March 27, 2014
Security in Central Asia
Dr. Erica Marat is a visiting scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Wilson Center. She is an expert on security issues in post-communist countries, with a focus on military, national, and regional defense, as well as state-crime relations. Dr. Marat previously worked at the Voice of America's Russian Service and was a research fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, which is affiliated with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. She is an associate with the Central Asia Program at the George Washington University.
Courtney Ranson worked for over four years as a media analyst with the US Government, concentrating on the impact and development of media and social media in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Ms. Ranson subsequently worked briefly as a consultant for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has a Master’s degree in Russian and East European Area Studies and speaks Russian, French, and Polish.