Arik Burakovsky


The Fletcher School at Tufts University
Class of 2017


Arik Burakovsky is currently a master’s student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he is concentrating on International Security Studies and International Information and Communication. His interests include the political role of the international media, soft power, strategic communication, terrorism and counterterrorism, information warfare, postcommunist countries, and U.S.Russia relations. He recently interned in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy Moscow and studied the Polish language and culture as a Boren Fellow at the University of Warsaw in Poland.

Arik earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Film Studies at the University of California, San Diego, where he composed an undergraduate thesis on the determinants of terrorist attack publicity. Prior to starting his graduate studies, he worked to improve public regulation and health information exchange in New Mexico, focused on foreign affairs in the U.S. Senate, and taught English in Omsk, Russia through the Fulbright Program. Upon completing his graduate education, he aspires to pursue a career in public diplomacy for the U.S. Federal Government.

While Arik was born in Afula, Israel and has a Ukrainian Jewish heritage, he grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico.