George Barros

Russia Team & Geospatial Intelligence Team Lead


George Barros is the Russia Team & Geospatial Intelligence Team Lead on the Russia and Ukraine portfolio at the Institute for the Study of War. His work within the Geospatial Intelligence Team focuses on innovating ISW's open source research methodology with remote sensing data collection, data visualization, and geospatial analysis. George is also the Team Lead of the ISW Russia and Ukraine portfolio and has worked on every major effort in that team since the 2020 Belarus protests. George's work with the Russia and Ukraine portfolio focuses on Russian information operations, the Kremlin’s operational art and campaign design in Ukraine and Belarus, and Ukrainian politics. George regularly briefs senior military and political decision-makers. George received his B.A. with Honors in International Relations and Global Studies with a concentration in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the College of William & Mary. Prior to joining ISW, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as an advisor on Ukraine and Russia for a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

His work and interviews have been featured in media outlets including The Hill, the Washington Post, BBC, Associated Press, Reuters, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, Kyiv Post, the Kyiv Independent, and others. 

George's maps of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine have been republished by Reuters, the Financial Times, the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. 
In the Media:

US spies lag rivals in seizing on data hiding in plain sight, The Associated Press, January 12, 2023
Tracking the War in Real Time, The New York Times, June 14, 2022 

ISW Publications:

ISW's Ukraine War Coverage (George is bylined on many of these publications and managed map production in nearly all of them.)

External Publications:

How Kremlin Uses the Church in Europe’s East, American Enterprise Institute, December 10, 2021

Follow George on Twitter: @georgewbarros

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