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Peter B. Doran, a 1999 graduate of Barrett Honors College, has been selected president and CEO of The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), based in Washington, D.C. Doran succeeds current president and co-founder A. Wess Mitchell, who has been nominated to be assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
Doran's interest in international policy dates back to his time as an undergraduate at Arizona State University in the late-1990s. His undergraduate honors thesis titled "In the Echo of Applause: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the West," was approved in December 1999 and focused on Solzhenitzyn, a Russian novelist, historian and critic of the Societ Union and communism. As part of his thesis Doran translated a 1970s era memo from a then seemingly minor KGB offical named Yuri Andropov about what the Politburo should do with Solzhenitsyn.
Doran received undergraduate degrees in history and the Russian language from ASU with honors from Barrett Honors College. Doran holds a master's degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies.
“I am excited that Peter will become CEPA’s next leader. He is uniquely talented and embodies the mission and culture that have existed at our institute since its founding,” said CEPA chairman and co-founder Larry Hirsch. “I have no doubt that he will be an important voice in support of American leadership in the transatlantic community.”
Doran, who previously served as CEPA’s executive vice president, has been instrumental in guiding the organization’s rapid growth and impact on the transatlantic policy debate. He brings to the position more than a decade of experience in think-tank management and policy analysis.
“Peter is a proven leader,” said Mitchell. “He is a veteran institution-builder and Atlanticist, and I know that CEPA will thrive under his leadership.”
Doran joined CEPA nine years ago. Previously, he served as CEPA’s vice president of research, managing the institute’s portfolio of analysis, publications and policy outreach. A recognized expert on Russia, Ukraine, transatlantic relations and energy security, Doran has published extensively on European defense and was instrumental in the establishment of the CEPA Forum—now Washington’s leading annual transatlantic security conference. His book on the rise of Russian oil, Breaking Rockefeller (Penguin), was published last year.
CEPA, with offices in Washington and Warsaw, is a nonprofit policy institute dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe. Since its creation in 2005, CEPA has grown rapidly to become a leading voice for strengthening security and democracy in the countries of post-communist Europe. The institute’s mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure and politically free Central and Eastern Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States. Through written analysis and public events, CEPA educates policymakers on the need for sustained engagement, helps transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes, and builds networks of future leaders.