Dr. Nikolai Zlobin – President

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Dr. Nikolai Zlobin is a political analyst, journalist, and historian who is the founder and current president of the Center on Global Interests. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and essays on politics, history, and global security published in 16 languages and more than 30 countries. Prior to founding the Center on Global Interests in 2012, Dr. Zlobin served as director of Russian and Asian programs at the World Security Institute in Washington, D.C. and was the founder and director of the international news agency Washington ProFile as well as director of Russian and Asian Programs at the Center for Defense Information. Since moving to the United States in 1993, he has held teaching positions at Georgetown, Stanford, and Harvard universities, and was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 1993, he was an original executive editor of Demokratizatsiya, the first academic journal on post-Soviet politics and democratization. Since 2004, Nikolai has also been a permanent member of the Valdai International Discussion Club. Dr. Zlobin’s writings have appeared in The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, International Herald TribuneThe Chicago TribuneVedomostiRossiyskaya Gazeta, and Izvestia. He holds a BA and MA in History and a PhD in Public Administration from Moscow State University.

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Michael Purcell – Director of Operations

104cde4 (2)Michael Purcell has an extensive background in Eurasia and military affairs.  He served over 20 years with the US Marines as an armor officer, foreign area officer, and strategic planner.  Recent assignments include Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy, and Plans for Marine Forces Europe, serving as the Marines lead for conducting security cooperation with allied and partner countries in Black Sea and Caucasus in support of NATO operations in Afghanistan. He has also served in Iraq as a tank battalion operations officer and the senior liaison officer for the United Nations Mission in Georgia. His education includes a BS from the US Naval Academy, an MA from the US Naval Postgraduate School, and a year-long period of study and travel based out of the Moscow Higher School of Economics. Michael speaks Russian and is currently a student in the George Washington University MBA program.

Contact: mpurcell@globalinterests.org


Andrey Sazonov – Program Associate

thumbnail_downloadAndrey Sazonov assists with research programs, manages operations and events, and supports the Center’s long-term projects. Prior to joining CGI, Andrey held internships at the Kennan Institute and at the Atlantic Council. He has also served on the executive board of a Yale-based think tank European Horizons. Andrey holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Arabic Language and Literature from the University of Iowa, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2016. His writing has been published in Review of European & Transatlantic Affairs, Huffington Post, The International Political Economy Hub, and other outlets. His research interests include Russian foreign policy, European far-right parties, and international economy.

Contact: asazonov@globalinterests.org

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Alec Albright – Program Associate

AlecAlbrightAlec Albright manages operations and external events at CGI. Prior to joining CGI full-time, Alec held internships at Investor AB, an asset management group based in Stockholm, and PwC. He received his master’s degree in 2016 from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, where he also completed the Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy, and was a Wallenberg International Fellow. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2014 and double majored in Political Science and Russian. His research interests include foreign direct investment, innovation development and venture capital, and international business law. 

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Olga Kuzmina – Program Associate and Publications Editor

Olga_smallOlga Kuzmina develops thematic content for CGI’s research programs and publications, works on event organization and outreach, and oversees the editorial process for the Center’s publications. Prior to joining CGI, Olga served as a Project Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington, DC. In 2011, she completed a reporting internship with The Moscow Times. Olga holds a BA in Political Science and Contemporary European Studies with a minor in Slavic studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has studied abroad at the Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis in Prague and at the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO) in her native Moscow, and has traveled throughout Central Europe and Russia. 

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