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Donald N. Jensen is Editor in Chief and a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis where he oversees CEPA’s program of research and analysis. Jensen writes extensively on Russian domestic politics and that country’s foreign and security policies, especially the Kremlin’s waging of information warfare and its conduct of influence operations abroad. He also specializes in the domestic and foreign policies of other post-Soviet states, especially Ukraine, Georgia, and the Baltic republics.

Jensen has published The American Interest, US News, Newsweek, the Voice of America, and the Institute of Modern Russia, among other publications and in local media throughout the region. He is a regular commentator on the Voice of America Russian Service, CNBC, and RFE/RL and has lectured at a variety of universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and George Washington University. Jensen is an adjunct professor at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches Russian National Security Policy, and an Associate Fellow at the Germani Institute for Social Science and Strategic Studies in Rome.

In 2016 he was a Visiting Scholar at the NATO Defense College in Rome. A former U.S. diplomat, Jensen witnessed first hand the end of the Cold War and the Soviet Union. He provided staff support for the START, INF, and SDI negotiations during the Reagan Administration and in 1988 was a member of the first ten-man U.S. team to inspect Soviet missiles under the INF Treaty and verify their destruction. He served as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy Moscow during the 1991 August Coup and was an election monitor in the 1993 Russian presidential election and constitutional referendum. From 1996-2008 he was the Associate Director of Broadcasting and Head of the Research Division at RFE/RL (both in Prague and Washington), where he helped lead that organization’s expansion into new broadcast regions after the end of the Cold War and its adaptation of multimedia technology to deal with the information challenges of the 21st Century. As a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies from 2008 to 2014, Jensen led a team of open source experts who provided analytical support to the U.S. government on a variety of foreign policy issues.

A noted baseball historian specializing in the Dead Ball Era and the 19th Century game, Jensen is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and has written and co-authored many books and articles on the sport, including the Timeline History of Baseball (2009). He is the editor of Baseball: A Journal of the Early Game, an annually published book series that promotes the study of baseball’s early history and its rise to prominence within American popular culture, from its protoball roots to 1920, by offering the best in original research and analysis. He was the 2015 winner of the Chairman’s Award of the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee.

Jensen received his PhD and MA from Harvard and BA from Columbia. He is fluent in Russian and Italian.

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