Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
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New book by Professor Henry E. Hale: Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective. This work proposes a new way of understanding events throughout the world that are usually interpreted as democratization, rising authoritarianism, or revolution. Containing in-depth narratives of the post-1991 political history of post-Soviet polities, this book also has chapters on czarist history, the Soviet era, and contemporary global patterns.
"Patronal Politics explains more about the trajectories of post-Soviet societies than anything else on the market.” - Kimberly Marten, Columbia University.
“The realism of his approach is bracing. The model is elegant. The empirical research is rich and compelling.” - PaulD'Anieri, University of California, Riverside.
"This is a path-breaking study.” - Vladimir Gel'man, European University at St. Petersburg, and the University of Helsinki.
A video of our recent event Reporting from the Frontlines in Ukraine is available to watch online.
Professor Hope Harrison's reflections on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall have been included on the International Spy Museum's blog.
The fall issue of the IERES newsletter is now available online and features an article about the current crisis in Ukraine and the role of political parties therein; a review of a festschrift in honor of our late colleague, Carl Linden; and other information about PONARS conferences, the PPSSW Workshop Series, the European Politics Speakers Series, and a new refereed scholarly journal published by our Central Asia Program. As usual, the newsletter also contains information on our members' recent publications, on visiting scholars, and on forthcoming events.
The Fall 2014 issue of Demokratizatsiya focuses on the process of authoritarian modernization in contemporary Russia. The introductory essay by Vladimir Gel'man provides a general overview of Russia's political evolution. The subsequent articles examine the current state of social welfare, the environmental movement, regional policy, efforts to promote high-tech advances, and the role of the Chechen wars in Russia's democratization process.
Explore the dozens of insightful policy memos from the PONARS Eurasia annual conference. Also see exclusive features and commentary about the latest developments in Ukraine. Based at IERES, the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) is a network of over 100 leading academics connecting scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia.
The Central Asia Program is excited to announce the launch of a new journal, Central Asian Affairs. Central Asian Affairs is a peer-reviewed journal that is published three times per year. It aims to feature innovative social science research on contemporary developments in the wider Central Asian region and raise the standards of scholarship for Central Eurasian Studies. For more information on submitting a manuscript click here.
The Central Asia Program at IERES has been awarded a $270,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion & International Affairs. The grant will support a new Central Eurasia – Religion in International Affairs (CERIA) initiative. CERIA aims to become a platform of knowledge on religion in the wider Central Asian region, and will investigate religion as a 'societal shaper' that has broader implications in shaping politics, security, economy, nation-building and culture. Using this approach, CERIA hopes to contribute to a broader discussion on the role of religion in international affairs.
Anarchy, Identity, and the Causes of the War in Ukraine
January 30, 2015
First Bolashak Seminar
January 30, 2015
State, Shrine, and Sacred Lineage in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan
Feburary 3, 2015
Professor Harris Mylonas was interviewed by Bulgarian newspaper Presa about Greek elections, and he and Akis Georgakellos wrote a report on the elections in the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage.
Professor Marlene Laruelle published a paper in the Russian Analytical Digest on Central Asian nations' reactions to the crisis in Ukraine.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, a visiting scholar at the Institute from 2002-2003, was recently elected president of Croatia.
Professor Henry Hale was interviewed about his new book Patronal Politics on the Scholars' Circle radio show.
Professor Harris Mylonas was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about the political situation in Greece.
Professor Peter Rollberg, IERES director, was quoted in the New York Times' review of Andrey Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan."
Professor Henry Hale was interviewed by CNN on Putin's popular support.
Professor Peter Rollberg was interviewed by BuzzFeedNews about Johnson's Russia List, which is published through IERES. The article was reprinted by the Ukrainian service StopFake.org
Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article on increasing media censorship in Russia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's policy-drivers in the Arctic.
Professor Eliot Sorel analyzes recent presidential elections in Romania.
Professor Marlene Laruelle's paper on Russia's policy towards Central Asia published in EUCAM.
Associate Director Cory Welt analyzes the current Georgian political climate in Foreign Policy.
Professor Hope Harrison authors an article in The Washington Post about five myths surrounding the Berlin Wall and another article in The Wilson Quarterly about German perspectives on the fall of the Wall. Read the articles here and here. In addition, a German-language article of hers devoted to the fall of the Wall recently appeared in the Berlin Tagesspiegel, and she was recently filmed in a video created by the US Embassy in Germany where she explains the building and fall of the Berlin Wall.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times about Ukraine's recent elections.
Participants in a recent conference Central Asia Program speakers quoted by Al Jazeera on Uyghur affairs.
Professor Marlene Laruelle authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on Russian nationalism and Eastern Ukraine.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes a policy memo for PONARS on the Kremlin's views on Russia's European identity.