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Voluntary Editors

Few things excite Robert Wren Gordon more than languages and travel. A native English speaker, Robert is fluent in French and Spanish, has advanced knowledge of Catalan, Portuguese and Russian, and knows Kyrgyz and Tajik at the elementary level. Robert has professional experience in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe and has worked in a variety of sectors, including consulting, financial services, higher education, journalism and law and government. Robert is a seasoned writer, editor and translator with a strong background in editing and translating academic and legal documents. He periodically contributes to the blog at and was formerly an associate editor and senior staff writer at the Columbia Daily Spectator. Robert currently works with boutique consulting firm Carfax Projects.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies and French language and literature from Columbia University in the City of New York and has undertaken Russian- and Tajik-language study at the University of Central Asia in Khorugh, Tajikistan. Robert is also an alumnus of the United States Department of State Student Internship Program, having served at the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon.

Dr Marat Iliyasov is a researcher at Vytautas Magnus University and a Research Associate at the University of St Andrews, where he obtained his PhD. His work is situated at the crossroad of several disciplines, among which are International Relations, Ethnography, and Political Demography. Dr Iliyasov is an author of several publications that analyse Chechen identity and demography in regards to the last Russo-Chechen wars. He also explores the possible vectors of post-war developments in Russia and Chechnya and Chechen policies of remembering and forgetting. He is a regular contributor to online journal Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso and holds a position of Associate Editor in the Journal of Ethnogeopolitics. His latest project focuses on the radicalization in Russia and the state’s methods fighting and preventing it.

Nick Pehlman received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2019.  His research focuses on law enforcement reform in Ukraine and other post-socialist countries.  He received the Boren NSEP Fellowship to study in Ukraine in 2016.  He was selected for the Fullbright Public Policy Fellowship in Ukraine for 2020.  He has previously worked at the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) in Ukraine working on reform of the National Police of Ukraine in 2016.  Nick has experience working in New York City government and consulting on law enforcement reform.  He lives in New York where he teaches at the City University of New York and at NYU School of Professional Studies. 

Dr. Victoria Clement is an Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  She also studied at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute in fall of 1991 and at Turkmenistan’s Azadi National World Language Institute in fall 2001. She was among the founding members of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.  She is currently wrapping up work on her book entitled Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language and Power, 1914-2006.

Marlene Elwell, native of California, is a faculty member at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. She teaches courses on socio-political philosophy, music and the political, and nationalism and history of Central Asia. In other activities, she works on “flash” philanthropy projects, serves on directorate boards, does community service, and travels globally. She currently chairs the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee #44 - the Military’s Role in Democratization.

Susanne Gentz specialises in the mediation of armed conflict and the facilitation of dialogue. Since 2006, she has been working for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, where she first led the Oslo forum series and now manages a political dialogue process and provides mediation support and analysis with a focus on wider Eurasia. Susanne has worked for the Council of Europe in Brussels and Tbilisi, the Transnational Crime and Corruption Centre in Tbilisi and the UN Office for Project Services in Geneva. In addition, she was involved with a Georgian Human Rights NGO and has occasionally contributed to news coverage of the South Caucasus, particularly Georgia. Susanne holds an MA in Peace and Conflict from Uppsala University as well as an LLB in Law and European Studies from the University of Surry.

Dr Shaun Long was awarded his doctorate by The University of Leeds in 2002, with his doctoral thesis focusing upon issues of identity and security connected to the Cossack revivalist movement in post-Soviet Kazakhstan. This followed on from an interest in Central Asian politics developed whilst studying an MA in the ‘Politics of International Resources of and Development’, also at Leeds. The themes that currently interest him most are the politics of national identity, the Russian diaspora, and Islamism. He currently works for The Open University (England) and is an occasional proofreader and editor for PIPSS.

Kevin Roberts is a qualified archivist currently employed by the Barrow Cadbury Trust in the United Kingdom. In addition to earning a postgraduate archives qualification through distance learning at Aberystwyth University he has also completed the Middle Eastern and Central Asian Security Studies masters course at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 2007. It was through this academic experience that Kevin came to make regular editing contributions to The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies. Kevin has a keen interest in military history and international politics.

Voluntary Translators

Lilia Viktorovna Antimonova is a translator with over twenty years of experience. She was born on February 11, 1970. In 1992, she graduated with honors from the Roman German Philology Department of the Kyrgyz National University.  Her specialty is the English language and literature.  She began her carrier as a translator/ interpreter at the Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic. Later, she worked for various technical assistance projects in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  In 1995, she won a prestigious Freedom Support Act Scholarship of the US Government to study Public Policy at the University of Southern Maine. In May 1997, she graduated from that University with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management. At present time, she is translator/ interpreter residing in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Hillary (Evans) Coover is an experienced grants management and international affairs professional who voluntarily provided Russian-English translation services to in the past. She has lived, worked, and studied in Russia, China, Tajikistan, and Pakistan and will continue to support

Dr. David R. Stone is Pickett Professor of Military History at Kansas State University. He received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1997 and has taught Russian and Soviet history at Kansas State since 1999. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Russian / Soviet military and diplomatic history, including a forthcoming book from the University Press of Kansas on Russia's experience in World War I.

Anthony Zannino studied History and Russian at Wesleyan University. He currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working as a freelance translator and copy-editor specializing in scholarly publications, and at the Cambridge Historical Commission as an archives assistant.

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