Noted CEE Expert To Research
Janusz Bugajski Joins CEPA as Senior Fellow
WASHINGTON, D.C. May 8, 2014 – Janusz Bugajski, a leading expert on Central and Eastern Europe, has joined the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) as a Senior Fellow. At CEPA, he will conduct research and lead analytical programs focusing on renewed geopolitical competition in the region spanning Central Europe, the Western Balkans and former Soviet Union.
Prior to CEPA, Bugajski worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, where he established and led the Center’s East European Studies Program, later known as the New European Democracies Program. He has consulted for various U.S. organizations and government agencies and has testified before the U.S. Congress. Bugajski chairs the South-Central Europe area studies program at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State as an independent contractor. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award granted collectively by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Information Agency and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He was also awarded the Medal of Gratitude by the Polish Free Trade Union Solidarity.
Bugajski is a regular contributor to numerous media outlets in the United States and across Central and Eastern Europe, and is the host of the television show “Bugajski Hour,” broadcast on Albanian Screen in Tirana. His most recent books include: Conflict Zones: North Caucasus and Western Balkans Compared (Jamestown Foundation, 2014); Return of the Balkans: Challenges to European Integration and U.S. Disengagement (U.S. Army War College, SSI, 2013); Georgian Lessons: Conflicting Western and Russian Interests in the Wider Europe (CSIS, 2010); Dismantling the West: Russia’s Atlantic Agenda (Potomac Books, 2009); Expanding Eurasia: Russia’s European Ambitions (CSIS, 2008); and Atlantic Bridges: America’s New European Allies, with CEPA’s Ilona Teleki (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).
In announcing Bugajski’s appointment, CEPA President Wess Mitchell said, “Janusz is one of the finest thinkers in Washington on Central and Eastern Europe. His deep understanding of this region and commitment to Atlanticism will make a strong contribution to CEPA’s mission of promoting a prosperous, stable and free Central Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States.”
Bugajski joins a growing team of distinguished Central and Eastern European issue experts that includes Keith C. Smith, former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania; Andrew A. Michta, M. W. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College; Edward Lucas, International Editor for The Economist in London; Corina Rebegea, founder of the CEPA U.S.-Romania Initiative; Jakub Grygiel, George H. W. Bush Senior Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University; and many others.