Adrian Karatnycky

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Relations Program

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Transatlantic Relations, US Foreign Policy


Poland, Russia, Ukraine


Polish, Russian, Ukrainian

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Recent Activity

  • July 24, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal features Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky on why Russia hasn't honored the Minsk accord, and what Ukraine and its allies should do next:
  • June 09, 2015
    Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky writes for the New York Times on how Putin's strategy of using proxies has resulted in the establishment of a warlord kleptocracy in eastern Ukraine that threatens Moscow's control of events:
  • April 15, 2015
    Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky writes for Newsweek on how to understand Putin's actions and comments to the media:
  • April 15, 2015
    The Financial Times quotes Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky on the foreign-born ministers now serving Ukraine:
  • March 10, 2015
    Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky joins the Wall Street Journal to discuss the men arrested in connection with Boris Nemtsov's murder and the "Order of Honor" bestowed on their leader by Russian President Vladimir Putin:
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Full Bio

Adrian Karatnycky is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Program on Transatlantic Relations and Managing Partner of myrmidon Group LLC, a New York-based consultancy that works with investors and corporations seeking entry intot he complex emerging markets of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He is a Founder and Codirector of the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter. 

From 1993 to 2004, he was President and Executive Director of Freedom House, during which time he developed programs of assistance to democratic and human rights movements in Belarus, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. At Freedom House he devised a range of long-term comparative analytic surveys of democracy and political reform. For twelve years he directed the benchmark survey Freedom in the World and was co-editor of the annual Nations in Transit study of reform in the post-Communist world.

He is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, and many other periodicals. He is coauthor of three books and coeditor of eight books on Soviet and post-Soviet themes. He's been an outstanding voice for the Council on events unfolding in Ukraine.