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).
Selected CNA Corp. Research
Recent News & Information
  • CNA Corporation in the News: July 23, 2014's The Bug Pit quotes CNA Corp. analyst Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D. in "Black Sea Naval Cooperation Another Casualty of Ukraine War"

  • CNA Corporation in the News: July 23, 2014

    International Business Times quotes CNA Corp. analyst Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D. in "China Can Offer Little Help to Russia in Current Crisis"

  • CNA Corporation in the News: July 22, 2014

    Johnson's Russia List, a project of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, cites CNA Corp. analyst Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D. in "Russia & Ukraine: JRL 2014 #159"

  • Commentary: July 21, 2014

    CNA Corp. analyst Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D. posts "Who Shot Down MH 17?" on his blog, Russian Military Reform

  • Commentary: July 18, 2014

    Perspectives on Politics publishes a book review by CNA Corp. analyst Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D. of the book, The Politics of Nation-Building 

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