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 12, 2019

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "The end result is a relatively coherent picture of the world as a chaotic place and of Russia as a stabilizing agent within it."

Russian Military Reform: "Russian Foreign Policy Narratives"

November 11, 2019

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "Russia's strategic objectives in the Nordic region are thus focused primarily on maintaining the status quo rather than changing the strategic environment or expanding Russian influence in a significant way."

The Wall Street Journal: "On a Rocky Island, Russia Seeks Military and Psychological Edge"

October 2, 2019

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "Should Russian forces stay in the Mediterranean, they would pose a serious threat to U.S. and NATO forces by creating an increasingly dense missile and electronic-warfare environment farther into the eastern Mediterranean Sea."

The National Interest: "The Mediterranean: The Russian Navy's New Playground? (NATO Worried?)"

September 18, 2019

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "By building up its naval forces, Russia is hoping to circumscribe NATO access to the region, protect Russia's southern flank, and assist its current and potential future client states in the region."

Russian Military Reform: "Russia's Naval Strategy in the Mediterranean"

September 11, 2019

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "Russia's main peacetime goals in the Nordic region involve preventing further military integration of the Nordic states with NATO."

Russian Military Reform: "Strategic Russian Strategic Decision-Making in a Nordic Crisis"

August 20, 2019

Dmitry Gorenburg and Kasey Stricklin write, "Understanding the background and preferences of those who are likely to be the next set of leaders of the Russian armed forces thus can give analysts a better idea of how it will develop over the next two decades."

War On The Rocks: "A Guide to Becoming an Admiral in the Russian Navy"