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The Dying Bear Reborn? Autocracy, Energy, and Population Growth in Russia


COL (Ret.) Michael Simone
Colonel (Ret.) Michael R. Simone served thirty years on active duty as an artilleryman and Soviet/Russian foreign area specialist, including over a decade of diplomatic assignments and arms control inspection operations in Central Europe, Russia, and other former Soviet Union countries. Colonel Simone served in Embassy Moscow as Assistant Army Attache 1993-1995, and again as Army Attache 1998-2000. Mike was the Chief of On-Site Inspection Operations for DTRA in Germany from 2000 to 2003. Since his retirement from the Army in October 2005, Mike has worked for McNeil Technologies (later acquired by AECOM) and Global Linguist Solutions as Vice President for Language Services, which included a year each in Iraq and Afghanistan supervising linguists and cultural advisors supporting U.S. and NATO forces.
Mike graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1975 and served in Field Artillery units in Alaska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Korea.  He received a Master of International Relations from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1984; the M.Phil in Political Science in 1988; and the Certificate from Columbia’s W. Averell Harriman Institute for the Advanced Study of the Soviet Union in 1989. He taught International Relations and courses in Soviet Government, Politics, and Security Policy in the Department of Social Sciences from 1985 to 1988.


Mr. Mark Adomanis
Mark Adomanis writes for Forbes as well as numerous other outlets including Quartz, The National Interest, Salon, Slon.Ru, and Russia Magazine. His Russia analysis has been cited by high profile academics, politicians, and journalists, and he was an attendee at the most recent Valdai forum. He also works as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton advising civilian Federal agencies.
Before moving to Washington, in 2009Mark completed a M.Phil in Russian and East European studies at the University of Oxford. His thesis, which was drove his interest in Russian demography, was on healthcare reform from the mid 1980’s through Putin’s first two terms in office.
Before Oxford Mark completed his bachelor’s in government at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 2007.
In college mark was a national champion coxswain for the men’s rowing team, and was also a columnist for the undergraduate newspaper The Crimson.
Mark currently resides in Arlington and has lived in the Washington DC area since 2010.