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Hannah Thoburn

Research Fellow

Hannah Thoburn is a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, where she focuses on Russia, Ukraine, Eastern European politics, and the transatlantic relationship. She currently writes the “Eurasia Uncovered” blog at World Affairs Journal and is a Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Before joining Hudson, she worked at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe, and the Foreign Policy Initiative. She also served as a Teaching Fellow at Yale University and spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Ukraine.

Ms. Thoburn holds an M.A. in International Relations and a Certificate in International Security Studies from Yale University, where she was a Paul D. Coverdale Fellow, and a B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University. A native of Louisiana, she speaks Russian, Ukrainian, and Spanish.

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In the Media

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Events

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Russian Interference: Past, Present, and Future July 6th Event

Weaponizing Kleptocracy: Putin’s Hybrid Warfare June 14th Event

The Kleptocracy Curse October 20th event

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Media Coverage

Hannah Thoburn quoted by the National Endowment for Democracy on corruption and Russian foreign policy

Hannah Thoburn quoted by The Washington Post on the controversy in Russia surrounding the upcoming film “Matilda”

Hannah Thoburn quoted by Foreign Policy and Breitbart News on Russia and North Korea

Hannah Thoburn quoted by Star Tribune on Russian election meddling using social media

Hannah Thoburn quoted by VOA Ukrainian on Ukrainian Security Services’ targeting of an independent journalistic outlet

Hannah Thoburn quoted by Inside Sources on Russian exports of LNG

Hannah Thoburn quoted by Hromadske on General Mattis’ upcoming visit to Ukraine

Hannah Thoburn quoted by Foreign Policy on Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili

Hannah Thoburn quoted by The Japan Times on Russsia’s nuclear power contracts

Hannah Thoburn quoted by Foreign Policy on former Ukrainian President Yanukovych

Hannah Thoburn quoted by DW on President Trump’s Poland speech

Hannah Thoburn quoted by VOA on the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting

Hannah Thoburn quoted by The Cipher Brief on ongoing Russian efforts to destabilize Ukraine

Hannah Thoburn quoted in The Cipher Brief on unfulfilled DOD positions related to Ukraine

Hannah Thoburn quoted in VOA Ukraine on the Trump-Poroshenko meeting

Hannah Thoburn quoted in O Estado de S. Paulo on Russia-Cuba relations

Hannah Thoburn quoted by KCRG on US leverage on the UN

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Fox News on Russia’s expectations for French elections

Hannah Thoburn and David Satter interviewed on NPR on U.S.-Russian Relations

Hannah Thoburn quoted in LA Times on Russia’s interference in foreign elections

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Foreign Policy on corruption in Ukraine

Hannah Thoburn quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on Russian influence in Latin America

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Fox News on Russia’s goal to reassert itself as a major global power

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Известия on the unlikely possibility of Trump being impeached

Hannah Thoburn’s World Affairs Journal article on the US’s favorability in Russia mentioned in Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet

Hannah Thoburn interviewed in Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the future of Moscow-Washington relations under President Trump

Hannah Thoburn quoted in VOA Turkey on Turkish-Russian Relations

Hannah Thoburn quoted in The Globe and Mail on the possibility of Russian hackers targeting Canada

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Financial Times, Rzeczpolitica, and UPI on fake news from Russia appearing in German media

Hannah Thoburn quoted in PBS NewsHour on quality of life in Russia under Putin

Hannah Thoburn quoted in The Cipher Brief on the new McCain/Graham bill that would put sanctions against Russia into law

Hannah Thoburn quoted in USA Today on how Russia’s hacking influences the West

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Le Figaro on President Obama’s new sanctions on Russia and the potential Russian response

Hannah Thoburn quoted in E&E News on the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey

Hannah Thoburn and Ben Haddad’s The Hill article on how President Obama should retaliate against Russia quoted in International Business Times and New York Post

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Politico EU on the growing reach of Rosatom, the Kremlin-owned power conglomerate

Hannah Thoburn quoted in The New Atlantacist and Newsweek on ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson being nominated for secretary of state

Hannah Thoburn interviewed by France Culture regarding the CIA’s report on Russian involvement in the US elections (begins at 5:20)

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Cipher Brief on the Kremlin’s next moves and the future of global leadership

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Handelsblatt Global on U.S.-Russia relations if Trump wins the U.S. presidency

Hannah Thoburn interviewed in Postimees on the upcoming US election and the candidates’ views on the Baltics and Eastern Europe

Hannah Thoburn quoted in National Review on the possibility of Russian attempts to undermine Western support for Ukraine

Hannah Thoburn quoted in Star Tribune on Russian hacking & the 2016 election

Hannah Thoburn quoted in The Cipher Brief on Russian hacking

Hannah Thoburn quoted in World Politics Review on Poland’s constitutional issues

Hannah Thoburn answers the question “What would Trump as the U.S. President Mean for Russia?” in the Polish Institute of International Affairs

Hannah Thoburn interviewed in Postimees (Estonian) on the current state of the Republican Party

Hannah Thoburn quoted in The Cipher Brief on the Russian jets buzzing a U.S. Destroyer ship