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Julia Gurganus

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Carnegie Endowment
Russian Federation


Julia Gurganus is a visiting scholar with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focus is on trends in Russian foreign policy and Russia-U.S. relations. Gurganus has spent the past two decades working in the U.S. intelligence community on issues related to Eurasia. From 2014 to 2017, she was a national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia, the senior subject matter expert on Eurasia for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She has also served as an analyst and a manager at the Central Intelligence Agency, assessing developments in Eurasian foreign and security policy, domestic politics and economic performance, as well as socio-economic trends in Eurasia and Central Asia. Before joining the government, Gurganus worked at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, facilitating research programs for scholars from the former Soviet Union. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in Russian Studies from Georgetown University. Gurganus is visiting the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on a U.S. government-sponsored sabbatical.  

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Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In addition to running the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, Haenle is also an adjunct professor at Tsinghua, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses to Chinese and international students on international relations and global governance. Prior to joining Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six-party-talks nuclear negotiations. From May 2004 to June 2007, he served as the executive assistant to the U.S. national security adviser. Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle has been assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, served as a U.S. Army company commander during a two-year tour to the Republic of Korea, and worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Early assignments in the U.S. Army included postings in Germany, Desert Storm, Korea, and Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in October 2009.

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