Brian worked as a freelance journalist in Russia for 6 years, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. In the late 1990’s he took a staff writing position with the Moscow Times, and wrote on many of the Russian business and economic developments of the day. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 2000 and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantry officer. He considered a career in academia or policy-making circles that would build on his experiences in Russia and the military. Brian is currently a PhD candidate at Rutgers University (comparative politics program.