Program Officer, Russian Studies
Nicholas Detsch has spent more than 12 years in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia and Ukraine, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan in 2002. He was Chief of Party for the Civil Society Support Project in Russia, Head of Democratization for the OSCE in Azerbaijan, and spent 3 years with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine where he was in the first group of permanent monitors deployed to Ukraine by the OSCE in March 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree with departmental honors in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and his master’s degree in International Relations from the Freie and Humboldt Universities in Berlin, during which time he also spent a semester at MGIMO. Nicholas was born and raised in a German-speaking household in a small town in Nebraska and is married with 3 children.