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By on December 28, 2014

Edward Lucas To Serve As CEPA Senior Vice President

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2014 – The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is pleased to announce that Edward Lucas has been named a Senior Vice President of the organization. In his new role, Lucas will strengthen CEPA’s strategic planning and policy outreach. He previously served as Senior Fellow and Contributing Editor at CEPA.

“Edward’s expertise and commitment to Atlanticism have been invaluable contributions to CEPA’s mission over the years,” said CEPA President Wess Mitchell. “As one of the most respected voices on transatlantic affairs, his unrivaled knowledge of the policy landscape will bolster CEPA’s efforts to ensure that U.S.-Central European ties are strong and enduring.”

Mr. Lucas has a distinguished career as an author and foreign correspondent. For over twenty years, Lucas has written extensively on political and economic trends in Central Europe, the Baltic states, Germany and Russia, specializing lately in energy, intelligence and cyber-security. He currently serves as the Energy, Commodities and Natural Resources Editor at The Economist. In 2007 he wrote The New Cold War, a prescient and best-selling indictment of Vladimir Putin’s regime in Russia. In 2011 he published Deception, an investigative account of east-west espionage. A skilled broadcaster and public speaker, Lucas has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities. He is a regular contributor to the BBC’s flagship radio and television programs, and to NPR, CNN and Sky News. He speaks several languages including German, Russian and Polish.

CEPA is the only U.S. think-tank dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe. Over the past decade, it has grown rapidly to become the leading Washington-based voice for strengthening security and democracy in the countries of post-Communist Europe. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, CEPA is launching new initiatives to strengthen strategic thinking and people-to-people contacts in U.S.-Central European relations. As Senior Vice President at CEPA, Lucas will support this effort.

Since its creation in 2005, CEPA has been at the forefront of the transatlantic policy debate on issues of defense, energy and democratic reform in Central and Eastern Europe. Its mission is to promote an economically vibrant, geopolitically stable and politically free Central European region with close and enduring ties to the United States. CEPA educates American policymakers about the importance of Central Europe to U.S. foreign policy; fosters networks of mid-career Atlanticists; holds annual seminars in Warsaw, Bucharest and Prague; publishes more than 100 policy papers annually; and convenes the U.S.-Central Europe Strategy Forum – the largest gathering of Atlanticist experts and policymakers in the United States. CEPA’s institutional reach extends throughout the CEE region via an extensive network of 15 partner institutes, affiliates, and cooperating civil society organizations.