The 2004-2005 program year marks the fourteenth year of the Kennan Institute's Robert H. Baraz Memorial Research Internship Program. This program was established in 1991 in honor of the late Robert Baraz, longtime Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State. Each year, the Kennan Institute recognizes the Research Assistant who has provided the most outstanding level of service for the year.

Sofia Plagakis has been selected as the Robert H. Baraz Memorial Intern for the 2004-05 program year. Ms. Plagakis received an M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University in 2003 and an earlier M.A. in History from Northern Illinois University in 2000. Prior to that, she earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Plagakis interned at the Kennan Institute with Title VIII Research Scholar Tatiana R. Zaharchenko, who was researching the different levels of access to information and opportunities to participate in political decisionmaking in several states of the former Soviet Union through the example of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (know as the Aarhus Convention). During her time at the Institute, Ms. Plagakis also served as a research assistant to Wilson Center Fellow John Lampe.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Robert H. Baraz Memorial Internship Program, please contact Summer Brown at 202-691-4274 or for more information.

Past Robert H. Baraz Memorial Interns:

Gina Ottoboni, 1991-92
Thomas Mahalek, 1992-93
Susanna Bolle, 1993-94
David Russell, 1994-95
Shana Hansell, 1995-96
Mark Webber, 1996-97
Kimberly Righter, 1997-98
Paul du Quenoy, 1998-99
Cynthia Neil, 1999-2000
Jon Kakasenko, 2000-2001
Olena Nikolayenko, 2001-02
Jane Buchanan, 2002-03
Adam Fuss, 2003-04