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Moscow Times, February 11, 2015, “West Must Either Commit to Ukraine or Back Off”

War on the Rocks, February 2, 2015, “No, the Russian Navy Isn’t Going to Collapse”

War on the Rocks, November 10, 2014, “Ukraine and Russia: Not the Military Balance You Think”

Huffington Post, September 25, 2014, “Putin Isn’t Chasing After Empire in Ukraine; He Fears a Color Revolution at Home”

Moscow Times, September 23, 2014, “Russia Isn’t Chasing After Empire in Ukraine”

Carnegie Corporation Perspectives on Peace and Security, August 2014, “Personalization and Patriotism”

War on the Rocks, August 7, 2014, “Russian Interests and Policies in the Arctic”

Moscow Times, June 8, 2014, “Kremlin Paranoia Cooks Up New Threats”

War on the Rocks, May 19, 2014, “Crimea Taught Us a Lesson, But Not How the Russian Military Fights”

Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, May 1, 2014, “Opposition in Ukraine: A tale of two maps”

Washington Post, The Monkey Cage, February 12, 2014, “How to understand Russia’s Arctic strategy”

CNN Global Public Square, February 17, 2012, “Russia’s Iran Strategy”

CNN Global Public Square, January 26, 2012, “Why Russia Protects Assad”

Television and Radio Interviews

BBC World News, November 13, 2014, “Russia’s role in Ukraine”

Danyliw Seminar, University of Ottawa, November 1, 2014, “Countering Colored Revolutions: Russia’s New Security Strategy”

Center for the National Interest, October 15, 2014, “Ukraine’s Future,” panel discussion with Keith Darden and Anya Schmemann

Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast, September 17, 2014, “The Russian Strategy in Eastern Ukraine”

16/12 Television, June 2014, “Афганистан перед опасной чертой”

National Public Radio, June 12, 2014, “Are ‘Color Revolutions’ A New Front In U.S.-Russia Tensions?” by Corey Flintoff

Midrats Blogtalkradio, May 4, 2014, “Quo vadis Putin’s Novorossiya”

Voice of America Uzbek Service, March 28, 2014, “US military assistance to Central Asia,” by Navbahor Imamova

C-Span, March 21, 2014, “Russia’s Annexation of Crimea,” panel discussion with Volodymyr Dubovyk, Oleksandr Fisun, Viacheslav Morozov, and myself, March 3, 2014, “Russia’s Incursion into Crimea,” Foreign Entanglements with Robert Farley, August 14, 2013, “US-Russian relations,” Foreign Entanglements with Robert Farley

National Public Radio, December 12, 2012, “Russia’s Defense Shuffle May Tarnish Its Military,” by Corey Flintoff, August 23, 2012, “Russian foreign and security policy,” Foreign Entanglements with Robert Farley

RTE Ireland, June 5, 2012, Interviewed by Max Macken

Midrats Blogtalkradio, May 20, 2012, “Return to Russia”

National Public Radio, March 7, 2012, “Remaking Russia’s Military: Big Plans, Few Results,” by Corey Flintoff

Midrats Blogtalkradio, February 13, 2011, “Mother Russia and Father Time”

Print Interviews

L’Indro, March 25, 2015, “Crimea, un anno dopo l’annessione,” by Ingrid Burke

Moscow Times, March 24, 2015, “Russia Wants an Aircraft Supercarrier, But Can It Build One?” by Matthew Bodner

Der Spiegel, March 21, 2015, “Angeblicher Riesentransporter : Der russische Über-Flieger”

Reuters, March 18, 2015, “Russia’s air corps is a powerful but fading force,” by Robert Beckhusen

DefenseNews, March 11, 2015, “Russia’s Polar Pivot,” by Matthew Bodner

UlkoPolitiika, #1, 2015, “Venäjä vahvistaa asevoimiaan,” by Erik Nystrom

The Diplomat, March 4, 2015, “Putin’s ‘Red October': Russia’s Deadliest New Submarine,” by Franz-Stefan Gady

