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National Endowment for Democracy
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Nicholas Cicchinelli is an assistant program officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he works to support the consideration and awarding of grants made to human rights and democracy programs in the region. Prior to working at the NED, Nicholas was a Fulbright teaching assistant in Moldova, where he taught English and assisted the U.S. Embassy in implementing a micro-scholarship program for students. Nicholas has interned with the International Human Rights Society Memorial in Moscow, where he conducted research on the relationship between Soviet dissidents and international organizations, and with the Albany-Tula Alliance, a sister-city organization dedicated to citizen diplomacy.

Nicholas earned a B.A. in international relations and Russian studies at Wheaton College (Norton, Massachusetts) and presented his senior research project on the struggle of Russian civil society at the Harvard University Davis Center’s Undergraduate Colloquium for Russian and Eurasian Studies. While there, Nicholas spent a year studying abroad at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow with the support of a Boren scholarship. His interests include international law and diplomacy, human rights advocacy, good governance, and the rule of law.

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