Mr. Mark Voyger is a Visiting Scholar with the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. In 2018-2019 he was the Senior Lecturer in Russian and Eastern European Studies at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia where he taught Russian and Eastern European politics and security studies. Prior to his academic career, he served as the Special Advisor for Russian and Eurasian Affairs to the Commanding General of US Army Europe in Wiesbaden, Germany (2017 – 2018), and as the Cultural Advisor and Senior Russia Expert at NATO’s Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey (2013 – 2017). In the period 2009- 2013 he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as an advisor and social scientist working for the US Army.
Mr. Voyger holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a focus on Russia-NATO relations, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and he has read for a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge University, UK.
Mr. Voyger’s areas of academic and professional expertise include Eastern European, Balkan and Middle Eastern politics and security issues, Russian foreign and security policy, Russian military strategies and doctrine, hybrid warfare, as well as trans-national Islamist ideologies and movements.
Mr. Voyger is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Arabic, Turkish, French, Spanish and Italian; conversant in Portuguese, German, Serbo-Croatian and Macedonian, and has basic knowledge of Farsi, Hindi, Hebrew and Greek.