The Diplomat, March 2, 2015, “What to Expect From Russia’s Pacific Fleet in 2015,” by Franz-Stefan Gady

Reuters, February 18, 2015, “No, Russia isn’t building a giant new aircraft carrier,” by David Axe

Democracy Digest, February 11, 2015, “The ‘morally, politically overwhelming’ case for aiding Ukraine”

Gazeta Wyborcza, January 26, 2015, “Kreml odgrywa starą śpiewkę o potędze rosyjskiej floty. Ale ta jest w stanie rozkładu,” by Michał Wachnicki

Next Big Future, January 24, 2015, “Russian Navy can only deploy 45 of its 270 ships”

War is Boring, January 18, 2015, “The Russian Navy Is on the Verge of Collapse,” by David Axe

L’Indro, January 14, 2015, “Esercito: la Russia apre agli stranieri,” by Ingrid Burke

Financial Times, January 8, 2015, “Russia: Dangers of isolation,” by Kathrin Hille

Newsweek, December 12, 2014, “How Strong is the Russian Military?” by Jonathan Masters

Voice of America News, December 11, 2014, “Sanctions, Oil Price Slump May Slow Russian Military Upgrade,” by Sharon Behn

International Business Times, November 21, 2014, “Russia Sends Mig-31 Foxhound Fighter Jets To Ukraine Border, In Escalation Of Tension Over Separatist Region,” by Alberto Riva

Democracy Digest, November 17, 2014, “Putin’s Russia: the case for containment”

Council on Foreign Relations, November 10, 2014, “Backgrounder: The Russian Military,” by Jonathan Masters

Ballots and Bullets, November 5, 2014, “Russia resurgent? Russian military performance in Crimea and its implications on Western defence requirements,” by Bettina Renz

Russia Beyond the Headlines, October 2014, “Russia, the USSR and Afghanistan, yesterday and today,” by Nick Allen

The Moscow Times, October 23, 2014, “With Ukraine Revitalizing NATO, Russia Dusts Off its Own Security Alliance,” by Matthew Bodner

The Moscow Times, October 21, 2014, “Despite Swedes’ Sub Panic, Russia’s Baltic Fleet Is Far From Fearsome,” by Matthew Bodner

Voice of America News, September 24, 2014, “Despite Criticism, Russia Likely to Benefit From Islamic State Airstrikes,” by Viktor Vasilyev, Yulia Savchenko, and Igor Tikhonenko

The Moscow Times, September 8, 2014, “Russia Says it Could Build its Own Mistral Warships,” by Matthew Bodner

The Economist, September 6, 2014, “The War in Ukraine: Reversal of Fortune”

Agoravox, September 4, 2014, “L’Ukraine envahie, mythe ou réalité ?” by Olivier Cabanel

New Republic, August 28, 2014, “Russia Is Burying Soldiers in Unmarked Graves Just to Conceal Their Role in Ukraine,” by Josh Kovensky

Le Figaro, August 21, 2014, “Kiev dans une impasse stratégique,” by Emmanuel Grynszpan

International Business Times, July 23, 2014, “China Can Offer Little Help To Russia In Current Crisis,” by Matt Schiavenza

The Bug Pit, July 23, 2014, “Black Sea Naval Cooperation Another Casualty Of Ukraine War,” by Joshua Kucera

New Republic, July 18, 2014, “Every Dangerous Place Where Airplanes Aren’t Supposed to Fly,” by Jessica Schulberg and Josh Kovensky

The Verge, July 18, 2014, “Cold War redux: Russia may reopen a Soviet-era spy base in Cuba,” by Amar Toor

The Local, July 18, 2014, “More pressure on France to scrap Russia ship deal,” by Ben McPartland

The Moscow Times, July 9, 2014, “Will France’s Mistral Assault Warships Make Russia a Naval Threat?” by Matthew Bodner

The Economist, July 5, 2014, “War by any other name”

