Nabi Abdullaev has more than ten years experience writing about Russia?s internal politics, security, defense industry and foreign policy issues for a variety of expert and public interest publications in the United States, Russia and Europe. Mr. Abdullaev is also involved in the academic research related to Russia?s foreign policy vis-a-vis the United States, Iran and Middle East, Russia?s relations with the former Soviet republics, and the ongoing energy dialogue. Based in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Abdullaev is a leading staff writer at The Moscow Times. He is also the Russian correspondent for the Defense News, and a senior correspondent for the Swiss-based International Security Network?s analytical publication, Security Watch. In his works, Mr. Abdullaev assesses security threats and government responses, the Russian military industrial challenges and its ongoing reforms, and Russia?s arms trade as a foreign policy tool. Mr. Abdullaev is a member of NATO?s organizing committee for the ?Invisible Threats? advanced research workshops, uniting a variety of organized and financial crime and terrorism experts from different countries. Mr. Abdullaev holds a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ruslan Aliev. Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 2005. Works for CAST since 2003. Author of a number of articles on arms transfers to the Middle East.
Mikhail Barabanov. Graduated from the Moscow State University of Culture. Currently employed by the Moscow city government. Independent expert on naval history and armaments.
Alexander Golts. In 1978 received an M.A. in journalism from the Journalism Department of Moscow State University, Lomonosov. From 1980 until 1996 worked at Krasnaya zvezda (Red star), the Russian military daily editorial board. From 1996-2001 served as military editor of Itogi, a premier Russian news magazine. In 2001-2004 worked for the political magazine Yezhenedelnyi journal (Weekly) as deputy editor-in-chief. Now works as deputy editor-in-chief at the web site Yezhednevnyi journal. He regularly contributes to Janes Defense Weekly and recently spent his year term at CISAC of Stanford University as a visiting fellow, writing a manuscript on military reform in Russia titled Russian Army: Eleven lost years. Contributed to Russia: The New Security Parameters (1995), Russland auf dem Weg zum Rechtsstaat? Antworten aus der Zivilgesellschaft (2003), edited by German Institute for Human Rights, The Russian military (2004), edited by MIT-press (USA).
Konstantin Makienko. Graduated from the Oriental Department at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations in 1995 and the French-Russian Masters? School of Political Science and International Relations in 1996. Head of a project on conventional armaments at the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR-Center), 1996?1997. Since September 1997, Deputy Director of CAST. Author of numerous articles on Russia?s military-technical cooperation with other countries.
Dmitry Vasiliev. In 2004 graduated from the State University ? Higher School of Economics with a Master?s Degree in Strategic Management. From 2003 to mid 2004 worked as an analyst at Absolut Bank in the Department of Risk Evaluation. Currently working since July 2004 as a researcher at CAST.