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Eurasia Club Former Leaders

Austin Bowman served as a Fletcher Eurasia Club leader during the 2017-2018 academic year. He received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2018 from The Fletcher School, where he concentrated on International Security Studies and International Political Economy. His research interests include cyber security, information warfare, European and NATO policy, terrorism and counterterrorism, illicit finance, and U.S.-Russia relations. Previously he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a small village in Kosovo. As part of the first Peace Corps group in Kosovo, Austin worked closely with the local community, helped create a nationwide assessment for Peace Corps, and coordinated multiple USAID sponsored grants for communities across the country. Austin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he majored in Psychology and Leadership Communication with a minor in Political Science.
Cindy Garcia served as a Fletcher Eurasia Club leader during the 2017-2018 academic year. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2018 from The Fletcher School, where she focused on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and International Security Studies. Her research interests include political polarization, international education, cyber security, information warfare, cultural diplomacy, and U.S.-Russia relations. Before coming to Fletcher, Cindy served as a Teach for America corps member in eastern North Carolina for three years both teaching and writing curriculum for 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida while majoring in Political Science, Anthropology, and Russian language and culture.
Ryan Rogers served as a Fletcher Eurasia Club leader in Fall 2018. He received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2019 from The Fletcher School, where he focused on International Security Studies and Development Economics. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in International Studies and Russian Studies. Ryan served in the United States Marine Corps where he worked in several different operational and leadership capacities from the West Pacific to the United Kingdom. As a USMC officer, he supported crisis response operations and foreign military engagements in multiple theaters of operations around the globe. Additionally, Ryan has studied at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow and worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, focusing on regional security cooperation and defense strategy and policy.
Markian Kuzmowycz served as a Fletcher Eurasia Club leader during the 2018-2019 academic year. He received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2019 from The Fletcher School, where he studied International Political Economy with a focus on Eastern Europe. In the summer of 2018, he interned at the New Europe Center in Kyiv, Ukraine. Previously he has worked in finance, economic development consulting, and e-commerce. Markian has served as an international election monitor for two Ukrainian national elections. His research interests include the Balkans, Ukraine, and the Caucasus, as well as frozen conflicts. He speaks Ukrainian and French and is studying Russian.
Elmira Askerova served as a Fletcher Eurasia Club leader during the 2018-2019 academic year. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in 2019 from The Fletcher School, where she concentrated on International Development. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington. She started her career in the corporate sector working for Chase Bank in retails sales in New York City and then joined Deloitte management consulting in Astana, Kazakhstan. She then pivoted her career toward foreign affairs by joining the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Astana. Last summer, she interned with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. working on a project advising Central Asian governments on how to leverage new technology.

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