Samuel Bendett

Fellow in Russia Studies

Areas Of Expertise

  • Russia Domestic Politics
  • Russian Military

Samuel Bendett joined the American Foreign Policy Council in October 2017 as Fellow in Russia Studies. At AFPC, his research will involve Russian unmanned military systems, Russian military developments and doctrine, as well as Russian politics and decision-making.

Mr. Bendett is also affiliated with the Adversary Analysis Group at CNA, where he is a Research Analyst with the Russia Studies Program. His work involves Russian naval capabilities, defense technology, Russian geopolitical influence in the former Soviet states, unmanned systems development, and Russian defense and security policy.

Prior to joining CNA, Mr. Bendett worked at the National Defense University, the U.S. Congress, and for private sector and non-profit organizations focusing on foreign policy, international conflict resolution, defense and security issues.

Mr. Bendett received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and B.A. in Politics and English from Brandeis University. He has native fluency in Russian.