Olga Oliker is a senior adviser and director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS. Her recent research has focused on military, political, economic, and social development in countries in transition, particularly in Russia, Ukraine, and the Central Asian and Caucasian successor states to the Soviet Union. Prior to joining CSIS, Oliker held a number of senior posts at the RAND Corporation, most recently as director of RAND’s Center for Russia and Eurasia. She is the author or coauthor of “Russian Foreign Policy in Historical and Current Context: A Reassessment” (RAND Perspectives, 2015), Building Afghanistan’s Security Forces in Wartime: The Soviet Experience (RAND, 2011), Nuclear Deterrence in Europe: Russian Approaches to a New Environment and Implications for the United States (RAND, 2011), and Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications (RAND, 2000), among other books, articles, and reports. She has also published commentary on Russia-related topics in print and online with the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, among others. Oliker holds a B.A. in international studies from Emory University, an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.