For USA Today and CBS Channel 2, political science professor Kimberly Marten discusses Chechnya, the home country of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Prof. Marten researched Chechnya for her recent book, Warlords Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States.


The Acting Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute, Prof. Marten specializes in international relations and international security. Her research focuses on warlords and militias and their relationship to sovereign states and state security institutions, in places ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq to the former Soviet Union.