Dr. Andrew (Andreas) Andersen is a Canadian historian, journalist and political scientist. His primary research focus has centered on communist and post-communist studies, international and inter-ethnic conflicts, territorial disputes and ideological clashes. Andrew Andersen combines his academic studies with an extensive experience in related counseling and field research in conflict areas.
Born in the USSR and raised in Siberia and Latvia, Andrew Andersen earned his Master’s degree from Moscow State University in 1980 where he later taught. His Master’s thesis examined the influence of the World Wars on 20th Century American literature. In 1984 he obtained his Ph.D. from Moscow State University. Andersen’s Ph.D. thesis analyzed the evolution and transformation of American public opinion and mass-media coverage regarding the US role in the Vietnam War (1962-75).
At the onset of Perestroyka, Andersen left the USSR and settled in Germany where he coordinated a number of Eastern European seminars, courses and projects organized by Wirtschaftsakatdemie in Kiel (Schleswig-Holstein).
In 1994 Andrew Andersen immigrated to Canada. Upon landing in Toronto, Ontario, he worked as a TV reporter and show co-host.
In 1996 he moved to British Columbia. Between 1996 and 2003 Andrew Andersen taught various Political Science courses at the University of Victoria and Simon Frazer University. (Vancouver). In 2003 he was granted a research fellowship position with the Centre of Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Since 2020 he has served as the director of the Centre for Military, Intelligence and Security Studies of Peritum Media Group in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Andrew Andersen has authored and published numerous books and articles for national and international professional magazines on ethnic, territorial and ideological conflicts, as well as on other international security-related issues.
He is fluent in English, German and Russian and possesses basic knowledge of French, Polish, Finnish, Latvian and Italian.