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The Winter 2016 issue of Demokratizatsiya contains a special section devoted to the first year anniversary of Boris Nemtsov's assassination. The articles provide a detailed political biography of Nemtsov, views from various people who knew him, and analyses of his role as a provincial intellectual, campaigner, and critic of the Sochi Olympics. The issue also contains an article analyzing the role of the oligarchs in Ukrainian politics. 

The PONARS program's recent event "Putin and Putinism Two Years after Euromaidan" - featuring Nikolay Petrov (Center for Political-Geographic Research) and Brian Taylor (Syracuse University) - was broadcast on C-SPAN. You can enjoy the coverage here.

IERES is proud to announce the opening of the exhibit "Old Patterns, New Order: Socialist Realism in Central Asia” at the GWU Textile Museum! The exhibit is free of charge and runs until May 29, 2016. A review of the exhibit from the Washington Diplomat can be found here.

The new journal Counterpoint, published by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, is now online!

IERES will be hosting the Central Eurasian Studies Society's 16th annual conference from October 15 to October 18, 2015. Attendees will need to register here.

Discussions with directors Shukhrat Abbasov and Ayub Shahobiddinov from the Central Asia Program's Uzbek Cinema Week are now available online.

GWToday recently published an article about IERES' event "The History and Politics of the Armenian Genocide after 100 Years." The article can be found here.

Professor Marlene Laruelle recently wrote two edited volumes: Eurasianism and the European Far Right and Between Europe and Asia: The Origins, theories, and Legacies of Russian Eurasianism.

“Marlene Laruelle has assembled an impressive team of authors who show that Alexander Dugin’s Eurasianism is best understood as an offshoot of the European Far Right, and not as a product of Russia’s distinctive cultural heritage.”
—Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University

“This collection contributes significantly to the burgeoning international field of comparative fascism studies, and also allows some of the inner metapolitical logic of Putin’s foreign policy to become transparent and intelligible. An important book which should be read by all those who claim to be experts on the machinations of contemporary Russia, and which finally puts some substance into vapid discussions of its ‘fascism.’”
—Roger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University

This book (co-edited with Mark Bassin and Sergey Glebov) analyzes the origins and development of Eurasianism, an intellectual movement that proclaimed the existence of Eurasia, a separate civilization coinciding with the former Russian Empire. The essays explore the historical roots, the heyday of the movement in the 1920s, and the afterlife of the movement in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. 

“A superb collection and brilliant achievement. Each chapter builds on previous ones to provide an original and path-breaking study of the very complex movement that we call ‘Eurasianism.’ Undoubtedly a landmark publishing event in the field.” —Richard Sakwa, University of Kent

“An innovative, well rounded volume that will certainly occupy a prominent place in the literature on the Eurasianist movement.” —Nathaniel Knight, Seton Hall University

A video of a recent panel that IERES co-sponsored with the Center on Global Interests (2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Political, Economic, and Social Implications) was broadcast on C-SPAN! You can enjoy the panel here.

Professor Eliot Sorel, Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), recently helped issue a statement on collaborative and integrated care. The statement's text can be found here.


newsletterIERES' spring 2015 newsletter is now available online! It contains information about faculty's involvement in events marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall ; the Bolashak program ; a PONARS conference in Abu Dhabi ; recent faculty publications ; information and testimony from our visiting scholars ; and much more.




On June 4 and 5, 2015, GWU hosted its annual "Promoting Arctic Urban Sustainability in Russia" conference. Agendas and presentations from the conference can be found here.











The Spring 2015 edition of Demokratizatsiya is now available on iPad! Please click here to download.

wandwOne of the participants in our Central Asia Program's "Women and Water in Central and South Asia" project was selected to share her narratives in the "Water for Life Voices" exhibit at UN headquarters in New York City.


