- Thomas Barfield, July 2014. We sat down with Dr. Thomas Barfield, currently a Professor in Boston University’s Department of Anthropology, with research primarily focused on political development in Afghanistan. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is Afghanistan: A Political and Cultural History. Currently President of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies, Dr. Barfield has conducted extensive fieldwork in Afghanistan and throughout Central Asia.
- Jos Boonstra, August 2014. In mid-August we had a chance to speak with Jos Boonstra, a Senior Researcher at leading European think tank FRIDE, where he specializes in Eurasian and transatlantic security issues, as well as Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He is the director of the Europe-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) program, and has published dozens of policy papers on Central Asia and the Former Soviet Union.
- Thomas Simons, September 2014. In early September we had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Thomas Simons, a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, as well as a former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and former Ambassador to Poland and Pakistan. Dr. Simons has published extensively on Eurasia and the former Soviet Union, and is the author of four books, the most recent of which is titled Eurasia’s New Frontiers: Young States, Old Societies, Open Futures (Cornell University Press, 2008).
- Graeme Robertson, October 2014. In late October we were able to speak with Dr. Graeme Robertson, associate professor of political science at UNC-Chapel Hill. His work focuses on political protest in Russian politics, and is the author of The Politics of Protest in Hybrid Regimes: Managing Dissent in Post-Communist Russia. He is currently working on projects looking at labor and protest in the developing world, specifically focusing on the former Soviet Union and CIS bloc countries.