Sunrise over the Leonid Bykov memorial statue in Kyiv, Ukraine.
I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California at San Diego. My main area of research is comparative state-building and civil war settlement dynamics. I am also very interested in methodologies for the safe and transparent collection of data in war zones and authoritarian states. I have lived and worked extensively in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, written about Somalia from an off-shore vantage point, and am currently researching a book on Ukraine's civil war.