Caption: "We feel at the end that we have done a great job. And we feel our village is better than the city because city people have to queue to get water, from morning to evening. When we want to use [water], we now we feel proud." Urmila, Women and Water in Central and South Asia, India



GWU Professors Peter Rollberg & Eliot Sorel with Ukrainian Parliamentarian Mustafa NAYYEM, IERES students & faculty at the World Youth Democracy Forum (WYDF) on Friday 13 February 2015. This was the WYDF's 8th edition. It was a most spirited and enlightening one. A video of the event can be found here

What do the experts have to say about Ukraine? IERES' "Ukraine One On One" series asked Stephen Nix (IRI), Olga Onuch (University of Manchester), and John O'Loughlin (University of Colorado) their opinions on the current socio-political situation in the country. Their filmed responses on such topics as "What do Ukrainians Think," "Who was on the Euromaidan," and "How Important is Language in Ukraine," are now available to view online.

Patronal PoliticsNew 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.

PONARSlogoExplore 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.

Call for Papers: Central Asian Affairs

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. 


Public and State Responses to ISIS Messaging in Central Asia
February 18, 2016

Trends in Russian Public Opinion Under Putin: New Findings
February 22, 2016

The Fight for Followers: Muslimness and Authenticity in Tajikistan
February 24, 2016

Cinema Club Film Screening: Tahir and Zuhra (1946)
February 25, 2016

The Culture of Memory and Commemoration in Contemporary Russia
February 26, 2016

Cinema Club Film Screening: My Name is Kozha (1963)
March 24, 2016

Regional Disparities in Kazakhstan
March 30, 2016

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Professor Eliot Sorel releases a new Global Mental Health and Psychiatry Newsletter as part of the Career, Leadership and Mentorship Program.

Nominations for the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award will be accepted through June 1, 2016. More details can be found here.

Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in recent Washington Post piece on Donald Trump.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article on political developments in Greece in 2014 for the European Journal of Political Research.

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes paper on Russian nationalism for PONARS.

Professor Eliot Sorel writes op-ed piece entitled "Health, Education, Development, and Global Security."

Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in Wall Street Journal article on elections within Greece's opposition party.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article for Eurasian Geography and Economics entitled "The US Silk Road: Geopolitical Imaginary or the Repackaging of Strategic Interests" (not available online) and co-authors study "From Paris to Vladivostok: The Kremlin Connections of the French Far-Right."

Professor Henry Hale writes article on nationalism and cynism in politics (in Russian) for the IERES-sponsored journal Kontrapunkt.

Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in Washington Post's Monkey Cage in a post about Syria.

Professor Robert Orttung writes a guest blog for Resurgent Dictatorship: The Global Assault on Democracy.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse co-authors articlein the November 2015 issue of Eurasian Geography and Economics entitled "Central Asia: the New Silk Road Initiative's Questionable Economic Rationality Rationality."

Professor Robert Orttung to be principal investigator of a multi-disciplinary project "Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic," supported by the National Science Foundation and meant to assess the consequences of human activities in the region across a number of important dimensions.

Professor Robert Orttung featured in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog regarding Russia's media strategy and interviewed by the Institute of Modern Russia on effects of Russia's declining economy.

Professor Cory Welt writes a policy memo for PONARS Eurasia on media freedom and rule of law in Georgia.

Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor Hope Harrison recently interviewed by Deutsche Welle on US-West German relations under Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on entitled "Examining Kazakhstan's Religions Contradiction."

Professor Harris Mylonas reviews Kostis Kornetis' Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece in the American Historical Review.

Professor Oleh Havrylyshyn publishes two articles: one on economic reform in Ukraine, another on transition in Ukraine.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article with Keith Darden about why - and how - some countries are more linguistically homogenous than others.

Associate Dean Hope M. Harrison writes article on twenty-five years of German unification for the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

Professor Eliot Sorel's publication Total Health for All is included in the ceremonial World Mental Health Day Volume to be observed October 10th.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse interviewed about Turkmenistan on the Steppe Dispatches website.

