Emily Couch is a Program Assistant at the Europe program with the National Endowment for Democracy. She is also a former Staff Intern at the Kennan Institute. She recently completed a double Master’s degree in Russian & East European Studies at University College London and the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). She has just returned from a year living in Russia where, in addition to her degree, she interned with independent Russian pollster, The Levada Center. Earlier this year, she defended her thesis entitled The Inter-regional Diffusion of Russian Protest Repertoires in a Trans-National Context, 2008 – Present. Her articles have been published by news outlets including The Moscow Times and The Calvert Journal.