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

  • 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:
  • March 04, 2015
    US News and World Report quotes Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky on how the conflict in Ukraine has created divisions among the clergy:
  • February 25, 2015
    Truce Buys Ukraine Time to Get a Little Real Help From Its Friends Ukraine and its allies hope this month’s cease-fire deal agreed with Russia and Russian-backed rebels brings relative calm to southeastern Ukraine. But the Minsk agreement is deeply
  • February 20, 2015
    Vox quotes Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky on the alliances between political parties and armed paramilitaries in eastern Ukraine:
  • February 19, 2015
    Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky writes for The New York Times on why the Minsk agreement is deeply flawed and what the West needs to do to respond to Putin's strategy:
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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.