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Olga Oliker

Director of Russia and Central Asia Program, International Crisis Group

Dr Olga Oliker leads the organisation’s research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy in and about Russia, Europe, Turkey, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Her own research interests centre on the foreign and security policies of Russia, Ukraine, and the Central Asian and Caucasian successor states to the Soviet Union, domestic politics in these countries, US policy towards the region, and nuclear weapons strategy and arms control. Prior to joining International Crisis Group, Dr Oliker directed the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and held various research and management roles at the RAND Corporation. Early in her career, she served at the US Department of Defense. Dr Oliker is the author of numerous articles, monographs, and reports, with recent publications in Foreign Aff airs, Survival, and other journals. She has also published commentary in print and online with The New York Times, The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, War on the Rocks, CNN, US News and World Report, and The National Interest, among others.
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Updated: August 24, 2021