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 & Eurasia practice.
Dr. Kaiser is a specialist in Russian and Eurasian affairs. Most recently, she lived in Tbilisi, Georgia as a State Department Title VIII Research Fellow. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and has also been an instructor at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, teaching courses on the history and politics of the Caucasus and Central Asia. 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. 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.