Mr. Howard is fluent in Russian and proficient in Azerbaijani and Arabic, and is a regional expert on the Caucasus and Central Asia. He was formerly an Analyst at the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Strategic Assessment Center. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, and Jane’s Defense Weekly. Mr. Howard has served as a consultant to private sector and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Intelligence Council and major oil companies operating in Central Asia and the Middle East.
Program Associate/Managing Editor, Eurasia Daily Monitor
Matthew Czekaj is a Program Associate for Europe and Eurasia at The Jamestown Foundation and also serves as the Managing Editor of Jamestown’s Eurasia Daily Monitor publication, focused on the post-Soviet space. Prior to joining Jamestown, Mr. Czekaj was a Research Associate at the Atlantic Council, where he worked on issues of European Enlargement. Before that, he was a Research Assistant at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Energy Security Program. Mr. Czekaj holds a Master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a concentration in European Studies from Johns Hopkins University. He is fluent in Polish, and speaks some French.
Editor, China Brief
Peter Wood is a Program Associate for China at The Jamestown Foundation and also serves as the Editor of China Brief. Prior to coming to The Jamestown Foundation, he worked at the American Enterprise Institute and as a defense focused Chinese-language researcher. He received his M.A. in International Studies with a focus on strategic studies from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. Mr. Wood earned a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and studied Chinese for two years at Peking University. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese. Follow him on Twitter at @PeterWood_PDW
Program Associate, Global Terrorism Analysis
Alden Wahlstrom is a Program Associate for Jamestown’s Global Terrorism Analysis program and assists with editing the Terrorism Monitor and Militant Leadership Monitor publications. He graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland, earning a B.A. in Government and Politics and Russian Language and Literature. After graduation, Mr. Wahlstrom moved to Moscow, Russia for advanced language study.
Director of Programs for the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Margarita Assenova is the Jamestown Foundation’s Director of Programs for the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She is a regular contributor to the Jamestown publication Eurasia Daily Monitor on political and energy security developments in the Balkans and Central Asia. Assenova is a recipient of the John Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for her reporting on nationalism in the Balkans. She has authored book chapters and journal articles on security, energy, and democracy published by CSIS Press, Brassey’s, Freedom House, Bertelsmann Foundation Publishers, the University of New Haven, and The Jamestown Foundation.
Assenova’s latest books include Eurasian Disunion: Russia’s Vulnerable Flanks (The Jamestown Foundation, 2016), a critical study on Russian subversion in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, co-authored with Janusz Bugajski, and the edited volume Azerbaijan and the New Energy Geopolitics of Southeastern Europe (The Jamestown Foundation, 2015). Her upcoming book, Nagorno-Karabakh: From Occupation to Resolution, is expected in early 2018.