In Homeland Security, June 2, 2014, “Russia’s Military Reforms and the Long View,” by Donald Sassano

New York Times, May 31, 2014, “In Ukraine War, Kremlin Leaves No Fingerprints,” by Sabrina Tavernise

The Economist, May 24, 2014, “Putin’s new model army”

The Moscow Times, May 13, 2014, “Crimea Takeover Seen as Potential Game Changer in Mediterranean,” by Ivan Nechepurenko

World Politics Review, May 7, 2014, “Defense Industry Sanctions Might Make Russia Double Down on Ukraine,” by Eric Auner

Dagsavisen, May 2, 2014, “Har mistet kontrollen i øst,” by Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth

The Daily Beast, April 17, 2014, “Is Putin’s Next Move to Take Over Odessa?” by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake

The Verge, April 4, 2014, “Icy US-Russia relations revive Cold War fears,” by Amar Toor

New York Times, April 2, 2014, “In Crimea, Russia Showcases a Rebooted Army,” by C. J. Chivers and David Herszenhorn

The Bug Pit, April 1, 2014, “China Promises Tajikistan “Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars” In Military Aid,” by Joshua Kucera, March 28, 2014, “The NATO Panic,” by Fred Kaplan, March 21, 2014, “Crimea Freezes US-Russia Military Relationship,” by Bryant Jordan

Reuters, March 20, 2014, “Russia says it will build up military presence in Crimea,” by Thomas Grove

The Verge, March 16, 2014, “Then and now: life in a divided Ukraine,” by Amar Toor

The Interpreter, March 13, 2014, “Yes Russia Controls Crimea, and Yes Those Really are Russian Troops,” Andrew Bowen

Washington Post, March 10, 2014, “Russia’s military is the largest in the region, but it isn’t the same force as in Soviet times,” by Walter Pincus

The Bug Pit, March 8, 2014, “The Black Sea Fleet And Russia’s Crimean Adventurism,” by Joshua Kucera

Washington Post, March 4, 2014, “Putin says he will protect Russians in Ukraine,” by Kathy Lally and William Booth

Reuters, March 4, 2014, “How Russian, Ukrainian Military Stack Up,” by Peter Apps

Stars and Stripes, March 3, 2014, “Black Sea port in Ukraine still key to Russia’s naval interests,” by Steven Beardsley

Reuters, March  2, 2014, “Ukraine crisis gives NATO, West no good options,” by Peter Apps

The Bug Pit, March 2, 2014, “Report: Military Aid To Central Asia Having Little Effect,” by Joshua Kucera

Reuters, February 27, 2014, “Russia raises military clout with reforms after Georgian war,” by Peter Apps

The Verge, February 24, 2014, “Vladimir Putin won the Olympics, but he’s not smiling,” by Amar Toor

Chronicles of Turkmenistan, February 11, 2014, “What will 2014 be like for Turkmenistan? Four experts’ view on regional geopolitics,” by Regis Gente

The Verge, January 28, 2014, “Spy games: behind Russia’s massive Olympic surveillance program,” by Amar Toor

The Bug Pit, January 9, 2014, “U.S. Military Logisticians To Russia: Thanks, But…” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, December 18, 2013, “Russia, Ukraine Agree To Talk Black Sea Fleet Expansion,” by Joshua Kucera

The Verge, December 11, 2013, “Putin’s controversial news agency merger tightens grip on Russian media,” by Amar Toor

Asia Times, November 20, 2013, “Russia rebuilds ties with Vietnam,” by Roberto Tofani

The Bug Pit, October 11, 2013, “If U.S. Pulls Out Of Afghanistan, Will It Stay In Central Asia?” by Joshua Kucera

National Interest, October 4, 2013, “Russia’s Military is Back,” by Nikolas Gvosdev

Foreign Policy, September 13, 2013, “How Putin Turned Moscow Back Into a Middle East Powerhouse,” by David Kenner

The Verge, August 7, 2013, “Russia’s new neo-Nazi sport: terrorizing gay youth online,” by Amar Toor

