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Michael Carpenter

Michael Carpenter is Senior Director at the Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia.

Russia Is Co-opting Angry Young Men

Fight clubs, neo-Nazi soccer hooligans, and motorcycle gangs serve as conduits for the Kremlin’s influence operations in Western countries.


How the US Can Help Ukraine Help — and Defend — Itself

When Secretary Mattis arrives for his upcoming visit, he should bring promises of arms for the military and support for anti-corruption forces and the country’s defense industry.


Trump’s Ceasefire May Hand Russia the Keys to Southwestern Syria

The US must quickly send monitors to the ‘safe zones’ — or cede yet more regional influence to Moscow and Tehran.


The US Should Steer Clear of Russian ‘Help’ in Syria

Until Moscow decides that working to reduce radicalization is more important than propping up Assad, the anti-ISIS coalition doesn’t need its help.