Anders Åslund is a leading specialist on the East European economies, especially Russia and Ukraine. Since 2006, he has been a senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC. He also teaches at Georgetown University. He served as an economic advisor to the Russian government, 1991-94, to the Ukrainian government, 1994-97, and to the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, 1998-2004.
Dr. Åslund is the author of eleven books, including How Latvia Came out of the Financial Crisis (with Valdis Dombrovskis, 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), How Capitalism Was Built: The Transformation of the Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia (Cambridge University Press, 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), and Private 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 Russia after the Global Economic Crisis (2010). He has also published widely, including in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Wall 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, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, and at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. From 1994 till 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 co-directing the program on post-Soviet economies at the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Dr. Åslund received his doctorate from Oxford University (St. Antony's College) in 1982. He has a B.A. from the University of Stockholm and an M.Sc. 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. He is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), Warsaw.