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Daniel P. Vajdich is president of Yorktown Solutions, which provides a broad range of bespoke consulting services to institutional investors with global portfolios.
He was previously deputy foreign policy director to the presidential campaign of Governor Scott Walker. Before that Daniel worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he was in charge of Europe and Eurasia regional issues. He played a key role in drafting two pieces of legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. The bills authorized $350 million for the provision of lethal military assistance to Ukraine, imposed sanctions on Russia for its destabilization of Ukraine, and delivered $1 billion in loan guarantees to the Ukrainian government.
Prior to his time in the Senate, Daniel was a researcher in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute where he focused on the former Soviet Union and Middle East. He has lived in Russia and spent time as a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Center in Moscow where he examined Russian-Iranian economic relations, especially in the energy sphere. Daniel advised Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on the formation of policy toward Russia, Eastern Europe, and NATO.
Daniel is a Department of Defense National Security Education Program Boren fellow. He holds a BA from Tufts University and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Daniel speaks Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and has studied Farsi.