About the Author

Journalist and author of Russians and The Great Gamble, former NPR Moscow correspondent.

Book chat with Suzy Hansen about “Notes on a Foreign Country”

“You cannot grow up in the second half of the 20th century in the United States of America and live abroad in the 21st century and not feel it all the time,” writes former ICWA fellow Suzy Hansen in her new book Notes on a Foreign Country. Out this month from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, the book is a tour-de-force combination of reportage, history and personal narrative.

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ICWA member Dick Dudman dies

ICWA member Richard Dudman, a legendary reporter who covered some of the biggest stories of his day, died on August 3 at the age of 99. During a career that spanned more than three quarters of a century—much of it with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch—Dick witnessed wars, revolutions and many other seminal events, including Fidel Castro’s toppling

Putin’s Meddling in the U.S. Elections: How It Helps Him Back Home

Concerned about Russian meddling in the US Presidential election?  In Foreign Affairs, past Fellow Gregory Feifer analyzes Putin’s motivations, both in election meddling and in recent Russian cyber attacks. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2016-09-20/putins-meddling-us-elections *Access to the full article requires a subscription

Putin’s Patriotism Playbook

Foreign Affairs – In his latest piece on Russian politics, author and past ICWA Fellow Gregory Feifer examines Vladimir Putin’s push for nationalism and Russia’s search for a unifying identity.  Understanding this concept is essential to the West because, as Feifer explains, “assessing the Kremlin’s potential for cooperation

Putin’s Game of Chicken And How the West Can Win

Foreign Affairs- In his newest article, Gregory Feifer writes about the aftermath of the downing of the Russian aircraft on November 24,2015 and about Vladimir Putin’s next move. Feifer writes, “His moves toward rapprochement, no less than his hostility, are aimed not at building a genuine anti-terror coalition but at challenging the West

When It Comes to Vladimir Putin and Islamic State, Trust but Verify

Reuters – In his latest article, Gregory Feifer discusses the possibility of persuading Vladimir Putin to cooperate in Syria, motivated by the common goal of combating Islamic State.  Feifer writes, “Although Western governments are right to pursue any avenue that encourages genuine cooperation, they should be very, very wary of compounding

A $620,000 Watch Tells What Time it Is in Vladimir Putin’s Russia

Reuters – Gregory Feifer shares a fascinating look at Vladimir Putin’s public-relations tactics in his latest article.  Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov was recently reported to have been enjoying a lavish and expensive honeymoon on a yacht and to have worn a $620,000 watch at his wedding ceremony, spending several times the yearly

Putin’s Throwback State

Foreign Policy – Gregory Feifer’s latest article covers the undoing of Moscow’s shift West and asks “can Russia ever be normal?” Read “Putin’s Throwback State” here.

Gregory Feifer Newsletters

Fellowship Years: 2000-2002 Fellowship Topic: Politics and Culture Fellowship Area: Russia Russia’s New Millennium Reading Moscow’s Architectural Text Moscow’s New Bolshevism Irkutsk’s Cold Spring Samara’s Hope for Reform Advertising in Moscow Russian Media and Political Turf Wars Otherwise Engaged: Crime and Punishment in Moscow A Dose