Dmitry Gorenburg, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Dmitry Gorenburg is an expert on security issues in the former Soviet Union, Russian military reform, Russian foreign policy, and ethnic politics and identity. His recent research topics include decision-making processes in the senior Russian leadership, Russian naval strategy in the Pacific and the Black Sea, and Russian maritime defense doctrine.

Gorenburg is author of "Nationalism for the Masses: Minority Ethnic Mobilization in the Russian Federation" (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and has been published in journals such as World Politics and Post-Soviet Affairs. In addition to his role at CNA, he currently serves as editor of Problems of Post-Communism and is an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. From 2009 to 2016, he edited the journal Russian Politics and Law.

Gorenburg previously served as Executive Director of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). He received a B.A. in international relations from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He blogs on issues related to the Russian military at Russian Military Reform. He is a native Russian speaker.


November 5, 2018

Dmitry Gorenburg says, “NATO’s primary concern is with Russian submarines in the Mediterranean, not as much in Black Sea. Of course, military planners are concerned about the layered air/maritime defenses that would make any kind of conflict in the region very difficult for NATO forces.”

Breaking Defense: “Russian Intercept Underscores Tensions in Black Sea”

November 1, 2018

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, “To be held in Norway through Nov. 23, the Trident Juncture exercise is designed to improve NATO’s ability to defend member states and to strengthen the alliance’s credibility as a deterrent force against potential aggression.”

Russia Matters: “NATO’s Trident Juncture Exercise as a Deterrence Signal to Russia”

October 26, 2018

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, “Russian experts and officials have long argued that the treaty that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed with President Ronald Reagan in 1987 was disadvantageous — first to the Soviet Union and then to Russia.”

The Washington Post: “Here’s What the Russians Think About the Trump Administration’s Decision to Withdraw From a Nuclear Arms Treaty”

October 19, 2018

Dmitry Gorenburg says, “It’s still true that Russia is more interested in cooperation in this region than anywhere else, because it needs it. For that reason, it is continuing to work through institutions like the Arctic Council.”

U.S. Naval War College: “Emerging Issues, Emerging Sea-Lanes in the Arctic: NWC Hosts Second Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative”

October 7, 2018

Dmitry Gorenburg says, “Russian foreign policy has actually been in some ways really constant, actually since before Putin became President.. in terms of what their goals are, and those goals are about regaining the lost respect that they felt they had as a superpower in the Soviet Days.”

Midrats: “Russia's Red Banner Year, With Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg”

September 30, 2018

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, “It can be reasonably argued that over the last decade, the Russian government has had no higher priority than restoring its military as a potent force that can both strike fear into its adversaries and be capable of being used to achieve state goals in an armed conflict.”

Russian Military Reform: “Review of Bettina Renz’s New Book on Russia’s Military Revival”