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Aleksandr Golts

Former George F. Kennan Fellow


    January 1, 2017 — April 13, 2017

    Professional affiliation

    Deputy Editor, EJ.RU; Visiting Researcher, IRES, Uppsala University

    Wilson Center Projects

    "The Consequences of the "State Militarism" Revival in Russia."

    Full Biography

    Alexander Golts was born in 1955. In 1978, he received an M.A. in journalism from the department of journalism at Moscow State Lomonosov University. From 1980 till 1996 he worked with the "Krasnaya zvezda" ("Red star") editorial board, the Soviet turned Russian military daily (Moscow). In 1996-2001 served as military editor of Itogi, a premier Russian news magazine(Moscow). Between 2001-2004, he worked for magazine "Yezhenedelnyi journal" ("Weekly") as deputy editor-in-chief (Moscow). Now he is deputy editor for its web-site EJ.RU. He also works as military analyst for the New Times magazine in Moscow.

    From 2002 to 2003 spent year term at Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) of Stanford University as visiting fellow. In 2018 he was visiting fellow at the Kennan Institute in Washington.

    In 2013 he was awarded Gerd Bucerius-Förderpreis Freie Presse Osteuropas prize.

    Major Publications

    Main Publications

    • “Russian Armed Forces: 11 lost years” Moscow, 2004, Zacharov.
    •  “Militarism: The Main Obstacle of Russia’s modernization" Moscow, 2005.
    • «Military Reform and Militarism in Russia”, DC, 2019, Jamestown Foundation.


    • "Russia: The New Security Parameters" 1995 (Moscow).
    • "The Russian Military: Power and Policy" 2004 MIT-press (USA).
    • “Building Sustainable and Effective Military Capabilities. A Systematic Comparison of Professional and Conscript Forces” IOS Press 2004.
    • “State Militarism and Its Legacies: Why Military Reform Has Failed in Russia (in co-authorship with Tonya L. Putnam), “International security” fall 2004 vol.29 NO2 pp121-150.
    • Conscription: a basic question of civil-military relations in Russia//The Russian Armed Forces in transition. Routledge. London and New York.2012 C 209-222.
    • The Armed Forces in 2020: modern or Soviet// Russia in 2020//Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 2011 pp 371-394.

    Russia's Hybrid Warfare - Waging War below the Radar of Traditional Collective Defense. NATO Defense College. Rome. November 2014.