About

The FPRI Bear Market Brief, generously backed by the FPRI Eurasia Program, brings you news about Russia’s economy, politics, business climate, and political risk environment. It features a daily news brief (sign up here!) and blog, the latter of which you are presently reading. Opinions presented on the site are contributors’ only and are not those of FPRI.

The Team

Aaron Schwartzbaum is the founder and editor in chief of FPRI Bear Market Brief. He is currently pursuing an MA in International Political Economy and International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC. Previously, he was a researcher with Eurasia Group’s Eurasia and global macro practices, and has experience in investment banking. He has lived in Saint Petersburg for a year and a half, where he completed the Overseas Language Flagship program. He focuses predominantly on Russia’s economy, fiscal policy, domestic politics, and more broadly, political risk.

Alex Nice is our columnist covering sectors (Aerospace, Agro, Pharma, etc.) and the Moscow beat. He is currently based in Moscow on an Alfa Fellowship. Prior, he was Regional Manager at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) covering Russia and the CIS. He was previously the Coordinator of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Nick Trickett is a columnist and blog contributor covering Russian energy and a blog contributor. He currently is yet another Eurasianist between jobs and is a contributor for Global Risk Insights and writes for outlets like The Diplomat and Oilprice.com. He has experience working on the Hill as well as for the Hudson Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Center for Strategic and International Studies. He holds an MA in Eurasian studies through the European University at St. Petersburg. He focuses on energy security, economic foreign policy, Russia within China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and political economy in the post-Soviet space.

Vusala Safarova is our columnist covering banking, finance, and macroeconomics. She grew up in Azerbaijan and is conversant in several languages, including Turkish and Russian. Vusala obtained her undergraduate education in Baku, Azerbaijan and went on to pursue two graduate degrees on full scholarships from the US Department of State and the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a Master of Public Administration degree from the American University’s School of Public Affairs. Still cherishing her childhood memories in the former Soviet Union, Vusala is a Lezgin by ethnicity and a global citizen at heart.

Chris Jarmas is a columnist covering regional news and politics. He is a second-year master’s student at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Previously, he interned at the U.S. Department of State in Moscow and Kiev, and he has also lived in Kyrgyzstan. Chris focuses on Russian domestic politics and economics and developments in the regions.

Marita Petherbridge is Bear Market Blog’s editor. She studies international relations and Russian language at the Australian National University. Her academic interests include critical approaches to security, information and media in international affairs, and Western perceptions of the post-Soviet space. Marita has written about Ukrainian politics for The Foreign Brief.

Fabrice Deprez is a blog contributor focusing on developments in Russia’s regions as well as politics in the run-up to the 2018 presidential election. Usually somewhere between France, Russia and Ukraine, currently works as a freelance journalist and analyst covering Eastern Europe and has contributed to outlets such as bne IntelliNews, War is Boring, L’Echo, La Tribune de Genève and many others. Fabrice holds an MA in international relations from Toulouse’s University of Political Sciences (France) and also studied international relations (as well as Russian language) at Saint-Petersburg’s state university.

Miranda Lupion is a blog contributor. She recently graduated from UPenn, where she studied Russian and international relations. She has interned for U.S. embassies Moscow and Minsk. Her research on the Kremlin’s use and manipulation of Russian-language digital news media won Penn’s Palmer Prize for best thesis in international relations and the Carnegie Council’s 2017 student research competition.

Max Hess is a blog contributor. He is a Senior Political Risk Analyst with AKE International. He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and Franklin & Marshall College. Max focuses on trade networks, markets, sovereign debt, political economy and regional relations in Eurasia.