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 published dispatches for Al Jazeera America from Crimea, Abkhazia, and Russia; and in The Atlantic from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Greenland and on his doings with Russian intelligence and U.S. counterintelligence. He has reported from Greenland, from Venezuela and on democracy in the former Soviet Union for the Wilson Quarterly.
He has received three grants from the Pulitzer Center, to report on instability in Tajikistan, the arms race on the Caspian Sea, and the border between Europe and Asia. 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, has a B.A. in Philosophy from Williams College and an M.A. in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia from Harvard University. He lives in Istanbul.