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Aram Shabanian

Open-Source Information Gathering (OSIG) Manager, Operations

Aram Shabanian is the Open-Source Information Gathering Manager at the New Lines Institute. He has a background in the post-World War II history of Europe, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also has a background in the modern history of West Asia, with an emphasis on Iraq. He has been an avid follower of international politics since he was a child, from his days in Model U.N. in high school to his eventual focus in undergrad and grad school. He focuses on utilizing a mixture of traditional research methods with modern-day, technology-assisted open-source intelligence.  

Aram is from Canby, Oregon. After high school, he attended Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon before transferring eventually to The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In late 2018 he was accepted to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, where he went on to earn a Master of Art in Non-Proliferation and Terrorism Studies, graduating in 2021. 

Latest Articles

The Russo-Ukrainian War: In Context

In this second episode of the Russia in Context podcast, host Jeff Hawn continues the conversation with Aram Shabanian; Kirill Shamiev, and Sim Tack, to discuss the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war, the leadup to hostilities, the performance of the Russian military thus far, and what may unfold next.


Russian Military History: In Context

In the pilot of episode of our new Russia in Context podcast series, host Jeff Hawn sits down with Aram Shabanian, Kurill Shamiev, and Sim Tack. These Russia experts discuss the evolution of Russian military capability, its contrasts with the West, and the successes and failures of the Russian military.

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