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Exiger Diligence Team
YPN Biography: 

Nadezhda Smakhtina is a research associate at the Exiger Diligence team. She graduated from American University’s School of International Service in August of 2017 with a M.A. in international affairs. There she was a Fulbright scholar, focusing on security and governance in Russia and Eurasia.  

She also holds a B.A. and an M.A. in law from Tyumen State University (Russia). Prior to joining American University’s graduate program, she completed a visiting research fellowship at the University of Freiburg (Germany).  

Previously she’s been working in multiple positions in Russia and the U.S., including private sector companies and such nonprofit organizations, as the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the National Security Archive.  

Her research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and arms control, NATO enlargement, post-Cold war U.S.-Russia relations, as well as nationalism studies in post-Soviet states.  

Nadezhda speaks fluent Russian and English, and has a beginner proficiency in French and German. 

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