Nataliya Bugayova

Research Fellow (Russia)


Nataliya Bugayova is a Research Fellow on the Russia and Ukraine Portfolio at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Her work focuses on the Kremlin’s foreign policy decision-making and ongoing global campaigns. She was previously ISW’s Development Director from 2016-2019 and led the ISW Development Team in the planning of major events, including the ISW Security Conference.

Prior to ISW, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s independent English-language publication. she also formerly served as Chief of Staff to former Ukrainian Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta, appointed after the pro-democracy Euromaidan Revolution in February 2014. She also advised Minister Sheremeta on cooperation with international financial institutions, focusing primarily on the World Bank. She has worked on consulting projects with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and with Boston Consulting Group in Kyiv.

She obtained a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She was a student fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She earned her undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. 

Recent Publications:

Ukraine's New President: The Stakes for Ukraine and the West

Russia in Review: April 4 - 11, 2019

Russia's Long View on Ukraine's Elections

Russia in Review: March 1-18, 2019

Report - How We Got Here With Russia: The Kremlin's Worldview

The Kremlin’s Campaign in Africa

The Kremlin’s Campaign in Egypt

Why Russia’s Elections Matter So Much to Putin (

The Kremlin Targets Ukraine Through Hungary

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