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Russia/Ukraine/Eurasian Affairs

Special Assistant to
the President and Senior Director

The Russia, Ukraine and Eurasian Affairs Office advises the President and the National Security Advisor on all aspects of U.S. foreign and security policy regarding Russia, Ukraine and the other New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).

The United States wants the NIS to develop as stable, democratic, market-oriented and outward-looking states, secure in their borders and at peace with their neighbors. In addition to advising the President and the National Security Advisor on U.S. bilateral relationships with these countries, the Office focuses on:

  • Reducing former Soviet nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction;
  • Supporting the political and legal reforms necessary for democratic systems and the macroeconomic and structural reforms critical to competitive market economies;
  • Increasing market access for U.S. goods and services and encouraging a business environment conducive to mutually beneficial private investment;
  • Promoting stable and cooperative relations among the NIS and their integration into global political and economic institutions;
  • Promoting the development of Caspian energy reserves and the diversification of regional pipeline networks; and
  • Facilitating conflict resolution such as in Nagorno-Karabakh and Tajikistan.

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