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

  • January 06, 2015
    Kyiv's Government Is Failing to Act Against Some Volunteer Defense Units Now Acting Like Outlaws, Adrian Karatnycky Writes As Ukraine’s new parliament and cabinet are tackling corruption and the country's fiscal crisis with the energy of an unprecedented new crop
  • December 31, 2014
    Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky writes for the Washington Post on the new threat emerging in Ukraine posed by warlords and militant groups: 
  • December 23, 2014
    Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky joins MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss the declining Russian economy: 
  • December 16, 2014
    'Freedom Support Act' Authorizes, But Does Not Require, Arms Sales to Ukraine In passing its bill to boost US support for Ukraine last week, Congress left President Barack Obama largely free to decide how and when to apply its provisions
  • November 12, 2014
    As the US Congress Reconvenes, It and Europe Must Respond to the Kremlin’s Coming Offensive in Ukraine Russia has moved a massive wave of tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery into Ukraine’s Donbas region in recent days, accompanied by new
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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 into the complex emerging markets of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He is a founder and co-director 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.