Martha Brill Olcott

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Martha Brill Olcott
Born 1949
Residence Washington, D.C.
Education SUNY-Buffalo B.A. 1970
University of Chicago M.A. 1973, Ph.D. 1978
Occupation political scientist

Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment, Washington, D.C..

Government of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan
Known for expert in Central Asia, Russia and Eurasia, the Caspian region, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, ethnicity, terrorism, oil and gas policy, natural resources, democracy, U.S.-Russia relations, foreign and humanitarian aid, and Islam
Title senior associate
Board member of Central Asian American Enterprise Fund, 1994-2000, Vice Chairman 1999
Spouse(s) m. Anthony C Olcott July 5, 1975
Children Alison
Hillary[citation needed]
Website "Martha Brill Olcott". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 

Martha Brill Olcott (born 1949) is a leading U.S. expert on Central Asia and the Caspian. She is a senior associate with the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, co-directing the Carnegie Moscow Center's Project on Ethnicity and Politics in the former Soviet Union. She taught political science at Colgate University from 1975 until 1998. She joined the Carnegie Foundation in 1995. She previously served as a special consultant to Acting United States Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger and as director of the Central Asian American Enterprise Fund.[4][5]

She received her graduate degrees from the University of Chicago.


She has criticized the amount of aid the U.S. government gives to Central Asian entities, saying, "The United States has had declining influence in the area and this isn't going to stop it [the decline]." She also says the government focuses too much on Afghanistan.[4]

Olcott has commented on the effects of the global financial crisis on Central Asia. She has indicated her support for economic development to continue here as an extension of economic integration with Russia and China, as well as an increase in aid and investment from international financial institutions.[6]


(links to Google Books)


  1. ^ "Martha Olcott". Directory of American Scholars (Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Gale. 2002. Gale Document Number: GALE|K1612540830. Retrieved 2011-09-07.  Gale Biography In Context.
  2. ^ "Martha Olcott". Faculty Directory. Colgate University. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Olcott". Contemporary Authors Online (Fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Detroit: Gale. 2006. Gale Document Number: GALE|H1000074447. Retrieved 2011-09-07.  Gale Biography In Context.
  4. ^ a b US aid to Central Asia: "The rhetoric and the numbers are at odds with one another" EurasiaNet
  5. ^ Kazakhstan: Unfulfilled Promise, About the Author Google Books
  6. ^ Asia's Overlooked Middle, Martha Brill Olcott, "International Economics Bulletin", June 2009.