Candidate for Master of Global Policy (2007-2010) in Security, Law, and Diplomacy, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Recipient of LBJ Fellowship
  • Thesis: War Initiation by Weaker Powers: Georgia-Russia War 2008; Dr. Joshua Busby, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Candidate for Master of Arts (2007-2010) in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Arts (2004-2006) in Journalism, Hawai`i Pacific University in Honolulu, HI

  • Recipient of HPU Academic Scholarship
  • Graduated Cum Laude, recipient of Dean’s List 2004, 2005, 2006


University of Cape Town (May-June 2010) in Cape Town, South Africa

  • Took course on Governance Challenges in South Africa, with UT professors Busby and Gholz

American University in Central Asia (2002-2004) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

  • Recipient of AUCA Academic Scholarship
  • Earned 54 credits towards a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism


General Research Assistant (Present) for Dr. Francis Gavin, LBJ School of Public Affairs,

The University of Texas at Austin

  • Perform research on Berlin Crisis for Dr. Gavin’s paper that will be presented at a conference on nuclear proliferation organized by Center for Security Studies (CSS) ETH in Zurich

Intern (Fall 2009) at Strategic Forecasting (STRATFOR) in Austin, TX

  • Interned for Africa and Research Departments working on projects such as South African Military Assessment, Central Asian Energy, and Angola’s rising profile in the region
  • Monitored News
  • Updated Yemen and Pakistan attack databases

Intern (Fall 2008) at NBC Universal, MSNBC Research Department in New York, NY

  • Ran and analyzed reports on rankings using Nielsen Media Research data

Editor, Writer (Summer 2008) of Kalamalama Newspaper in Honolulu, HI

  • Wrote weekly op-ed articles on 2008 presidential elections and American foreign policy
  • Performed duties of senior editor for the opinion section

(Articles available online: https://cherkasova.wordpress.com.)

Task Force Group Co-chair: “US-Russia Relations” (Spring 2008) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX

  • Wrote and chaired the section on history of U.S. Foreign Policy

(A copy of the report is available upon request.)

Co-author of Campaign Analysis (Fall 2007- Spring 2008) of “The Strait of Hormuz: Political-Military Analysis of Threats to Oil Flows,” National Intelligence Council and Strauss Center for International Law and Security at UT-Austin

  • Performed research on torpedoes and missiles, global oil markets, Russia-Iran-US Relations
  • Put together first formal draft of the campaign analysis

(Project available online: http://hormuz.robertstrausscenter.org; a printed copy of the report is     available upon request.)

General Research Assistant (Summer 2007) for Dr. Francis Gavin, LBJ School of Public Affairs,

The University of Texas at Austin

  • Performed research on Central Asian region and geopolitics of its energy resources

Education/Public Policy Intern (March- June 2007) at the Austin Chamber of Commerce in Austin, TX

  • Assisted the Education Progress Report Task Force, designed to help public schools improve performance

Reporter (Dec 2005– Aug 2006) at Honolulu Municipal TV Station (HMTV) in Honolulu, HI

  • Reported and wrote on major events taking place in City and County of Honolulu

Production Technician (May 2005– Aug 2006) at Public Television (PBS Hawaii) in Honolulu, HI

  • Performed duties of technical director, floor director, and camera operator

Host and Presenter (2001- 2003) for TV program “Generation X” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

  • Hosted TV show, wrote scripts of episodes
  • Reported on problematic issues related to teenagers in Kyrgyzstan

Reporter, Deputy Director (2002-2003) for Film on Urbanization of Rural Kyrgyzstan at the American University in Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan

  • Traveled and filmed outlying regions of Kyrgyzstan for a documentary series
  • Conducted interviews of local government officials and wrote the film script

Reporter (2001-2002) for CNN Student Bureau in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

  • Made short films about children in orphanages
  • Attended School of Cinematography, studied under an award-winning director (E. Katelnikov) at InterNews School of Journalism, and attended UNICEF annual meeting


  • LBJ Journal – published 4 op-ed articles related to the U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics (Available online at http://www.lbjjournal.com/)


  • Languages: English and Russian (Fluent)

Ukrainian and Kyrgyz (Conversational)

Other Slavonic languages (Basic understanding)

  • Computer: Microsoft Office, Quark Express, PageMaker, Nielsen Media Research


  • Member of American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (2010-present)
  • Member of Friends of the LBJ Library (2010-present)
  • Member of Texas Tribune (2010-present)
  • Member of The National Scholars Honor Society (2007-present)
  • Member of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society  (2006-present)
  • Member of International Tennis Federation (2003-present)

4 responses to “ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  1. Peter Sombooncharoen

    Dear Anna,
    Having read your articles, they are all good and interesting. In my opinion, you look at the situation with the optimistic point of view. I might put you as a dove than hawk. I just wonder if the people in the Pentagon would agree with your idea to connect with Iran. So far by the opinion of many academicians, Iran still plays an important role in geopolitic in the region. Russia still eyes over Iran as a gate to get through warm water in the Gulf. If Russia has done so with any tricks, the US would never feel comfortable. I guess may be some of the brass in the Pentagon might have anticipated with the plan for Iran already. That’s why negotiation with Iran hardly see as a top priority.

  2. Hi there, Dear Anna. Like your articles and views. keep writing!

  3. I’m glad I stumbled on your blog and look forward to hearing your opinions on the situations in Kyrgyzstan and Georgia as they continue to unfold and come to light.

    • Anna Cherkasova

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I will post something on Kyrgyzstan in a couple of weeks.

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