Josh is a freelance writer and journalist specializing in foreign affairs and international relations. He has reported from more than 30 countries, from Venezuela to Congo to China, and specializes in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
He blogs on military and security issues in the former Soviet Union at The Bug Pit, and writes regularly on U.S. policy toward the Caucasus and Central Asia for EurasiaNet. He has published series of dispatches on Slate from Kazakhstan, the Russia-China border, Ukraine and western China, and op-eds in the New York Times on Tajikistan and U.S. policy in Uzbekistan and Central Asia generally. He has written for Foreign Policy on the naval arms race in the Caspian Sea and Wikileaks, and published dispatches in The Atlantic from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Greenland and on his doings with Russian intelligence and U.S. counterintelligence. He also reported from Greenland for the Wilson Quarterly, as well as from Venezuela and on democracy in the former Soviet Union.
He has received two grants from the Pulitzer Center, to report from Tajikistan and from Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. In 2012, he published a research report for the Open Society Foundations, "U.S. Military Aid to Central Asia: Who Benefits?"
He worked as a staff reporter in the Washington bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly from 2004-2006, covering the US Army and reporting on US military operations in Djibouti and Afghanistan, and still freelances for the magazine on the militaries of Central Asia and the Caucasus.
He spent six months covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq for Time, and two years in post-Milosevic Serbia writing for Time, the San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers. He started his journalism career with the Associated Press, working in bureaus in Pierre and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Richmond, Virginia.
He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Williams College. He lives in Cambridge, Mass.