Board of Directors

Peter Eltsov

Professor Peter Eltsov is an anthropologist, historian, and political scientist, teaching at the National Defense University. Eltsov has conducted research in South and Central Asia (including the conflict-ridden areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan in western Pakistan), the Middle East, the Northern Caucasus, and Crimea.  He has held positions as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Institute for the Cultures and Languages of South Asia at Free University in Berlin, Germany; as a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress; as a Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University; and as a Lecturer at Wellesley College.

    Oleksiy Skrypnyk

    Oleksiy Oleksiyovych Skrypnyk is a Ukrainian politician. Appearing third on the party list of Self Reliance, he was elected to the Verkhovna Rada in the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election. Formerly, he was the CEO of ELEKS, resigning in November 2014.

      Dr. Robert Orttung

      Dr. Robert Orttung is Assistant Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and an associate research professor of international affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He previously worked at the Jefferson Institute; the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center of American University; the EastWest Institute in New York, and the Open Media Research Institute in Prague. He is the managing editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization and co-editor of the Russian Analytical Digest and the Caucasus Analytical Digest, biweekly electronic newsletters that examine regional political and economic developments. Additionally, for the last several years, he has written reports about Russia and Ukraine for Freedom House. Dr. Orttung received a B.A. in Russian Studies from Stanford University and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

        Liz Wahl

        Liz Wahl is an American journalist based in Washington, D.C. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and several international news outlets. From 2011 to 2014, she was a correspondent and anchor for the U.S. branch of RT TV and made international headlines following her resignation from the channel, publicly denouncing its distorted coverage of the conflict in Ukraine and Russian intervention in Crimea. Wahl has spoken widely about Russian disinformation tactics internationally. Previously, she worked at various TV channels including as a news producer in her home state of Connecticut and reporter and anchor overseas in the Mariana islands and Guam

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