This blog will call on a wide range of Russia specialists for interviews, panels, articles on specific issues. Their names will be added as they begin contributing.
Patrick Armstrong received a PhD from Kings College, University of London, England in 1976 and retired in 2008 after 30 years as an analyst for the Canadian government, specializing in first the USSR and then Russia. He was a Political Counselor in the Canadian Embassy in Moscow from 1993 to 1996. He has been a frequent speaker at the Wilton Park conferences in the UK.
William Dunkerley is a media business analyst and consultant based in New Britain, CT. He works extensively with media organizations in Russia and other post-communist countries, and has advised government leaders on strategies for building press freedom and a healthy media sector.
Paul Goode is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches Russian Politics and Russian Foreign Policy. He has published articles in Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, the Russian Analytical Digest, and is currently finishing a book manuscript on the demise of regionalism in Putin's Russia.
Dr. Martin Hellman is a professor at Stanford University, best known for his invention of public key cryptography -- the technology that protects credit cards. Professor Hellman has been involved with the US-USSR/Russia situation since the 1980s. He is a chief proponent for addressing the remaining nuclear issues in our midst. He runs a blog, Defusing the Nuclear Threat.
Michael Hockney is a distinguished photographer based in Canada. His portfolio spans three decades and has included over 50 exhibitions and several international productions for both governments and corporations (www.michaelhockney.ca/about.htm). The photographer specializes in cultural essays and subjects that encourage better global understanding and perspective in a World that is often misrepresented with biased imagery. Michael is the founder of The Colours Group of Canada, an organization dedicated to these goals (www.thecoloursgroup.com). The photographer's principle focus is now to confront the unrepresentative images of modern Russia in what he sees as the single most important objective for a modern documentary maker. "Colours of Russia" is the photographer's flagship to present modern Russia to a World audience and was recently recognized by Itar-Tass for its authenticity and artistic balance.
Nicolai N. Petro is professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island. In addition to his academic publications, he writes an occasional blog devoted to news about Russia at OpEdNews.com. His professional web site is www.npetro.net
Andrei Tsygankov is Professor at the departments of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University. He teaches Russian/post-Soviet, comparative, and international politics. Tsygankov published widely in Western and Russian academia. In the West, he co-edited New Directions in Russian International Studies (2004), and he published Pathways after Empire (2001), Whose World Order? (2004), Russia’s Foreign Policy (2006), and Russophobia (forthcoming), as well as many journal articles. In Russia, his best known books are Russian Science of International Relations (2005, co-edited with Pavel Tsygankov, also published in Germany and China) and Sociology of International Relations (2006, co-authored with Pavel Tsygankov, also published in China).
Chris Weafer is senior partner with Macro Advisory, a Moscow based consultancy providing bespoke research services to macro hedge funds, venture capital investors and foreign companies looking at investment opportunities in Russia and Central Asia. Chris has worked in Russia for more than fifteen years. Most recently he was voted the best Russia investment strategist for 2013 by investors in separate polls carried out by Thomson Reuters Extel and Institutional Investor magazine. He has regularly placed in the top three of these respective polls over the past ten years. Before leaving to co-found Macro Advisory, Chris held the position of Chief Strategist at Sberbank-CIB, Russia's largest bank and one of the biggest banks in Europe. Prior to that he served for four years as Chief Strategist with Uralsib Financial Corporation and for five years with Alfa Bank, two of Russia's largest privately owned financial groups. His first role in Russia was as Head of Research with Troika Dialog, a privately owned investment bank, from June 1998. He held that position for over four years. Prior to coming to Russia Chris worked as Head of Research for NatWest Markets in Bangkok, Thailand, during the Asian financial crisis of 1997/'98. Before that he was Senior Investment Manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, based in Abu Dhabi City. Chris started his investment career with the Irish Life Assurance Company in Dublin, Ireland, and has accumulated over thirty three years of experience in emerging markets. Chris is the author of many published articles covering Russia, Central Asia and the trend in macro oil. He is also widely quoted in the financial press on these and related subjects. Chris is a native of Ireland.