Bio

Mr. Michael Kofman is a Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and a Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C.  His research focuses on security issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, specializing in defense and military analysis.  Previously he served at National Defense University as a Program Manager and subject matter expert, advising senior military and government officials on issues in Russia/Eurasia and Pakistan.  He has represented the Department of Defense in track one and track two efforts, through military engagement programs and strategic exchanges with Russian officials, the Chinese and Pakistani military, along with trilateral dialogues.  At NDU he oversaw military-to-military engagements, training programs, and interoperability exercises for senior officers from the US and other countries.

His previous experience includes working as a researcher at the U.S. Institute of Peace, HSBC Bank, and on international science and technology cooperation programs at NASA.  He has published articles on security issues in Eurasia, focusing on Russia and Ukraine, along with numerous analyses for the US government.  He has also appeared in major television, online, and print media as a commentator and subject matter expert.  Mr. Kofman holds a M.A. in International Security from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Major Publications

Kofman, Michael and Polmar, Norman. (2016) Toward Smaller Ships and Professional Sailors. Proceedings Magazine, Vol 142/11/1.365, pp.66-67

Kofman, Michael. (2016) US and Russia in Syria's War: Cooperation and Competition, in Artis Pabriks, The War in Syria Lessons for the West (pp.65-86) University of Latvia Press, Riga.

Kofman, Michael, "The Russian Navy's Great Mediterranean Show of Force," The National Interest, October 21, 2016.

Kofman, Michael, "The Misadventures of Russia and the United States in Syria: Complete Strategy Implosion Edition," War on the Rocks. October 11, 2016.

Kofman, Michael, "Putin's Military is Playing the Long Game in Ukraine," Foreign Policy. August 31, 2016.

Kofman, Michael. "The Crimean Crisis and Russia's Military Posture in the Black Sea," War on the Rocks. August 19, 2016.

Kofman, Michael, "NATO Deterrence and the Russian Specter in the Baltics," The Russia File. Wilson Center. August 9, 2016.

Kofman, Michael. "Как надо сдерживать Россию," Lenta.ru August 8, 2016.

Kofman, Michael. "Ложные реальные угрозы," Vedomosti  July 15, 2016.

Kofman, Michael, "The Russian Dream: Power Without Substance,"  Book Review  Roundtable. Asia Policy, Number 22, 223-48.

Kofman, Michael. The Expensive Pretzel Logic of Deterring Russia by Denial. War on the Rocks. June 23, 2016.

Kofman, Michael. The Russian Military: A Force in Transition.  Report for the Center on Global Interests. June 2016.

Kofman, Michael. Fixing NATO Deterrence In the East or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love NATO's Crushing Defeat by Russia.  War on the Rocks. May 12, 2016

Kofman, Michael and Andrey Sushentsov. What Makes Great Power War Possible. Valdai Discussion Club Report. April 2016.

Kofman, Michael. Russia's submarine program: How big a threat? CNN Opinion. April 25, 2016.

Kofman, Michael. Гибридная война, которой нет. Vedomosti. April 20, 2016.

Dmitry Gorenburg and Kofman, Michael. There is no Russian withdrawal from Syria. War on the Rocks. March, 18, 2016.

Kofman, Michael. How to Lose a Proxy War with Russia. The National Interest. March 6, 2016.

Kofman, Michael. The Russian Quagmire in Syria and Other Washington Fairy Tales. War on the Rocks. February 16, 2016.

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