Defense News, June 10, 2013, “Finland Looks East Again: Talks With Russia Could Revive Defense Trade, Cooperation,” by Gerard O’Dwyer

Business Insider, May 21, 2013, “New Arms Bill In Congress Could Involve Major Sanctions On Russia,” by Geoffrey Ingersoll

Moscow Times, February 28, 2013, “Putin Demands Military ‘Upgrade’ in Face of Threats,” by Ivan Nechepurenko

La Tribune (Paris), February 20, 2013, “Défense : la Marine russe veut renouer avec la grandeur de l’ère soviétique,” by Emmanuel Grynszpan

The Economist, November 10, 2012, “Reform and Be Sacked

Kyiv Post, July 17, 2012, “A Nation that is both Russian and Ukrainian.” Interviewed by Ilya Timtchenko

Голос России, May 22, 2012, “Первая фаза ЕвроПРО: иллюзия безопасности,”  by Ilya Kramnik

Business Insider, March 8, 2012, “For All The Bluster, These 3 Reasons Show Russia’s Position On Iran May Be Surprisingly Sane,” by Adam Taylor

Veja, March 3, 2012, “Russos vão às urnas fazer (de novo) a vontade de Putin,” by Amanda Zacarkim

New York Times, February 25, 2012, “Syrian Conflict Poses the Risk of Wider Strife, ” by Steven Erlanger

New York Times, February 19, 2012, “For Syria, Reliant on Russia for Weapons and Food, Old Bonds Run Deep,” by David Herszenhorn

Defence Report, February 6, 2012, “Syrian National Council says ‘yes’ to diplomacy, ‘no’ to Chinese and Russian arms,” by Robert Densmore

Veja, November 29, 2011, “Putin vai voltar à Presidência – sem nunca ter saído de fato,” by Gabriela Loureiro

Reuters, October 11, 2011, “Russia feeds arms addiction as soft power fails,” by Thomas Grove

The Bug Pit, August 24, 2011, “Why Does Russia Have Warships In The Caspian?” by Joshua Kucera, August 10, 2011, “Karabakh peace requires compromise”

The Bug Pit, July 8, 2011, “The Last(?) Word on Russia’s Mistral Purchase,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, June 22, 2011, “Russians Say U.S. Naval Visit to Black Sea “Threat to Our Security.” Are They Right?” by Joshua Kucera

APA News Agency, June 22, 2011, “I think that there is no chance for Nabucco pipeline without Azerbaijan”

The Bug Pit, June 6, 2011, “Russian General: We Will Intervene to Protect Armenia,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, May 11, 2011, “Georgia, Russia, Slowly Reviving Cooperation on the Black Sea,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, March 4, 2011, “Russian Military Beefing Up Forces Around the Caspian,” by Joshua Kucera

Reuters, March 1, 2011, “Russia turns military gaze east to counter China,” by Thomas Grove

The Bug Pit, January 31, 2011, “Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, South Stream and Somali Pirates,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, November 1, 2010, “China vs. Russia in Central Asia,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, September 27, 2010, “Russia’s cagey moves toward Iran and the U.S.,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, August 30, 2010, “Russia’s Caspian naval plans,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, July 26, 2010, “More submarines coming to the Black Sea,” by Joshua Kucera

The Bug Pit, May 13, 2010, “Russia’s Mistral purchase could make Georgia safer,” by Joshua Kucera

Information (Lisbon), April 28, 2010, “Ovos e bombas de fumo: parlamento ucraniano à deriva pelo mar Negro” by Goncalo Venancio

Arms Control Today, March 2010, “Russian Nuclear Threshold Not Lowered” by Volha Charnysh

Seapower magazine cover story, February 2010, “A Potemkin Navy?” by Otto Kreisher, January 18, 2010, «Наличие множества трубопроводов уменьшает рычаги влияния какого-либо одного игрока в регионе», January 7, 2010, Azerbaijan is gradually becoming stronger vis-à-vis Armenia

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