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.


May 26, 2020

Dmitry Gorenburg says that Russians "want to highlight to U.S. nuclear planners that 'Hey, just because you think you'll have the ability to take out all the ICBMs ... we have other things'."

Asia Times: "Russia to Test 'Doomsday Drone' in High Arctic"

April 29, 2020

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "Despite the positive outlook of Russia's national leadership on the benefits of a growing Sino-Russian alignment, the military establishment will always see the Chinese military as a potential adversary and plan accordingly."

Russian Military Reform: "An Emerging Strategic Partnership: Trends in Russia-China Military Cooperation"

April 22, 2020

Dmitry Gorenburg writes, "The small number of people represented in the elite suggests a high level of elite continuity, which has allowed the regime to remain remarkably stable over a twenty-year period."

Russian Military Reform: "The Political Elite Under Putin"

February 23, 2020

Dmitry Gorenburg says, "It's an authoritarian regime [Russia] with a reasonably high amount of legitimacy within the population, which is what allows them to keep repression relatively targeted and relatively low."

Midrats: "Episode 529: Russia's 2020, With Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg" [38:46]

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"