American Expert on Russia Gilbert Doctorow: Merkel is trying not be the US puppet in Ukraine's conflict

Angela Merkel is trying to play a role of independent and strong actor in this multilateral conflict

Doctorow's impressive biography and recent articles

Gilbert Doctorow is a professional Russia watcher and actor in Russian affairs going back to 1965. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1967), a past Fulbright scholar, and holder of a Ph.D. with honors in history from Columbia University (1975).

After completing his studies, Mr. Doctorow pursued a business career focused on the USSR and Eastern Europe. For twenty-five years he worked for US and European multinationals in marketing and general management with regional responsibility.

From 1998-2002, Doctorow served as the Chairman of the Russian Booker Literary Prize in Moscow.A number of his early scholarly articles on Russian constitutional history under
Nicholas II drawn from his dissertation remain 'in print' and are available online. Mr. Doctorow has also been an occasional contributor to the Russian language press including Zvezda (St Petersburg), Russkaya Mysl (La Pensée russe, Paris) and Kontinent (a journal sponsored by Alexander Solzhenitsyn) on issues of Russian cultural and political life.

He regularly publishes analytical articles about international affairs on the portal of the Belgian daily La Libre Belgique. Mr. Doctorow's current research interest is trends in U.S. area studies
programs. He is a Visiting Scholar of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University during the 2010-2011 academic year.Mr. Doctorow is an American citizen and a long-time resident of Brussels, Belgium.