Charles North is a senior advisor for the U.S. Institute of Peace focusing on Ukraine and Russia. North, a senior foreign service officer with the rank of career minister, joined USIP on detail from the U.S. Agency for International Development in October 2017.

Previously, North was the acting assistant administrator, 2014-2017, and senior deputy assistant administrator, 2013-2014, in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment. North served as mission director in Russia, overseeing a $60 million program from 2010 to 2013. He has also held various Washington leadership positions, including senior deputy director of USAID’s Afghanistan and Pakistan Task Force, and adviser to the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Asia. North served as director of the Policy Office in the Bureau for Policy and program coordination (2004- 2006), and as regional director for the Western Hemisphere in the State Department's Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance (2006-2008).

Over his career, North has spent more than 17 years working in Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan, Mozambique, El Salvador and Russia. North is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds master’s degrees in management from Yale University and in national security strategy from the National War College.

Publications By Charles

Russia’s War on Ukraine Roils the Orthodox Church

Russia’s War on Ukraine Roils the Orthodox Church

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

By: Charles North

Russia failed to anticipate that its invasion of Ukraine in 2014 would cost it one of its most powerful levers of influence over its neighbor: the formal authority of the Russian Orthodox Church over its Ukrainian counterpart. But it has done so, and that unintended consequence could lead to others: a decline in Russian influence within the Eastern Orthodox world, a deeper division in the Orthodox community—and even perhaps the largest schism in Christianity since 1054. The international community has a key role in determining how this unfolds and must act to ensure the worst scenarios don’t come to pass.

Religion

Charles North on Russia in Ukraine

Charles North on Russia in Ukraine

Thursday, November 1, 2018

By: Charles North

“In its fifth year, Russia's armed aggression in Ukraine's Donbas region has become a costly burden with little strategic benefit,” says Charles North. One possible exit ramp has emerged from recent negotiations: a U.N.-mandated peacekeeping operation to facilitate a peace process resulting in Russia’s departure from Donbas and the return of control to Ukraine.

Global Policy

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