Max Vani is a Master’s Degree candidate in Russian and East European Studies at Harvard University. He received his undergraduate education in international relations at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, where he focused on international security issues. Max’s current academic research involves a comparative analysis of Russia’s relations with the four Visegrad Group countries – Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. He examines how the unique political, social, economic, and historical aspects of individual Visegrad countries account for differences in their approach to Russia. As part of his research Max also seeks to ascertain the extent to which Moscow’s increasingly strong ties with select Visegrad countries may affect transatlantic relations.