Senior Fellow, Eurasian Affairs
Alex Alexiev is IASC’s Senior Fellow for Eurasia Affairs. He has more than 35 years of analytical experience in U.S. national security as a senior analyst and project director with the Rand Corp’s National Security Division, and several think tanks in Washington D.C. He has directed numerous research projects for the Department of Defense, Office of Net Assessment, U.S. Army Intelligence, USAF intelligence, DIA, CIA, and other U.S. Government agencies, and has testified before Congress numerous times. Research areas include: military and foreign affairs related to NATO, the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; nationalism, demographics, ethnic and religious conflicts in Eurasia and the Middle East; economic reform and transition in post-communist societies; and, Islamic finance and sovereign wealth issues. Alexiev’s private sector work includes numerous consulting assignments with major U.S. and European corporations and investment banks on Russian and Eastern European markets, bond issues, and investment and privatization strategies. He is also the CEO of a business management consulting company in Bulgaria, and a company involved in agricultural investments in Eastern Europe.
Educated at Sofia State University, Bulgaria, and at UCLA (M.A. 1973, PhD exam 1977, Political Science), he has been a faculty member of Rand/UCLA Graduate School for Public Policy 1984-1990, and Guest Scholar, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Since 2011, he has served as Chairman of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies in Sofia, Bulgaria. Other public and policy service includes: 1990-1991, Director, Radio Free Europe, Bulgarian Service, Munich, Germany; 1992-93, Principal (pro bono) Advisor to Prime Minister of Bulgaria; 2002-8, Vice President for Research, Center for Security Policy; and, 2006-2011, Visiting Scholar, Hudson Institute. Media work includes: partner and executive producer at ABG Films Inc., a Los Angeles -based film company specializing in the production of documentary films; ABG films have been shown on Fox News Channel and PBS; and, Associate producer with Full Disclosure Network, a Los Angeles television production company. Alexiev is the author of a dozen books and hundreds of articles on national security with a particular focus on radical Islam, terrorism, energy, and Russia and Eastern Europe. His most recent book is “The Wages of Extremism: Radical Islam’s Threat to the West and the Muslim World” (Hudson). He appears frequently in U.S. and international media.