About the Author

Chosen as NBC’s Special Consultant for their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Robert Schaefer is a U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer. For over twenty five years he has served in a variety of special units and participated in virtually every U.S. overseas operation since 1990. He has extensive experience with counterinsurgency and counter-terrorist operations around the world and has lived and worked in many countries of the former Soviet Union. He is uniquely qualified to analyze the conflict in the North Caucasus because of his first-hand experience planning and executing counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism operations in the Caucasus region. LTC Schaefer is the 2001 recipient of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and the Office of Strategic Services Society’s Award of Excellence (the Singlaub Award) as the U.S. Special Operations Command Person of the Year for his historic achievements with Russian airborne forces. He obtained a Masters Degree from Harvard University’s Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia program, and is the host of National Public Radio’s Memorial Day Special 2007 – 2012. He is a frequent consultant for major media organizations (NBC, BBC, CNN, NPR, others), private industry, universities, think tanks, and government agencies. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Caucasus Survey, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal focused on the Caucasus Region. He has also written about Russian military reforms in an anthology entitled, The Fire Below, How the Caucasus Changed Russia.

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