Anders Åslund has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2006, and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is a leading specialist on East European economies with more than 35 years of experience in the field.

Dr. Åslund has worked as an economic adviser to the Russian, Ukrainian, and Kyrgyz governments. He is the author of eleven books, the last one with Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, How Latvia Came through the Financial Crisis. Other recent books of his are: The Last Shall Be the First: The East European Financial Crisis, 2008-10 (2010), How Ukraine Became a Market Economy and Democracy (2009), and Russia’s Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed (2007). He has also edited 16 books and has published widely.

Previously, Dr. Åslund was the Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics and professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Dr. Åslund served as a Swedish diplomat in Moscow, Geneva and Kuwait. He earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Project Summary

Research for a book on Soviet endeavors at economic reform from 1983 to 1987, based on 3 years of fieldwork in the USSR.; study of major features of the reform, such as its causes, purposes, design, coherence, achievements and failures.; differences between economic experiments between branches of industry.; To what extent have the traditional pillars of the system, such as central planning, central material supplies, the price system, socialist ownership and the centralized control of foreign trade, been circumvented or changed?

Previous Terms

Research Scholar, Kennan Institute. First Secretary, Swedish Embassy in Moscow, The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. " Soviet Attempts at Economic Reform from Andropov to Gorbachev (1983-1987)". September 1, 1987 - June 1, 1988.