Central Asia-Caucasus Institute
"Engaging Post-Turkmenbashi Turkmenistan"
March 15, 2007
former NSC Director for Central Asia
Thursday, March 15
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 806
David A. Merkel served as Director for Aegean, Caucasus and
Central Asian Affairs on the National Security Council in the White
House from June 2005-February 2007. Previously he was appointed by
President George W. Bush as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
responsible for International Affairs and Congressional Relations where
he received the Exceptional Service Award, the Treasury Department's
second highest award. Earlier he was Senior Professional Staff Member
for Europe and Eurasia at the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee responsible for NATO Enlargement, the Moscow
Treaty, increased involvement in Central Asia and the South Caucasus
and other European issues. Before joining the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee he was a member of the Leadership staff as Senior Foreign and
Defense Policy Advisor for the House Policy Committee, chaired by
Congressman Christopher Cox (R-CA). Mr. Merkel served as principle
author and editor of the Speaker's Advisory Group on Russia Report,
established by Speaker Hastert to report on US-Russia relations and to
provide policy recommendations. David Merkel has been a director with
the Eurasia Foundation, and an Election Analyst with the Joint
Election Observation Mission Tajikistan. Mr. Merkel is a member of the
Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for
Strategic Studies, London.
Please note that seating for this event is limited to 60 people.
Refreshments will be served at 5 pm.
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The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute was founded in 1996 and has grown to be the primary institution in the Washington area for the study of the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Caspian Region. The Institute forms part of a Joint Center with the silk Road Studies Program, Uppsala University. The Institute sponsors impartial research on the region, acts as a forum for policymakers both in Washington and abroad, shares information concerning the region and provides access for its sponsors in business to relevant expertise on the region. Additional information about the Institute is available at www.silkroadstudies.org.