Nataliya Bugayova

Non-Resident Russia Fellow


Nataliya Bugayova is a non-resident Russia Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Nataliya led ISW's Russia and Ukraine research team from 2019-2020 and has been ISW’s Russia Fellow since 2018. Her work focuses on the Kremlin’s foreign policy decision-making, information operations, and ongoing global campaigns - including in the former Soviet Union and Africa. 

Nataliya is the author of “How We Got Here with Russia: The Kremlin’s Worldview” and "Putin's Offset: The Kremlin's Geopolitical Adaptations Since 2014." Her written work and interviews have been featured in media outlets including Foreign Policy, PBS NewsHour, NBC News, Fox News, The Hill, BBC, Voice of America, and others. As ISW’s Development Director from 2016-2019, she also led growth efforts and planning for major events, including the ISW Security Conference. 

Nataliya currently serves as the Director of Strategic Insight at a technology company Vertical Knowledge- a global collections platform for publicly available information. Prior to ISW, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s independent English-language publication. She also served as Chief of Staff and Adviser on cooperation with international financial institutions to former Ukrainian Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta, who was appointed after the pro-democracy Euromaidan Revolution in February 2014. 

She holds a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a student fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

ISW Publications:

Reframing the US Policy Debate on a 'Long War' In Ukraine, April 27, 2023

Testimony to the European Parliament, April 8, 2022

The Risks of a Russian Ceasefire Offer, March 31, 2022

Strategic Misdirection: An Alternate Framework for Understanding Russia's Play in Ukraine, December 2021

Putin's Offset: The Kremlin's Geopolitical Adaptations Since 2014, September 2020

Vladimir Putin's Staged Power Play, January 31, 2020 

The Kremlin’s Expanding Media Conglomerate, January 15, 2020

The Kremlin's Campaign in Africa: Assessment Update, August 23, 2019

How We Got Here With Russia: The Kremlin's Worldview, March 2019

External Publications:

The Window To Expel Russia From Ukraine Is NowForeign Policy, May 19, 2022

Follow Nataliya on Twitter: @nataliabugayova

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