Claire P. Kaiser is Director for Strategic Initiatives and a member of the firm’s Europe & Eurasia practice.
At McLarty, Dr. Kaiser helps clients navigate policy and regulatory issues throughout Eurasia, including in Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. She also leads the firm’s marketing and external communications efforts and other strategic projects.
A historian of Russia and Eurasia, Dr. Kaiser is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies. She has contributed to edited volumes on nationalism and empire in the Soviet periphery, and she is currently completing a book manuscript on the politics of nationality in Georgia after World War II. Dr. Kaiser has been an instructor at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and served as an election observer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in missions to Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. She has lived and worked in Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, and Germany.
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 term member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). She speaks Russian and Georgian and reads German and Ukrainian.