Robert M. Cutler was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Michigan, and is senior research fellow, Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Carleton University, Canada. He is Senior Research Fellow, Institute of European, Russian & Eurasian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa. He is also Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (Boston), and Non-Resident Scholar, Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (Dubai).
He held pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Graduate Institute of International studies, University of Geneva; Moscow State University; and The Harriman Institute, Columbia University. During a dozen years exclusively in academia, in three different countries, he taught 14 different subjects in international relations, comparative politics and political philosophy, at all levels from introductory undergraduate to graduate research seminar.
He then expanded into policy analysis and consulting, foremost as an Energy Security and Geo-economics Specialist now covering the whole of Eurasia with a special focus on Central, South, and Southwest Asia, with a secondary focus on Europe, Russia, and China. A recognized authority entirely at ease in all milieux, he is internationally sought out by electronic and print interviewers.
He has over 15 years’ experience in analysis of energy security and geopolitics including consulting to international institutions, international energy firms, governments and NGOs; framing research and policy issues, leading research teams, and producing briefings and analytical bulletins.
He maintains a constant online presence through frequent contributions to Central Asia–Caucasus Analyst, ISN Security Watch, Asia Times Online, and other expert commentary sites and analytical newsletters; has published dozens of refereed academic articles, policy articles and book chapters; has given keynote speeches to international conferences; and is noted for his ability to recognize significant developments his fields before they become generally evident. His skill sets include negotiation and strategy, design and implementation, planning and execution, and evaluation and instruction.
He has executed organizational design of international institutions and advised also on investment strategy in the region and on human and minority rights, including immigration/asylum applications to the U.S. and Canada). Besides producing the whole portfolio of scholarly, policy, and public-intellectual information products and maintaining a strong online presence, he has won numerous competitive research grants and fellowships, serving also on a half-dozen academic-journal and policy-review editorial boards in addition to executive committees of professional scholarly and policy research organizations.