Reid Standish is a Canadian-American journalist based in London. He currently covers politics, security, and culture in Russia, Central Asia and across Eurasia. Follow him on Twitter: @ReidStan

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Selected clips from Reid Standish.

Russia and Beyond:

  • OPEC and Russia Parry Mexico to Ink Historic Deal to Slash Oil Output in Foreign Policy 10/4/2020
  • Trump’s Promised Oil Deal Still Eludes Big Producers as Prices Dive Again in Foreign Policy 6/4/2020
  • In the Coronavirus, Putin May Have Met His Match in Foreign Policy 31/3/2020
  • Fortress Russia Begins to Show Cracks as Coronavirus Spreads in Foreign Policy 18/3/2020
  • No End in Sight to the Oil Price War Between Russia and Saudi Arabia in Foreign Policy 14/3/2020
  • Will Putin Be Russia’s President For Life? in Foreign Policy 10/3/2020
  • Russians See Weekend Rally as Litmus Test in Foreign Policy 28/2/2020
  • Putin Fires His Puppet Master in Foreign Policy 21/2/2020
  • Behind Pompeo’s Big ‘We Care’ Trip to Ukraine in Foreign Policy 29/1/2020
  • For Russia, Impeachment Can’t Be Over Soon Enough in Foreign Policy 23/1/2020
  • ‘Russia’s Political Transition Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule’ in Foreign Policy 15/1/2020
  • Putin Moves to Heighten Russia’s Role After Suleimani Killing In in Foreign Policy 8/1/2020
  • To Keep Putin Out, Belarus Invites the U.S. and China In in Foreign Policy 1/1/2020
  • China’s Central Asian Plans Are Unnerving Moscow in Foreign Policy 23/12/2019
  • Ukraine’s Leader to Face Down Putin for First Time in Foreign Policy 6/12/2019
  • Putin Has a Dream of Africa in Foreign Policy 25/10/2019
  • Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb in Foreign Policy 17/10/2019
  • How a D.C. News Site Amplified Dubious Ukraine Claims in Foreign Policy 26/9/2019
  • There’s a New Player Leading the Kremlin’s Moves Abroad: the Russian Army in Foreign Policy 3/9/2019
  • Russians Begin to Consider Life Without Putin in Foreign Policy 3/9/2019

Central Asia:

  • China’s Path Forward Is Getting Bumpy in The Atlantic 3/9/2019
  • ‘Our Government Doesn’t Want to Spoil Relations with China’ in The Atlantic 3/9/2019
  • Weekend at Berdi’s in Foreign Policy 7/21/2019
  • Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest in Foreign Policy 6/10/2019
  • Kazakhstan’s Fake Vote Might Wake Up Civil Society in Foreign Policy 6/8/2019
  • An Aging Autocrat’s Lesson for His Fellow Dictators in The Atlantic 6/7/2019
  • Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan in Foreign Policy 3/19/2019
  • Astana Tries to Silence China Critics in Foreign Policy 3/11/2019
  • Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps in Foreign Policy 3/5/2019
  • China’s expanding war on Islam: Now they’re coming for the Kazakhs. in the Washington Post 3/1/2019
  • ‘She Fled China’s Camps—but She’s Still Not Free’ in Foreign Policy 2/6/2019
  • Trump has a chance to open up one of the world’s most repressive countries in The Washington Post 5/15/2018
  • ‘Our Future Will Be Violent Extremism’ in Foreign Policy 8/1/2017
  • A Silk Road Marriage in Foreign Policy 9/12/2017
  • Scenes From Central Asia’s Forever War in Foreign Policy 8/7/2017
  • Where the War on Terror Lives Forever in Foreign Policy 9/2/2016

The Nordics:

