Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Strategic Studies / International Affairs Group
  • Eastern Europe
  • Russia
  • Central Asia and the Caucasus
  • Military reform
  • Regional security
  • Ethnic conflict

Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D. is a senior research scientist with CNA Corporation's Strategic Studies division. His areas of expertise include security issues, military affairs, and ethnic politics in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe. He has published numerous articles on these topics in policy publications such as Current History and in academic journals such as World Politics and Post-Soviet Affairs. Gorenburg is also editor of the journals Problems of Post-Communism and Russian Politics and Law and an associate at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has served as a consultant on Russian military and security issues for various agencies of the U.S. government and on ethnic and minority issues for the European Center for Minority Issues.

Recent Work

Russian military reform; Russian defense industry; Caspian regional security; Russian leadership politics under Vladimir Putin; the state of the Russian Navy; the role of the Russian Navy in 2008 Russia-Georgia War; maritime threats to Azerbaijan; Black Sea security issues.

Previous Positions

Executive Director, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; Lecturer in Government, Harvard University.


Ph.D. in Government, Harvard University; B.A. in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.


Russian, French, Belarusian, and Ukrainian

Selected Publications
  • “The Southern Kuril Islands Dispute,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo #226 (September 2012).
  • “Why Russia Supports Repressive Regimes in Syria and the Middle East,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo #198, (June 2012).
  • (with Elise Giuliano), “The Unexpectedly Underwhelming Role of Ethnicity in Russian Politics, 1991-2011” Demokratizatsiya 20(2): 175-188 (2012).
  • “Russia’s State Armaments Program 2020: Is the Third Time the Charm for Military Modernization?” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo #125 (October 2010).
  • “The Causes and Consequences of Beslan.” Political Geography 28, no. 1 (January 2009).
  • “Russia Confronts Radical Islam.” Current History (October 2006).
  • Nationalism for the Masses: Minority Ethnic Mobilization in the Russian Federation. (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
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