Nadia M. Diuk

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Nadia M. Diuk (died in February 2019)

Nadia M. Diuk "serves as Senior Director for Europe and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy, a private nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. She has supervised NED programs in this complex region since 1987, before the East European revolutions, when most democrats could work only underground, through the period of the first free elections of 1989-92, up to the present time of consolidating the transitions in the new independent states of Eurasia as well as assisting those democrats who continue to work in authoritarian countries in that region.

"Prior to her appointment at the NED she taught Soviet Politics and Russian History at Oxford University; was a research associate at the Society for Central Asian Studies, England; and editor-in-chief of the London-based publication Soviet Nationality Survey. Her publications include two co-authored books The Hidden Nations: The People Challenge the Soviet Union (New York: William Morrow, 1990) and New Nations Rising: The Fall of the Soviets and the Challenge of Independence (John Wiley & Sons, 1993) and articles in the Washington Post, The Washington Times, Journal of Democracy, Orbis, The World and I, Azerbaijan International, and in the Russian Journal of Public Opinion. She has appeared on CNN International, National Empowerment TV, and Worldnet TV. Her radio interviews have included National Public Radio, BBC, Voice of America, and Radio Liberty. She has been interviewed by Russian radio and is a frequent commentator on Ukraine's Channel 5 TV. She has given testimony on Capitol Hill before the House International Relations Committee. Her latest research project, "The Next Generation of Young Leaders in Key Post-Soviet States" will soon be published as a book by Rowman & Littlefield.

"Dr. Diuk is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Advisory Board of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center. She gained a B.A (with honors) in History at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Her M.Phil in Russian and East European Studies and D. Phil. in Modern History were gained at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford." [1]

"In 1984, she married American Adrian Karatnycky and moved to the United States, first to New York City, and in 1986 to Washington, D.C. Mr. Karatnycky had served as the president of Freedom House, and today is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a partner of a consulting firm in New York." [1]

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  1. Nadia M. Diuk, NED, accessed September 14, 2007.