Stephen D. Shenfield is a British-born specialist on politics and society in Russia and the post-Soviet region. He obtained his Ph.D. in Soviet Studies and Economics at Birmingham University’s Centre for Russian and East European Studies. For several years he worked at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. He is the author of The Nuclear Predicament: Explorations in Soviet Ideology (Routledge and the Royal Institute for International Affairs, 1987) and Russian Fascism: Traditions, Tendencies, Movements (M.E. Sharpe, 2001). His works on Caucasian affairs are available on the sites and For several years he produced the Research and Analytical Supplement to Johnson’s Russia List (archive at He is currently an independent researcher and translator. He lives in Providence, RI. His e-mail address is His website can be viewed here.