John B. Dunlop

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Person.png John B. Dunlop  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(academic, historian)
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Alma materHarvard University, Yale University
Member ofAmerican Committee for Peace in Chechnya, Hoover Institution/Fellows
Spooky US expert on Soviet Union and Russia, focusing on ethnic nationalist separatism.

Not to be confused with John Dunlop, his father, a US Secretary of Labor.

John Barrett Dunlop is a spooky US academic specializing on the Soviet Union and Russia, an area of which he has a tendency to predict gloom and dire warnings of Russian schemes as enemy images.

He is an expert "on Soviet and Russian politics from 1985 to the present, Russia’s two wars in Chechnya, ethnic Russian nationalism, and the politics of religion in Russia. His current research focuses on the origins of the Putin regime in 1998–99."[1]

A professor and department chair at Oberlin College from 1970 to 1983, Dunlop was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1978–79. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford and Princeton Universities, a visiting Olin Senior Fellow at the CIA's Radio Liberty in Munich, and an academic visitor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.[1]

In testimony before a subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives in July 1991, Dunlop predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, which occurred five months later.[1]

In November 1999, Dunlop testified on the subject of the war in Chechnya before the Helsinki Committee. In July 2001, he testified on the same subject before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.[1]

In 2006, he wrote "The entire North Caucasus is awash in violence and turmoil, and there is little reason to believe, despite the recent gains the Kremlin seems to have made in Chechnya, that things could get better."[2] (He predicted this just as the government attained a stability in the region it has kept since).

Dunlop served as acting director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford in 2008. From 1997 to 2003, he was a member of the Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University.

His publications include The Moscow Bombings of September 1999: Examinations of Russian Terrorist Attacks at the Onset of Vladimir Putin’s Rule (2012), Russia Confronts Chechnya: Roots of a Separatist Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The 2002 Dubrovka and 2004 Beslan Hostage Crises: a Critique of Russian Counter-Terrorism (Ibidem Verlag, 2006), The New Russian Nationalism (Praeger Publishers, 1985), and The Faces of Contemporary Russian Nationalism (Princeton University Press, 1983).[1]