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About the Site’s Author – Gordon M. Hahn, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Akribis Group, San Jose, California, www.cetisresearch.org; an expert analyst at Corr Analytics, www.canalyt.com; a member of the Executive Advisory Board at the American Institute of Geostrategy (AIGEO) (Los Angeles), www.aigeo.org; and an analyst at Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation (Chicago), www.geostrategicforecasting.com. 

He is the author of the forthcoming book from McFarland Publishers Ukraine Over the Edge: Russia, the West, and the Making of the Ukrainian Crisis and ‘New Cold War. Previously Dr. Hahn has authored three well-received books: The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (McFarland Publishers, 2014), Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007), and Russia’s Revolution From Above: Reform, Transition and Revolution in the Fall of the Soviet Communist Regime, 1985-2000 (Transaction Publishers, 2002).

In addition, Dr. Hahn has published numerous think tank reports, academic articles, analyses, and commentaries in both English and Russian language media. He has taught at Boston, American, Stanford, San Jose State, and San Francisco State Universities and as a Fulbright Scholar at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia and has been a senior associate and visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Kennan Institute in Washington DC, and the Hoover Institution.

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About the Site – The purpose of this site is to provide original research and insight into Russian and Eurasian politics and security issues as well as to function as a counterbalance to bias in the reporting and analysis on Russia produced in the Western, especially the American, mass media, academic and think tank communities. These institutions are in a state of decay and overall do not provide the American public or US government policymakers an accurate picture of today’s Russia, politics in Eurasia, and the jihadist and increasingly global nature of Russia’s Caucasus Emirate and other mujahedin. The inaccuracy, in my view, is a result of what is not covered more than is what is covered. My work seeks to highlight what is not covered by these failing institutions, which tend to marginalize and ostracize overly objective analysts. I know this from personal experience. 

CONTACT INFORMATION: (650) 272-8975; gordon-hahn@sbcglobal.net

 CURRICULUM VITA

PRESENT POSITIONS

Analyst and Advisory Board Member, Geostrategic Forecasting Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, http://www.geostrategicforecasting.com, September 2013 – present. Responsibilities: Research and publication on Russian and Eurasian Politics. 

Member, Executive Advisory Board, American Institute of Geostrategy (AIGEO), 454 Torito Lane, Los Angeles, California, http://www.aigeo.org.

 Senior ResearcherCenter for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Division of Akribis Group, 25 Metro Drive, Suite 500, San Jose, California 95110, http://www.cetisresearch.org), February 2006 – present. Responsibilities: Research on Islamism and terrorism in Russia and Eurasia and international jihadi terrorism.

WEBSITE: Russian and Eurasian Politics, Islamism, and Jihadism, http://www.gordonhahn.com, covering Russian domestic and foreign policy and Eurasian and international politics.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS: EMPLOYMENT AND FELLOWSHIP APPOINTMENTS

  • Contributing Expert for Russia Direct (russia-direct.org), 2012-2017.
  • Analyst and Consultant – Russia Media Watch, Russia – Other Points of View, http://www.russiaotherpointsofview.com, a project associated with the Center for Civic Initiatives, San Mateo, California, http://www.ccisf.org. March 2008 – 2015. Responsibilities: Analysis of, and consulting on Russian politics; Writing reviews of media and academic coverage of Russian politics.
  • MIDDLEBURY INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT MONTEREY, Senior Researcher/Adjunct Professor, Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program, Graduate School of International Policy Studies, Monterey, California. July 2007 – December 2014. Responsibilities: Researching and teaching terrorism, Islamism, jihadism, and domestic and foreign policy in Russia and Eurasia.
  • CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Russian and Eurasia Program, Washington, D.C. September 2011 – November 2013. Responsibilities: write the Islam, Islamism and Politics in Eurasia Report (IIPER), http://csis.org/programs/russia-and-eurasia-program/islam-islamism-and-politics-eurasia-report).
  • SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Courses – ‘Russian Government and Politics’ and ‘Introduction to Comparative Politics,’ January-June 2007.
  • DEMOKRATIZATSIYA: Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Editor of Special Edition ‘Twentieth Anniversary of Perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev’s Rise to Power” (Demokratizatsiya, 13, 2, Spring 2005), October 2004 – 2005.
  • ST. PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY (St. Petersburg, Russia), School of International Relations, Visiting Professor under a U.S. State Department William J. Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholarship, September 2003 – August 2004. Courses: ‘Regime Transformations: Revolution, Transition, and Democratization in Comparative Perspective’ and ‘Multi-National States, Self-Determination, and Federalism in Comparative Perspective.’
  • HOOVER INSTITUTION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Visiting Scholar, Research – Russian Federalism, Interethnic Relations, Democracy and Russia’s Regions, 31 August 2000 – 31 December 2003.
  • SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, Political Science Department, Adjunct Professor, Introduction to International Relations, August 2002 – August 2003.
  • THE RUSSIA JOURNAL, Political Analyst (weekly analysis on Russian and international politics in weekly newspaper published in Russia and the United States), January-November 2002.
  • STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Political Science Department, Lecturer, “Russian Foreign Policy,” (Graduate and Undergraduate Seminar Course PS122D and PS222D), Winter Quarter 2001.
  • HOOVER INSTITUTION ON WAR, REVOLUTION, AND PEACE, Stanford University, Coordinator of Special Russian Research Projects, June 1997 – September 2000. Projects: Hoover Institution-Stanford University-Gorbachev Foundation Oral History Project ‘Ending the Cold War’; Hoover Institution-International Democracy (Yakovlev) Foundation Joint Publishing Project on Soviet History; and The Hoover Institution-State Archive of the Russian Federation Joint Microfilm and Publishing Project.
  • THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C., School of International Service, Visiting Assistant Professor, Comparative and Regional Studies Program, January-May 1995. Courses: Russian and Central Eurasian Politics, Graduate Seminar in Russia and Central Eurasia in Comparative Perspective, Graduate Seminar in Soviet and Russian Policy-Making.
  • BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Political Science Department, Lecturer (1991-1994) and International Relations Department (1991-1993), Summer Semesters.  Courses: Soviet (Russian) Government (PO 363), Soviet/Post-Soviet Russian Foreign Policy (IR 375).
  • BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology, and Policy, Graduate Research Fellow (August 1989 – July 1993). Research Areas: Communist Party; Soviet/CIS/Russian Civil-Military Relations; Post-Soviet Russia’s Politics, Parties, Movements, and Parliamentary Factions.
  • BOSTON UNIVERSITY, International Relations Department, Teaching Fellow. Introductory Course on International Relations (IR 271), September – May 1989.
  • WILLIAM ROBINSON AND ASSOCIATES, International Relations Consultant – Senatorial Election Campaign, Boston, MA, May-August 1988.

