WASHINGTON, October 2, 2017 – The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) has announced that Peter B. Doran has been named as its new President and CEO. Doran succeeds A. Wess Mitchell, who has been confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
"I am tremendously excited to have Peter as CEPA’s President. He embodies the mission and culture that have existed at CEPA since its founding," said CEPA Chairman and Co-Founder Larry Hirsch. "Everyone at CEPA, including myself, is also enormously proud that Wess Mitchell, my Co-Founder, has been confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State with responsibility for our Central European and Russian study regions. Wess is a man who combines high intelligence with great integrity. He is perfectly suited for his new position. CEPA has been dedicated since its founding to preparing foreign policy practitioners to provide insight into important policy matters from within and outside government. His confirmation demonstrates that CEPA continues to fulfill its mission."
Previously serving as CEPA’s Executive Vice President, Doran 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.
Doran joined CEPA nine years ago. Over this period, he has managed the institute’s growing portfolio of analysis, publications, and policy outreach. A recognized expert on Russia, Ukraine, European security, and transatlantic relations, 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.
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. He received undergraduate degrees from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, in History and the Russian language.
CEPA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-partisan public policy research institution dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe with offices in Washington and Warsaw. 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 and the public on the need for sustained engagement, helps transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes, and builds networks of future leaders.