Leon Aron is Resident Scholar and Director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of three books and over 300 articles and essays. From 1999 to 2014 he wrote the Russian Outlook, a quarterly essay on economic, political, social and cultural aspects of Russia’s post-Soviet transition, published by the Institute. He is the author of the first full-scale scholarly biography of Boris Yeltsin, Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life (St. Martin’s Press, 2000); Russia’s Revolution: Essays 1989-2006 (AEI Press, 2007); and, most recently, Roads to the Temple: Memory, Truth, Ideas and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987-1991 (Yale University Press, 2012). In 2014, Dr. Aron was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the operations of the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti (Cuba Broadcasting), Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa).

Dr. Aron earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, has taught a graduate seminar at Georgetown University, and was awarded the Peace Fellowship at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has co-edited and contributed the opening chapter to The Emergence of Russian Foreign Policy, published by the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1994 and contributed an opening chapter to The New Russian Foreign Policy (Council on Foreign Relations, 1998), the first detailed and systematic account of the intellectual and moral revolution that precipitated the Soviet collapse.

Dr. Aron has contributed numerous essays and articles to newspapers andmagazines, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, theWall Street Journal Foreign Policy, The NewRepublic, Weekly Standard, Commentary, New York Times Book Review, the TimesLiterary Supplement. A frequent guest of television and radio talkshows, he has commented on Russian affairs for, among others, 60 Minutes,The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, CNN International,C-Span, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Talk of theNation.”

From 1990 to 2004, he was a permanent discussant at the Voice of America’s radio and television show Gliadya iz Ameriki (“Looking from America”), which was broadcast to Russia every week.

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  • Weekly Contributor (Radio and TV Program), Gliadia iz Ameriki (“Looking from America”), Voice of America, 1990-2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, 1994-96-Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation, 1987-92
  • Senior Project Director, Newspaper Advertising Bureau, 1984-87
  • Assistant Project Director, D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles, 1983-84
  • Consultant  on Soviet Affairs, Frost & Sullivan and International Reporting Information Systems


Ph.D., political sociology, Columbia University
M.A., media sociology, Columbia University
B.A., Moscow State Pedagogical Institute