Kathleen Weinberger is a Research Assistant with the Institute for the Study of War’s Russia and Ukraine portfolio. Her research with ISW focuses on tracking Russian military developments and understanding Russian foreign policy towards its ‘near abroad’. Previously, Ms. Weinberger has written on Russian drone technology, Russian auxiliary submarines, and undersea warfare. Before joining ISW, Ms. Weinberger worked with UNICEF in the Republic of Armenia and at the Regional Studies Center contributing to publications focusing on defense, economic, social, and political topics in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus. Ms. Weinberger has most recently completed an internship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the International Security Program, where she contributed analysis of Russian military capabilities.
Ms. Weinberger received her B.A. from the University of St Andrews in Russian and International Relations as well as a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford in Russian and Eurasian Studies. She also spent a semester abroad studying at Yaroslavl Demidov State University in Russia. Ms. Weinberger is also proficient in Russian.
Recently from Kathleen Weinberger
Russia heightened its military posture in Europe by projecting its land, air and naval capabilities. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on May 4 that it would create three new combined-arms divisions in the Western and Southern military districts, with a second announcement on June 3 specifying that these would include moving two motorized infantry brigades to its Western borders with Belarus and Ukraine. The Russian announcement was likely a response to proposed NATO plans to deploy multinational NATO battalions to the Baltic States and Poland, which were first announced as a possible course of action in April. Russia further reasserted itself through the movement of advanced naval equipment to the Black and Mediterranean Seas and continued violation of Baltic and Polish airspace. Russia also announced plans to boost its defensive capabilities through the installation of an additional S-300 air defense system in Belarus and an upgrade to the ‘Bereg’ coastal defense artillery system on the Black Sea. Russia will continue demonstrating its military capabilities over the next few months, as it plans to conduct a surge of military exercises June-October during its annual summer training period. These measures allow Russia to increase its military posture and position key capabilities along its Western border without crossing the threshold that would provoke an armed NATO response under Article 5.
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