Sergei Konoplyov is Director of the Harvard Black Sea Regional Security Program and Executive Director of the US-Russia Security Program. He served as Acting Director of the EurasiaFoundation or Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in 1994-1996. A former officer of the Soviet Armed Forces, Sergei served in several military missions in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia. A graduate of the Moscow Military Institute, he also holds a degree from Kyrgyz University in Journalism (Cum Laude) and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. Since 1998 he has been a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (London). He is also a NATO Fellow and received his Ph.D. at the Kiev Institute for International Relations. Since 2000 Sergei has served as Assistant to the Head of the National Security Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament.