Joe Parson is an analyst who covers the former Soviet states at Stratfor. His key areas of focus are energy, economics, business and military development issues within the region.
Mr. Parson spent five years as an intelligence specialist with the U.S. Navy, covering a range of issues.
He has a master's in Political Science, with honors, focused on the Politics and Economics of Eurasia from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations as well as a master's of business administration, with honors, focused on Global Business Management from the American Military University. During his time in Russia he worked as a freelance writer and consultant focused on the energy industry. He is proficient in Russian as well as basic French.