Kimberly Marten

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Kimberly Marten is a professor and the chair of the political science department at Barnard College, and directs the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. She is the author of "Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States" (Cornell, 2012).

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Foreign Policy Essay

Semi-state Security Actors and Russian Aggression

Editor’s Note: Russia is the most aggressive actor challenging the United States today, but the nature of that aggression differs from the past threat Moscow posed and, indeed, from the dangers posed by other U.S. adversaries. Barnard’s Kimberly Marten describes the range of actors Russia uses to advance its interests and the often-tenuous relationship they have with the Russian state.