The Power Vertical is a blog and podcast by Brian Whitmore and covers emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Brian Whitmore is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and Russia and Eurasia specialist and adjunct assistant professor at the Charles T. McDowell Center for Global Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.

about the host

Brian Whitmore

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Texas-Arlington

Brian Whitmore is the founder and author of the Power Vertical Blog and host of the Power Vertical Podcast, both of which focus on Russian affairs. Whitmore was previously a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) from 2018 to 2020 and senior Russia analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) from 2007 to 2017. Prior to joining RFE/RL, Whitmore worked as a foreign correspondent for the Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague.

His work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New RepublicForeign PolicyWorld Politics ReviewNewsweek, and elsewhere. He has appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, the BBC World Service, NPR, Bloomberg, and various other media.

The Eurasia Center’s mission is to promote policies that strengthen stability, democratic values, and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe in the West to the Caucasus, Russia, and Central Asia in the East.