senior Fellow with the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. He is a leading specialist on the East European economies, especially Russia and Ukraine. He also teaches at Georgetown University, and he has served as an economic adviser to several governments, notably to the Russian government from 1991 to 1994, and to the Ukrainian government from 1994 to 1997.
Dr. Åslund is the author of thirteen books, most recently Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It (Peterson Institute, 2015). Other books of his includeHow Capitalism Was Built: The Transformation of the Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2007, 2013), with Valdis Dombrovskis, How Latvia Came out of the Financial Crisis (Peterson Institute, 2011), The Last Shall Be the First: The East European Financial Crisis, 2008-10 (Peterson Institute, 2010), How Ukraine Became a Market Economy and Democracy (Peterson Institute, 2009), Russia's Capitalist Revolution (Peterson Institute, 2007), Building Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 2002), How Russia Became a Market Economy (Brookings, 1995),Gorbachev's Struggle for Economic Reform (Cornell University Press, 1989), andPrivate Enterprise in Eastern Europe: The Non-Agricultural Private Sector in Poland and the GDR, 1945-83 (Macmillan, 1985). He has edited sixteen books most recently with Simeon Djankov, eds. The Great Rebirth: Lessons from the Victory of Capitalism over Communism (2014). He has also published widely, including in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, American Interest, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and theWall Street Journal.
Anders Åslund served as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Geneva, Poland, Moscow, and Stockholm. From 1989 until 1994, he was Professor and founding Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. He has also been a scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Brookings Institution. From 1994 to 2005, he worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a Senior Associate and Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. In parallel, he was codirecting the program on post-Soviet economies at the Carnegie Moscow Center. He was a Senior Fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC from 2006 to 2015.
Dr. Åslund received his doctorate from Oxford University (St. Antony's College) in 1982. He has a BA from the University of Stockholm and an MSc in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and an Honorary Professor of the Kyrgyz National University. He was awarded the Golden Sign of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by President Lech Walesa in July 1991; the Cross of Recognition of the Fourth Class of Latvia by President Andris Berzins on May 4, 2013; and the Leontieff Award in St. Petersburg, 2008. He is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), Warsaw and of the Board of International Advisors, Bank of Finland Institute of Transition. His native language is Swedish, and he is proficient in English, German, Russian, Polish, and French.