Professor Harris Mylonas reviews Onur Yıldırım's Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations, 1922–1934 in the Journal of Cold War Studies.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes article (in Russian) on governments' responses to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Central Asia.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on the perspectives and limits of Chinese-US competition, using Kazakhstan as a case study.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes new article on nation building in Social Science Quarterly.

Professor Harris Mylonas co-authored a post with Akis Georgakellos in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog about upcoming elections in Greece.

Professor Harris Mylonas co-authored a policy memo with Ariel Ahram about the distinction between bounded and unbounded de facto states.

Professor Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov write an op-ed for the Moscow Times entitled "Why Has Putin Spared Ekho Moskvy?"

Professor Robert Orttung quoted in Bloomberg article about recent Russian actions in Crimea.

Professor Harris Mylonas writes article in Foreign Affairs entitled "The Agreement that could Break Europe: Euroskeptics, Eurocritics, and Life after the Bailout."

Professor Harris Mylonas interviewed by TV2 Africa about Greece's recent 'no' vote.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes an article on Kazakhstan's World Religion Congress for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.

Professor Robert Orttung writes an article on Russia for Freedom House's annual "Nations in Transit" report.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes a book review of Dan Lainer-Vos's Sinews of the Nation: Constructing Irish and Zionist bonds in the United States (Cambridge: Polity Press,  2013) in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Professor Harris Mylonas participates in H-Diplo and International Security Studies Forum roundtable on Adria Lawrence's "Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire." A PDF can be found here (Professor Mylonas's contribution can be found on pages 8 through 12).

Professor Robert Orttung writes op-ed "Why Autocrats Love FIFA?" for the Moscow Times.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes paper entitled "The 'Russian World' : Russia's Soft Power and Geopolitical Imagination."

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's interaction with far-right European groups in the most recent Russian Analytical Digest.

Professor Henry Hale co-authors piece on Russians' opinion of Ukraine in the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage.

Professor Marlene Laruelle interviewed by Steppe Dipatches on Central Asian states' relations with Russia and China.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on Central Asian states' management of religion on

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes op-ed entitled "The Power of Soft Power in Kazakhstan" in the Monkey Cage blog of the Washington Post.

Professor Cory Welt is a guest editor (and co-authors the introduction) of a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism on Russian foreign policy.

Alexander Reisenbichler publishes an article on the creation of the Financial Stability Forum in the Review of International Political Economy.

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article "Russia as a 'Divided Nation'" in the journal Problems of Post-Communism (also available on

Professor Kimberly Morgan and Alexander Reisenbichler (a former IERES PhD fellow) publish a chapter entitled "The German Labor Market: No Longer the Sick Man of Europe" in an e-book on the German economy. Other contributters include Peter Hall, Philippe Schmitter, and many others.

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes article on recent presidential elections in Uzbekistan on

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article on US sanctions on Alexander Dugin in Foreign Affairs.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article on events in Greece in 2013 in the European Journal of Political Research.

Professors Marlene Laruelle draws attention to Kazakhstan's attitude toward the Eurasian Union and Sebastien Peyrouse analyzes Kyrgyzstan's prospects for accession therein in the most recent edition of the Russian Analytical Digest.

Professor Robert Orttung quoted in an article in Vice News about online tactics used by EU, NATO, and Russia.

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes a paper on the mythmaking of Novorossiya (available on

Professor Robert Orttung and two undergraduate IERES students - Elizabeth Nelson and Anthony Livshen - write an article in the Washington Post on how Russia Today operates across different language platforms on Youtube to spread Kremlin messages about Ukraine. 

Professor Eliot Sorel to lead panel on mental health in Bucharest from June 24 to June 27 as part of an international congress integrating primary care, mental care, and public health.

Professor Robert Orttung, together with students from GWU and the University of Chicago, publish an article on Russian television and the Internet.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes an article on youth patriotic clubs in Russia (available on

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes article entitled "The Ukrainian Crisis and its Impact on Transforming Russian Nationalism Landscape" in Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives

Professor Cory Welt was quoted by the Voice of America on the implications of Ukraine’s Minsk II cease-fire agreement.

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