Russian and Eurasian Studies

Gordon M. Hahn

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  by Gordon M. Hahn Five or six years ago, when I was still working most intensively on issues related to jihadism in Russia and globally, I warned of the Caucasus Emirate-tied network running from Russia’s North Caucasus to ISIS in Syria and Iraq through Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia (with Tbilisi’s connivance) [see and […]

by Gordon M. Hahn The answer is not really, but kind of. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnyi has certain political-behavioral traits that remind one of Vladimir Lenin. Strategically, he seems to prefer a revolution, even a violent one, to peaceful transition. Temperamentally, he is extremely divisive even among those parties that should be his political […]

by Gordon M. Hahn From former spooks to libertarian-conservative talk show hosts to leftists and liberals various theories have been put forward as to why and how Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to ‘destroy Americans’ confidence in democracy’ and ‘sow chaos across American and the world.’ In short, Putin ultimately seeks to destroy faith in […]

by Gordon M. Hahn The following is the first installment in what may become a regular series of re-publications of review articles — occasionally revised and amended — that I wrote from 2007 to 2010 for ‘Russia – Other Points of View‘ ( They, like the site, are no longer available on the Internet. The […]

Par Gordon M. Hahn – Le 26 janvier 2019 L’isolement de la Russie de l’après-guerre froide s’est fait par vagues successives. Chaque fois que l’Occident a tenté d’augmenter son emprise, non seulement pour maintenir son hégémonie mondiale mais aussi pour l’étendre, une nouvelle vague d’aliénation de la Russie s’en est suivie. Ce qui sera probablement […]

Gordon M. Hahn The following is an article I wrote for Johnson’s Russia List in November 2001, early in the Putin era. Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2001 From: “Gordon M. Hahn” <> Subject: Gordon Hahn on Russian Foreign Policy Change Dear David: Here are my own observations on the question: WILL THERE BE A ‘REVOLUTION’ […]

by Gordon M. Hahn Russia’s overhyped, calibrated and and largely clandestine intervention or ‘ambiguous’ and ‘hybrid warfare’ in Donbass is not Russia’s first experience with hybrid warfare. Nor is ‘Russia’s hybrid war’ in Donbass the first time that Ukraine has seen hybrid warfare. Firsts for both of these came neither in Donbass in the 21st […]

Gordon M. Hahn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent approach to the semi-crisis in Yekaterinburg was ‘Putin the balancer’ in action. Although I had written several pieces recently asking whether Putin might be losing his touch in, or perhaps even his desire to continue balancing Russia’s sundry political forces opposed, partially opposed, sometimes opposed, etc. to […]

ANNOUNCEMENT OF GORDON HAHN’S MOST RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCE Can Zelensky Heal the Deep Divisions in Ukraine Left Behind by Poroshenko? I was please to give an interview to the World Politics Review on the implications of the election of Volodomyr Zelenskii as president of Ukraine and the first signals between him and Russian President Vladimir […]