Team

Justin Burke, Publisher & Executive Director
Justin founded Eurasianet in 1999 and served as managing editor until late 2017. He was a Moscow correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in the early 1990s and then a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Justin got his start in journalism in the late-1980s with the Associated Press in Detroit.

Joshua Kucera, Turkey & Caucasus Editor @joshuakucera
Joshua has written for Eurasianet since 2007, and also has written about the Caucasus and Central Asia for Slate, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, and other publications. He is a former staff reporter for Jane's Defence Weekly and the Associated Press.

Ayder Kurtiev, Russia Editor
Ayder joined Eurasianet in 2002, initially as a coordinator and translator. He has worked for Internews, one of the world's largest media-support NGOs; was a regular contributor for 77WABC, New York’s top-rated talk radio station; and has worked with several other international media outlets.

Peter Leonard, Central Asia Editor @Peter__Leonard
Peter has been Eurasianet’s Central Asia editor since 2015. Prior to that he worked as Ukraine bureau chief for the Associated Press (AP). Between 2009 and 2013, he served as Central Asia correspondent for the AP. Peter speaks Russian, Italian, Maltese, passable French and very basic Tajik.

David Trilling, Managing Editor @dtrilling
David has been Eurasianet’s managing editor since early 2018. From 2008 to 2015 he was Central Asia editor. He is a former correspondent for The Economist and was a 2016 Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University. In the early 2000s, David helped build a network of community radio stations in Afghanistan.

Senior Contributors:

Sam Bhutia @sam_bhutia
Nurjamal Djanibekova @nurjamald
Joanna Lillis @joannalillis
Giorgi Lomsadze @georgelomsadze
Ani Mejlumyan @MejlumyanAni 
Chris Rickleton @ChrisRickleton
Durna Safarova @DurnaSafarova

Eurasianet also works closely with several contributors who publish anonymously for their safety.