At a Glance
• Director for Strategic Initiatives and member of Europe & Eurasia Practice
• Advises firm leadership on business development, client service strategies, and long-term planning
• Over a decade of experience in Eurasian affairs; conducted research and worked in Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, and Germany
• PhD in modern Russian history from the University of Pennsylvania; speaks Russian and Georgian and reads German and Ukrainian
Claire Kaiser, Director for Strategic Initiatives, supports the firm’s leadership in matters of strategic planning and outreach, and is also a member of our Europe and Eurasia practice.
Dr. Kaiser is a specialist in Russian and Eurasian affairs with over a decade of experience in the region. Most recently, she lived in Tbilisi, Georgia as a State Department Title VIII Research Fellow. She has also worked and studied in Ukraine, Russia, and Germany. She has taught courses on the history and politics of Central Asia and the Caucasus at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies. Additionally, Dr. Kaiser served as an election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in missions to Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.
Dr. Kaiser previously worked as an assistant in McLarty’s Global Strategies group, supporting our leadership and developing the firm’s marketing and communications strategy.
Trained as a historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union, Dr. Kaiser has had her work published in several academic journals and is currently revising her doctoral dissertation into a book manuscript, titled Entitled Empire: Nationality and the Postwar Experience in Soviet Georgia.
Dr. Kaiser earned a PhD in modern Russian history at the University of Pennsylvania; and an MA in Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European studies and a BS in foreign service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is a member of the Eurasia Foundation’s Young Professionals Network and the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). She speaks Russian and Georgian and reads German and Ukrainian.