Eurasia Club

The Eurasia Club at The Fletcher School seeks to promote a cultural, historical, political, and economic understanding of the countries of the former Soviet Union. By bringing together students from diverse backgrounds and meeting with experts and practitioners from Russia and Eurasia, the club aims to create lasting connections among individuals, communities, and the region as a whole.

For more information about the club, please contact its current leaders, Karl Afrikian and Anastasia Kukunova. You can also see the list of former club leaders here, subscribe to the club newsletter here, and check out upcoming club events here.

Karl Afrikian is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy 2022 Candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on geopolitical risk in the post-Soviet space. Before Fletcher, Karl served in Peace Corps Ukraine as a Community Development Volunteer working in organizational development and HIV programming and policy making for LGBT individuals and people who inject drugs (PWIDs). Prior to that, he worked on the trades team at Brown Brothers Harriman for two years in Boston as a senior mutual fund accountant. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Russian Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South. He spent a semester at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. He later returned there to intern at PINK Armenia working to support LGBT equality in Armenia while also observing for human rights violations at the Electric Yerevan protests. Karl speaks English, Russian, Spanish, and intermediate Ukrainian.
Nastia Kukunova is a 2022 Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School concentrating in International Security Studies and Eurasian Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University in International Relations and European Studies in 2020. Nastia’s family immigrated from Russia and Ukraine, and her mixed Eastern European and American background inspired her to study International Relations as a teenager. Her interests include post-Soviet transitions, language politics, freedom of the press, and US-Russia relations. Nastia is fluent in Russian and English, and proficient in French, Spanish, and Ukrainian.