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FPRI Announces Baltic and Black Sea Fellows

The Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute has named three Baltic Sea Fellows and two Black Sea Fellows. The Baltic Sea Fellows will conduct Baltic Sea region-related research and will speak and write on behalf of FPRI throughout the year. The Black Sea Fellows will engage in similar activities focusing on the greater Black Sea region, including the Caucasus and Moldova.

The work of the Baltic and Black Sea Fellows will be featured in FPRI’s four different publication series focused on the Eurasia region: Baltic Bulletin, Black Sea Strategy Papers, Caucasus Cable, and Moldova Monthly.



Baltic Sea Fellows at the Eurasia Program

Una Bergmane holds a Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris. She is a 2016-2017 postdoctoral fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. Bergmane previously was a Fox Fellow at Yale University and a visiting researcher at Turku University, Finland. Her research focuses on the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, Russian media propaganda in the Baltic States, and contemporary politics of Latvia.

Lukas Milevski is a lecturer in strategy and security at Leiden University. He was Smith Richardson Strategy and Policy Fellow 2015-16, researching and writing a manuscript on contemporary Baltic defense from a strategic and historic perspective at the Changing Character of War program at the University of Oxford.  In 2014, he graduated with his doctorate from the University of Reading, where he studied strategy. His first book, The Evolution of Modern Grand Strategic Thought, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

Alexandra Sarlo is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on comparative politics. She also holds an MA from Georgetown University in Russian and East European Studies, and a BA in Russian from Cornell University.



Black Sea Fellows at the Eurasia Program

Nelli Babayan has been a Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, D.C. and is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Transnational, Foreign and Security Policy at Freie Universität Berlin. Dr. Babayan’s research includes Russian foreign policy, the Caucasus and Black Sea regions, and Western democracy promotion efforts in Central and Eastern Europe. Her latest books include Democratic Transformation and Obstruction: EU, US, and Russia in the South Caucasus (Routledge, 2015) and Democracy Promotion and the Challenges of Illiberal Regional Powers (Routledge 2016).

Col. Robert E. Hamilton

U.S. Army Colonel Robert E. Hamilton is a professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College. He has served as a strategic war planner and country desk officer at U.S. Central Command, as the Chief of Regional Engagement for Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, as the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, and as the Deputy Chief of the Security Assistance Office at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. Colonel Hamilton was a U.S. Army War College fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., where he authored several articles on the war between Russia and Georgia and the security situation in the former Soviet Union. Colonel Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Virginia.


FPRI would like to thank the J.J. Medveckis Foundation, Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation, Leo Model Foundation, Sarah Scaife Foundation, Krista Bard, and others for their support of the Eurasia Program at FPRI, directed by Ambassador Adrian A. Basora and John R. Haines.

For more information on how you can support the Eurasia Program at FPRI, please contact Maia Otarashvili at 215-732-3774 ext. 119 or [email protected].