Mitchell A. Orenstein
Professor and Chair. Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Mitchell A. Orenstein is Professor and Chair of Russian and East European Studies at University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, PA. He is the author most recently of The Lands in Between: Russia vs. The West and the New Politics of Hybrid War (Oxford University Press, 2019), a study of how intensifying geopolitical conflict has shaped politics in the lands in between Russia and the West. It documents the “civilizational choice” faced by these countries, the resulting sharp polarization of politics, and the paradoxical rise of power brokers who gain wealth and influence by balancing between both sides.