GRANTS, HONORS AND AWARDS

  • International Research and Exchange (IREX) U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Grant, 2012 competition, Research on North Caucasus at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, summer 2013. Grant cancelled following Russia’s termination of cooperation with USAID in October, 2012.
  • George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Short-Term Fellowship, September 2010 competition, Visiting Scholar, Project: “The US State Department’s List and the ‘Caucasus Emirate,” July-August 2011.
  • US National Counter-Terrorism Center, Grant of $200,000 funding the Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction Database, 2009-2012, $200,000 of continued funding from previous grant.
  • The Century Foundation Fellowship as Consultant/Contributing Author for the Gary Hart – Jack Matlock Working Group on U.S.-Russia Relations, September 2008 – February 2009. Responsibilities: Writing a policy paper on U.S.-Russian Relations and the War Against Jihadism as part of a set of policy recommendations for U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • ACRL and ALA Choice Outstanding Academic Title: Gordon M. Hahn, Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007) was named an ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ for 2007 by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the American Library Association (ALA) in their CHOICE Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.
  • Open Society Institute (George Soros Foundation), Academic Fellowship, 2005 competition to serve as Non-Resident Academic Fellow, Smolny College, St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Program on International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Human Rights, September 2005 – June 2006. Responsibilities: Program and Curriculum Development and Lectures on Russian Politics.
  • George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Short-Term Fellowship, September 2004 competition, Visiting Scholar, January-February 2005.
  • Fulbright Research and Teaching Scholarship, Title VIII from the U.S. Department of State, for Lecturing and Research at the Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2004 competition.
  • American Council of Teachers of Russian Research Scholar Program, Title VIII Grant from the U.S. Information Agency, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Regional Scholar Exchange, Academic Year 1996-1997 Competition, Archival Research in Moscow, 1996 competition.
  • Stanford University, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Title VIII Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State, 1995 competition.
  • George F. Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Short-Term Fellowship, 1994 competition, Visiting Scholar, April-May 1994.
  • International Research and Exchanges Board, Short-Term Travel Grant, 1 February 1995 competition (declined).

EDUCATION

  • BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD), Department of Political Science, May 1995. Dissertation – “Gorbachev Versus the CPSU CC Apparat: The Bureaucratic Politics of Reforming the Party Apparat, 1987- 1991”; Comprehensive Exams: The Soviet Nationalities Problem, Civil-Military Relations – Theory and Soviet Practice, Eastern/Central European Politics and Political Culture; Language: Russian.
  • BOSTON COLLEGE, Masters of Arts in Political Science, 1988. Thesis, passed ‘with distinction’ –”Gorbachev: Building Power in an Era of Change, 1985-1987.”
  • BOSTON COLLEGE, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1986. GPA: 3.431, Cum Laude.

CORE RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Islam, Islamism, Jihadism, and Terrorism in Russia and Eurasia
  • Russian and Eurasian Domestic Politics
  • Russia and Eurasia in International Politics
  • Federalism, Self-Determination and Inter-communal (Inter-ethnic, Inter-confessional, and Federal-Regional) Politics
  • Comparative Theory of Regime Transformation: Revolutions and Transitions

TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND COURSE SYLLABI

  • Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Russia
  • Islam, Islamism, and Politics in Central Asia
  • Political Violence and Terrorism in Eurasia
  • Jihadist Terrorism in the North Caucasus (Russian language course)
  • Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy
  • Regime Transformations in Comparative Perspective
  • Revolution in Comparative Perspective
  • Federalism, Self-Determination and Inter-Communal Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Ukraine, Russia and the West
  • Issues in Eurasian Security
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Russian Government and Politics
  • The Russian Experience: Politics, Art, and Literature

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  1. Re Everyday Neo-Fascism in Ukraine. There are so many more obvious and significant signs of Neo-Fascism taking hold of Russia which somehow you miss in your analysis. And that not to mention widespread instances of abduction and imprisonment and much more especially whipped up national hysteria.. Have you ever described the Putin regime as Neo-Fascist?

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  2. I did not describe the Maidan regime as fascist, and Russia’s regime is not fascist. Everyone writes about ‘Russian fascism’ which is exaggerated, but no one in the West is writing about the Ukrainian neo-fascist who are armed and dangerous to the Maidan regime, Russia, and Europe. Last time I checked, fascist regimes do not allow opposition demonstrations, do not allow opposition parties, do not allow independent media. Fascist regimes tend to be expansionist externally. Russia has only reacted to threats to its periphery emanating from NATO, Georgia, and Ukraine.

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