Jacob Levitan is a Programs Assistant with the Caspian Policy Center’s Politics and Security Program. He is a 2018 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a major in International and Area Studies with a Eurasian Concentration and minor in Russian Language and Literature. He was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders program in his Freshman year. In his sophomore year he was competitively selected to participate in a course titled “The Meaning of National Security in the 21st-Century” with Fudan University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Washington University in St. Louis. The course concluded with a three-day national security conference at Fudan University in Shanghai. At a panel during the 2016 Central Slavic Conference, he presented a research paper titled “Nomads, Europeans, or Something Else: The Russian Question Explained Through the Great Game.” In the spring semester of 2017, he spent a semester studying at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. He spent the following summer conducting research across Russia after winning a Summer Undergraduate Research Award from Washington University in St. Louis. He presented his project, titled “Russky vs Rossissky: Negotiating Between an Ethnic and Imperial Identity” at the 2017 Fall Semester Undergraduate Research Symposium, which he then presented on a panel at the 2017 Central Slavic Conference. Jacob Levitan also spent six months, from 2019 to 2020, teaching English at Eurasian National University named after Lev Gumilyev in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Prior to joining the Caspian Policy Center, Jacob Levitan has interned at Eurasia Foundation, the Kennan Institute, and the American Foreign Policy Council.