February 19, 2016

The Atlantic Council today named Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, as a Nonresident Senior Fellow with appointments in the Future Europe Initiative, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, and Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

During her tenure from 2012 to 2015 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, Dr. Farkas was responsible for policy toward Russia, the Black Sea, Balkans, and Caucasus regions and conventional arms control. From 2010 to 2012 she served as Senior Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe/Commander, US European Command, and as Special Adviser for the Secretary of Defense for the NATO Summit. Prior to that she served almost a decade in the legislative branch working on  stability and special operations, counterterrorism, counterproliferation,  export controls, defense policy toward Latin America and US-Asia policy. From 1997-2000 she served as a professor of international relations at the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College.  

At the Atlantic Council, Dr. Farkas will focus on Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe; general European affairsand global security issues.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Farkas, one of the most well-known and well-respected authorities on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine, to the Atlantic Council,” said John Herbst, Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience engaging with our partners in the region, and we look forward to drawing on her expertise as we continue to deepen our team of experts on Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

“I am honored to join the Atlantic Council team and become part of a network of experts committed to strengthening the transatlantic relationship,” Farkas said. “The Atlantic Council has established itself as a leader on European – and in particular Eastern European – analysis, and is building its reputation in the international security area.  I look forward to engaging and expanding upon the already substantive and cutting-edge work of the Council on today’s most pressing issues.”

To schedule an interview with Dr. Farkas, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To read Dr. Farkas’ recent testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, please click here.

The Atlantic Council today named Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, as a Nonresident Senior Fellow with appointments in the Future Europe Initiative, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, and Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

During her tenure from 2012 to 2015 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, Dr. Farkas was responsible for policy toward Russia, the Black Sea, Balkans, and Caucasus regions and conventional arms control. From 2010 to 2012 she served as Senior Adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe/Commander, US European Command, and as Special Adviser for the Secretary of Defense for the NATO Summit. Prior to that she served almost a decade in the legislative branch working on  stability and special operations, counterterrorism, counterproliferation,  export controls, defense policy toward Latin America and US-Asia policy. From 1997-2000 she served as a professor of international relations at the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College.  

At the Atlantic Council, Dr. Farkas will focus on Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe; general European affairsand global security issues.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Farkas, one of the most well-known and well-respected authorities on Eastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine, to the Atlantic Council,” said John Herbst, Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience engaging with our partners in the region, and we look forward to drawing on her expertise as we continue to deepen our team of experts on Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

“I am honored to join the Atlantic Council team and become part of a network of experts committed to strengthening the transatlantic relationship,” Farkas said. “The Atlantic Council has established itself as a leader on European – and in particular Eastern European – analysis, and is building its reputation in the international security area.  I look forward to engaging and expanding upon the already substantive and cutting-edge work of the Council on today’s most pressing issues.”

To schedule an interview with Dr. Farkas, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To read Dr. Farkas’ recent testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, please click here.