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I'm currently an investigative reporter with ThinkProgress, and have worked as a journalist in both the US and former Soviet Union. I recently graduated with a Master's degree from Columbia University's Harriman Institute, focusing on social, political, security, and demographic developments in the post-communist space, with a Master's thesis detailing PR and image-management efforts from the regimes in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan—along with detailing the assorted Western figures who've helped them along. My pieces and analyses have appeared in outlets like Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The New RepublicPOLITICO Magazine, Washington Post, Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative, Sports Illustrated, Quartz, The American Interest, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, openDemocracy, GuardianNational Review, World Politics Review, Al Jazeera, Slate, The Daily Beast, Roads & KingdomsTalking Points Memo, EurasiaNet, Houston ChronicleJamestown, Moscow Times, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Business Insider, among a host of other outlets.

I recently put together a full-length report with the Hudson Institute on the U.S.'s transition into a global offshore finance haven, as well as a full-length report with People For the American Way on relations between Moscow and the US's far-right. I’ve spoken at both the Atlantic Council and Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute on kleptocratic tools—shell companies, anonymous trusts, etc.—and I'm a member of the Advisory Council for the Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative. I also recently served as a Senior Investigative Fellow with the Human Rights Foundation.

You may have also seen, heard, or read me on BBC, NPR, MSNBC, Canal+, Deutsche Welle, Radio France Internationale, or in The Economist, offering analysis on nationalism, populism, extremism, and assorted post-Soviet developments. My regional consulting or editing efforts include work with Nuclear Threat Initiative, Freedom House, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, United States Institute of Peace, Center on Global Interests, and Christian Science Monitor’s Monitoring Global Outlook.

I've also worked with International Crisis Group in Kyrgyzstan, Talking Points Memo, and Houston Press, and graduated from Rice University in 2010, where I both taught a course on Batman and served as Editor-in-Chief of the on-campus newspaper. A stint as the northernmost (male) Peace Corps Volunteer in the world—it’s plenty chilled along the Russia-Kazakhstan border—came after college, and Portland, Oregon, is the original home.

Contact: cmichel.tp@thinkprogress.org

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