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Marsha McGraw Olive

Adjunct Lecturer


Marsha McGraw Olive is an expert on international development and the political economy of Eurasia.  She is a retired World Bank manager and former Senior Vice President of the Eurasia Foundation.  She led strategy and operations in several countries of the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank, including Russia and Tajikistan, where she served as Country Manager with the rank of Ambassador.  In her earlier career, Marsha worked as a Soviet officer in the State Department and co-edited Nuclear Weapons in Europe: Modernization and Limitation.  Her field work and research has focused on governance, institutional development and land rights in Eurasia and Turkey.  She most recently served as a Visiting Professor of International Political Economy at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul. She earned her PhD in International Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS (2015).



  • Eastern Europe
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan


  • Political Economy & Development
  • International Political Economy


  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian

In the News

Uzbekistan rising as Central Asian integration catalyst.

Marsha McGraw Olive wrote for Eurasianet, 02/08

Nuclear weapons in Europe and the collapse of arms control

Marsha Olive wrote for SAIS Review of International Affairs, 4/17