Michael Kofman


Senior Research Scientist at Center for Naval Analyses; Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington

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. At NDU he oversaw military-to-military programs for senior officers from the US and other countries and authored analyses on issues in U.S.-Russia relations. He has published articles on security issues in Eurasia, focusing on Russia and Ukraine, along with numerous analyses for the US government. Michael 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.



Valdai Paper #86: Great Power Competition in 21st Century
With the end of transition period, great power competition comes back to shape the international system. China and Russia have posed a challenge to the US hegemony. What is behind this challenge?

Michael Kofman
Russia's Problems in Syria
Palmyra highlights the enduring problems Russia has faced in working with Syria and Iran. Their operational objectives have differed, and Russian forces have been frustrated by the poor performance of

Michael Kofman


Michael Kofman: Only the US Can Push China and Russia Into an Alliance
Michael Kofman, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Naval Analyses and Fellow at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, talks about how the United States'