Jeff Hawn holds bachelor's and master's degrees in international relations from American University and a certificate in Russian studies from St. Petersburg State University in Russia. He previously lived and worked in Washington DC first as a Policy Correspondent for RCR Wireless and later as a global intelligence analyst for the private intelligence company Stratfor. Jeff also serves as a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate-level classes at American University on the topics of U.S.-Russian relations, terrorism, and open-source intelligence. Jeff has written and published numerous articles on a wide range of topics.
Provisional thesis title
Understanding Black October: How the Russian Constitutional Crisis and the period leading up to it shaped modern Russia
The focus of my research is the Russian Constitutional Crisis of the Fall of 1993, and the events that led up to it. The Crisis was important is defining the nature and character of post-Soviet Russia and its relations with the West. The focus of my research is two-fold. Examining the internal power struggle within Russia, but also how the struggle impacted and was shaped by Russia's relations with the West primarily the United States its former Cold War antagonist. I see this research as a crucial starting point in establishing a firm foundation for the broader scope of study that I am interested in — namely understanding why Russia was not integrated into the Trans-Atlantic system after the Cold War, and what factors brought about the dynamics of the post-Cold War world order we are now contending with.