Donald N. Jensen
Donald N. Jensen joins the Center for Transatlantic Relations from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. From 2002-2008 he was Director of Research and Analysis at RFE/RL, where he oversaw that international news organization's analytical publications, including the daily RFE/RL Newsline. He also managed the organization's extensive program of conferences and briefings. Jensen writes extensively on Russian domestic politics, foreign policy, security and energy issues, especially the politics of Russian business.
Jensen is a frequent commentator on radio and television in the US, Russia, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, including CNN International and the Lehrer News Hour. He is a regular analyst on Russian affairs for the BBC, Al Jazeera television (Arabic and English), and Iranian television. Jensen was a consultant and commentator for the PBS program "Return of the Czar," which won the Overseas Press Club's Edward R. Murrow Award in 2001 for distinguished reporting on international affairs.
In addition to his duties at RFE/RL, Jensen has been adjunct professor of comparative politics at George Washington University, and has lectured or taught at Oxford, Columbia, Harvard, Cornell Stanford, and other major universities.
Between 1996 and 2002 he served as Associate Director of Broadcasting for RFE/RL. In that capacity he played a key role in RFE/RL's move from Munich to Prague and was instrumental in bolstering RFE/RL's broadcasting to Russia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq.
A Foreign Service officer from 1985-1996, Dr. Jensen joined RFE/RL after a two-year assignment in Moscow as deputy chief of the U.S. Embassy's Political/Internal Section. While there, he analyzed political trends and developments in Russia, and served as a monitor for the 1993 Russian legislative elections. Dr. Jensen worked on arms control issues for the START and SDI negotiations in 1987-1989 and in 1988 was a member of the first 10-man US team to inspect Soviet missile bases under the INF (Intermediate Nuclear Forces) Treaty. He also served as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
From 1980-1984 Jensen was a research fellow at the School of Education, Stanford University, where he was deputy director of the Law and Education Program, a federally-funded grant program for research and training on education and public policy issues. While at Stanford, Jensen co-edited one book and wrote numerous articles on law and public policy. He also lectured on constitutional law.
Dr. Jensen received his B.A. from Columbia University and Master's and Ph.D. in government from Harvard. He has also been a Mid-Career Fellow at the Harriman Institute.
Jensen is fluent in Russian and Italian (and has been interviewed in those languages). In his spare time, Jensen is a noted baseball author and historian.
CTR Fellow Donald Jensen comments for VOA's Crossfire on
- Discussion on the Russian Elections
- Putin Makes Anti-Americanism a Centerpiece of His Campaign
- Russia Draws the Line on Syria
- Yavlinskiy Tossed Off the Ballot
- Discussion with Sergey Markedonov (in Russian)
- Putin Considers His Options
- Moscow Hopes for Policy Continuity in North Korean Succesion
- The Kremlin’s push-back on democracy protesters
- A Kremlin Autumn?
- The surprising results of the Russian parliamentary elections
- The EU-Russia relationship
- Moscow and Tehran
- Medvedev and Ballistic Missile Defense