Ukraine, Russia, states of the former Soviet Union

Nadia Diuk

Vice President, Programs – Africa, Central Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and Caribbean

Nadia Diuk serves as Vice President, Programs for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a private nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Congress to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. For over twenty years prior to her appointment as Vice President, she supervised NED programs in Europe and Eurasia where she worked on programs and strategies for the underground democratic movements before 1989, through to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and beyond.

Prior to her appointment at the NED, Dr. Diuk taught Soviet Politics and Russian History; was a research associate at the Society for Central Asian Studies, United Kingdom; and editor-in-chief of the London-based publication Soviet Nationality Survey. Her publications include two co-authored books The Hidden Nations: The People Challenge the Soviet Union(New York: William Morrow, 1990) and New Nations Rising: The Fall of the Soviets and the Challenge of Independence (John Wiley & Sons, 1993) and the recently published The Next Generation in Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan: Youth, Politics, Identity and Change(Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).  Her articles have appeared in the Washington PostThe Washington TimesJournal of DemocracyOrbisThe World and IAzerbaijan International, and in the Russian Journal of Public Opinion. She has appeared on CNN International, National Empowerment TV, and Worldnet TV. Her radio interviews have included National Public Radio, BBC, Voice of America, and Radio Liberty. She has been interviewed by Russian radio and is a frequent commentator on Ukraine’s Channel 5 TV. She has given testimony on Capitol Hill before the House International Relations Committee.

Dr. Diuk is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She gained a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in History at the University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Her Master of Philosophy in Russian and East European Studies and Doctorate (D. Phil.) in Modern History were gained at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Areas of Expertise: Ukraine, Russia, states of the former Soviet Union
Languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Polish