Dr. Robert V. Barylski is a retired associate professor in the Department of Government and International Relations at USF Sarasota and, prior to his retirement, former Dean of the University. An expert on civil-military relations in Russia, he published The Soldier in Russian Politics 1988-1996: Duty, Dictatorship and Democracy under Gorbachev and Yeltsin (1998; Kindle edition, 2018).
He travels to Russia frequently and speaks and writes on political and economic reconstruction in the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in the development of oil resources in Russia and the newly independent nations on its borders. In recent years he has become one of the leading experts on Russian policy towards states and peoples of Islamic heritage.
Dr. Barylski has also spoken to SILL audiences on the rise of tycoons in the Russian economy and the relationships between Russia, China, and Iran. He has made occasional expert contributions to the Voice of America for broadcast to the greater Caspian region and participated in U.S. policy symposia at the U.S. Central Command.
Dr. Barylski has an undergraduate degree in political science from Brown University and graduate degrees in Russian area studies and political science from Harvard University.