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Alumna Olivia Goldstein joins Eurasia Foundation’s Young Professionals Network

Olivia Goldstein 444x718Olivia Goldstein (IWP Class of 2013), has recently been accepted into the Eurasia Foundation’s Young Professionals Network for 2014-15.

This prestigious program connects young Eurasian experts with experienced practitioners and scholars, who lead discussions on developments in the Eurasia region and provide career advice.

Olivia has focused on Eurasia in both her professional and academic life. “In total, I think I wrote close to 10 research papers on Eurasia at IWP,” says Olivia, who spent a great deal of time researching Eurasian economics and politics as she pursued her Master’s.

One of her papers, entitled “From the North Caucasus to Boston: Globalization of the Caucasus Emirate,” was published in the 2013 edition of the IWP student journal Active Measures, thanks in part to the efforts of Prof. Marek Chodakiewicz. Olivia continues to keep in touch with Prof. Robert Stephan to discuss Russian affairs. “He has been an excellent mentor and professor,” she comments.

Olivia currently serves as a Program Associate for Innovation and Capacity Building at American Councils for International Education, where she works to connect Russian university based startups and entrepreneurs with US partners. Previously, Olivia worked in both Moscow and DC for the State Department, Department of Treasury, and Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Kennan Institute.

Of the Eurasia Foundation program, Olivia says, “I am very excited about this opportunity to broaden my understanding of Eurasia through a new lens. I hope to be able to build upon my research at IWP through collaboration with this cohort of practitioners to foster better relationships between the United States and the region.”