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Олексій Гарань,
Науковий директор Школи політичної аналітики, проф. політології НаУКМА

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1959. Olexiy Haran graduated from the Department of International Relations, Kyiv University in 1981, received his kandydat degree in International Relations in 1985 and doctor degree in Contemporary History in 1996.

In 1985-1991, researcher at the Institute of History, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. In 1991-94, he was Dean and organizer of the Faculty of Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and History) and the first head of the Political Science Department at the reborn University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (UKMA). In this capacity he contributed to the introduction of the liberal arts education at UKMA. He was the first to teach Comparative Politics at Ukrainian Universities. Since 1998, Haran was both Professor of Political Science and Director of the UKMA Center for National Security Studies, since 2002 – Founding Director of the UKMA School for Policy Analysis.

From December 2004 to October 2006, he served as the Eurasia Foundation’s Regional Vice President for Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova.

Dr. Haran is the author of books To Kill the Dragon: From the History of Rukh and New Political Parties of Ukraine (1993) and Transatlantic Debates: The Turn of Western Europe to D?tente and the Position of the USA (1990), editor of The Multi-Party System in Ukraine (1991) and co-editor of Formation of the Branches of Power in Ukraine (1997), The Ukrainian Left: Between Leninism and Social Democracy (2000) and Russia and Ukraine: Ten Years of Transformation (Moscow 2003).

For four years in a row Dr. Haran edited the report on Ukraine for annual Freedom House’s edition Nations in Transit which covers mass media, civil society, governance, corruption, constitutional, legislative, and judicial framework. He contributed to the report More than Neighbours: The Enlarged EU and Ukraine, prepared by international collective of authors and presented in 2004 in Brussels, London, Bratislava, Warsaw, and Kyiv. In 2004 he was the head of the group, which prepared needs assessment for the World Bank’s project Ukraine – Equal Access to Quality Education.

Dr. Haran has delivered guest lectures on different aspects of Ukrainian politics at Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, Stanford Universities, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Brookings Institution, RAND, University of Toronto, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, School for Slavonic and East European Studies (London) etc. His papers and policy memos were published at Kennedy School of Government, Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC), Federal Institute for East European Studies (Cologne). He contributed to The Baltimore Sun, Gazeta Wyborcza, The Ukrainian Weekly, The Kyiv Post, provided consulting for The Economist and in 1996-1997 participated in the creation of Ukrainian newspaper Den’. Since 1989 Haran has been providing consulting for electoral campaigns, political, economic, and media players.

Dr. Haran is a member of the Working Group of the Presidential Secretariat on the Public Officials Education and Trainings; Consultative Board of the NGOs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; Washington-based Program on New Approaches to Russian Security, and he serves on the advisory board of Demokratizatsiya. The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization (Washington, DC). Before 2005 he was a member of Public Advisory Board under President of Ukraine and served on the advisory boards of the Kennan Institute and of various journals, including and Pro et Contra (Moscow)