Jeff Hawn is a Non-resident fellow at Newlines and a doctoral candidate at London School of Economics Department of International History. Jeff’s research focuses on the aftermath of the Cold War and the emergence of modern Russia. Before undertaking his doctoral studies Jeff previously worked as a private sector tactical intelligence analyst and has written extensively on Russia’s domestic politics and foreign policy. In addition to his work with Newlines Jeff has been published by Foreign Policy, and Riddle Russia. He holds a Bachelors’s and Masters’s from American University School of International Service and a certificate of Russian Area Studies from St Petersburg State University. Jeff tweets @jeff_hawn
Russia’s historical mythmaking around Ukraine, NATO, and the Great Patriotic War are key to understanding its invasion.
In this episode of the Newlines Institute’s Contours podcast series, geopolitical analysts and Russia experts Jeff Hawn and Sim Tack join the Newlines Institute’s Caroline Rose and Nicholas Heras to break down the future of Russia after the country’s September 2021 parliamentary elections.
Recent constitutional reforms in Russia have been widely portrayed as a consolidation of President Vladimir Putin’s personal power, but an analysis of the measures shows a country preparing for an eventual end to Putin’s rule — as well as looming economic, demographic, and sociopolitical crises.
This Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy podcast reviews the unfolding military escalation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, as Russian forces