  • Russian Opportunism in Berlin Policy Journal, Jan/Feb Issue 2019
  • Ine Eriksen Søreide, Europe’s Eyes and Ears in POLITICO Europe 12/4/2018
  • ‘House of Cards’ is credible. Just ask the Russians, Chinese and Iranians. in The Washington Post 10/26/2018
  • The New Cold Front in Russia’s Information War in Coda Story/Foreign Policy 10/4/2018
  • Meet Sweden’s New Populist Kingmakers in The Atlantic 9/10/2018
  • What It Was Like to Attend That Trump-Putin Press Conference in The Atlantic 7/17/2018
  • How a Norwegian Retiree Got Caught Up in a Spy Scandal in The Atlantic 5/19/2018
  • Putin and Xi Are Dreaming of a Polar Silk Road in Foreign Policy 3/8/2018
  • American Elections Remain Unprotected in The Atlantic 12/28/2017


  • Does the World’s Longest Undersea Tunnel Have a China Problem? in Foreign Policy 10/7/2019
  • U.S. Cancels Journalist’s Award Over Her Criticism of Trump in Foreign Policy 3/7/2019
  • Finnish leader targets Trump and Putin in climate-change drive in Politico Europe 11/27/2018
  • They Don’t Make Helsinki Summits Like They Used To in The Atlantic 7/15/2018
  • ‘Spirit of Helsinki’ awakes to host Trump and Putin in Politico Europe 7/13/2018
  • The Meaning of a U.S.-Russia Summit in Helsinki in The Atlantic 6/28/2018
  • Finland’s race for Arctic riches in Politico Europe 3/28/2018
  • Finland’s Marine Le Pen in Politico Europe 1/26/2018
  • Inside a European Center to Combat Russia’s Hybrid Warfare in Foreign Policy 1/18/2018
  • Wary of Russia, Finns take another look at NATO in Politico Europe 10/30/2017
  • Finland woos US with more muscular defense role in Politico Europe 11/7/2017
  • How Finland Became Europe’s Bear Whisperer in Foreign Policy 3/7/2016
  • Why Is Finland Able to Fend Off Putin’s Information War? in Foreign Policy 3/1/2017

The Baltics:

  • Europe Should Look to What the United States Does—Not What Trump Says (interview with former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves) in Foreign Policy 8/3/2018
  • Russia’s anxious northern neighbors toughen up in Politico Europe 4/9/2018
  • The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe in The Atlantic 9/18/2017
  • Russia’s Neighbors Respond to Putin’s ‘Hybrid War’ in Foreign Policy 10/12/2017
  • Lithuania, Leery of Moscow, Spars With Belarus Over Nuclear Reactor in Foreign Policy 10/31/2017

(Top image: A horn player starts the festivities at an ethnic Uzbek wedding in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Reid Standish.)


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Originally from Langley, British Columbia, Canada, Reid Standish is a Canadian-U.S. journalist currently based in Moscow where he covers Russia and Eurasia for Foreign Policy magazine and various other English-language publications. His writing has been featured in The Atlantic, Politico Europe, The Washington Post, Coda Story, and others. He has also appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, Voice of America, BBC World Service, DW News and done podcasts with Radio Free Europe, Public Radio International, and Foreign Policy.

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Reid has covered a wide variety of topics, from drug trafficking in Central Asia to Santa Claus tourism in northern Finland. In 2017, Reid was a Religion Fellow for the International Reporting Project where he reported on religious extremism in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and in 2019-2020, he was an Alfa Fellow in Moscow, where reported across Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Before moving to Kazakhstan, Reid worked as a northern Europe correspondent based in Helsinki, Finland and also previously worked at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC as an editor where he reported, edited and commissioned pieces, and worked as the newsroom’s digital point person. In addition to Russia, Reid has lived in and reported from Kazakhstan, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden and Ukraine.

(Top image: A mural dedicated to veterans from the Soviet war in Afghanistan erected in a village near Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Reid Standish.)

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(Top image: A statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the Lenin Museum in Tampere, Finland. Photo by Reid Standish)

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