Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Current Visiting Scholars


Christofer Berglund
Ph.D. Candidate, Uppsala University

"Borders and Belonging: Georgia's Armenian and Azerbaijani Ethno-Regions under Saakashvili's Civic Nationalism 2004-2011"

Christofer Berglund is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. His dissertation investigates the attempts of the Georgian government following the Rose Revolution to integrate two borderland regions, one populated by Armenians (Javakheti) and the other by Azerbaijanis (Kvemo Kartli). In order to shed light on these nation-building processes, he has conducted elite interviews and implemented a large-scale socio-linguistic experiment among high school aged respondents in Tbilisi and the two ethno-regions. Beyond his dissertation project, Christofer has researched issues related to hybrid regimes, democratisation, and state-building in the South Caucasus.

March 2014 – May 2014

Aurelie Biard
Researcher, Centre for International Studies and Research, France

Islam in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan

Aurelie Biard is a Researcher at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI) in Paris and an associated researcher at the Centre for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan, and Central Asian Studies (CETOBAC, CNRS). She works on the contemporary uses of Islam in Eurasia. Her Ph.D. in political science and political anthropology at Sciences-Po Paris (defence in December 2013) analyzes interactions between the Kyrgyz national context and global religious evolutions. Her post-doctoral research focuses on the systems of interdependences (at the individual, relationship, and structural levels) between various Islamic actors and the local power adjustments in Kyrgyzstan.

September 2013 – August 2014

Ketevan (Katie) Chumbadze
Carnegie Research Fellow

Two Decades of the Transition Process in Georgia: Promoting and Hindering Factors

Ketevan Chumbadze is a lecturer at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. She teaches classes on Russia’s foreign policy. Katie also works at the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. She has received her M.A. in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) and her B.A. in Social and Political Sciences from the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Her research interests include conflicts and transition in the post-Soviet countries, Russia’s policy in the South Caucasus, evolution of  internal and foreign politics in the post-Soviet Russia, Russian views of international affairs and the security issues in the US-Russian relations.

January 2014 – May 2014

Markian Dobczansky
Mellon Fellow in Contemporary History
Ph.D. Student, Stanford University

"From Soviet Heartland to Ukrainian Borderland: Searching for Identity in Kharkiv, 1943-2004"

Markian Dobczansky is a Ph.D. candidate in Soviet and East European history at Stanford University. His dissertation project "From Soviet Heartland to Ukrainian Borderland: Searching for Identity in Kharkiv, 1943-2004" is a case study of the multiple and overlapping identities generated in this large urban center in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. Other academic interests include nationalism, urban history, and socialist culture. He received a B.A. in History and German Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in History from Stanford University. He is from Silver Spring, MD.

September 2013 – June 2014


Mami Hamamoto
Research Fellow, the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo, Japan

Research topic: Tatar merchants and their relationship with the government of the Russian Empire

Mami Hamamoto specializes in the history of Russian Muslims, especially Tatars. She received her Ph.D. (2006) at Kyoto University (Japan) and audited classes at the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow from 1999 to 2001. Her publications include: M. Hamamoto, N. Naganawa, D. Usmanova (eds.), Volgo-Ural'skii region v imperskom prostranstve. XVIII-XX vv. (The Volga-Ural region in the imperial space of the 18th to 20th centuries), Moscow: Vostochnaia Literatura, 2011; Seinaru roshia no isuramu: 17-18 seiki tatarujin no seikyou kaishu, (Islam in holy Russia: the Tatar conversion to the Russian Orthodox Church in the 17-18th centuries, in Japanese], Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2009; and Kyousei no isuramu: Roshia no seikyoto to musurimu [Islam for harmonious coexistence: Christian- Muslim relations in Russia, in Japanese), Tokyo: Yamakawa Press, 2011.

September 2011 – May 2014


Taulant Hasa
Ph.D. Student, University Complutense of Madrid

The integration of the western Balkans into the European Union

Taulant Hasa is a Ph.D. researcher at the Universidad Complutense Madrid. His research focuses on the integration process of the Western Balkans in the EU. Other topics of interest are the international relations and functioning of the EU and Globalization. He holds a degree in Journalism, and a master's in Constitutional Law and Political Science, master's in International Policy and master's in Diplomacy and International Relations.

December 2013 – August 2014

Nariya Khasanova
Researcher, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan
Central Asia Fellow

The Complexity of the Rogun Issue between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

Nariya Khasanova graduated from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, where she studied International Economic Relations. She has undergone two internships at the UN (UNDP Office in Uzbekistan; UNDP Bratislava Regional Center). She has also been working on an Asian Development Bank Project in Uzbekistan. Her interest in development,
peace, and conflict studies led her to the UN Mandated University for Peace, where she obtained her master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Governance and Peace. During her fellowship she will be studying the complexity of the Rogun Issue between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan from an environmental security/common ground perspective.

February 2014 – June 2014

Vera Kuklina
Scientific Research Associate, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian branch

Economic strategies of indigenous people in cities

Vera Kuklina is a post-doctoral student at the V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from there in 2003. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Science degree (a post-Ph.D. degree equivalent to German Habilitation) studying the issues of peripheral local communities in Russia and the US, including their experience of rapid economic changes and changes in land use.

October 2013 – May 2014

Solomiya Ohinok
Ph.D. Student, Ivan Franko National University in Lviv
Petrach Fellow

Franchising as a tool for promoting European standards beyond the EU

Solomiya Ohinok is a Ph.D. student in International Relations at the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine. She has primarily studied the features and spreading of Western systems of values and standards, and has published on the topic. During her stay at IERES, she will be working on a project titled "Franchising as a tool for promoting European standards beyond the EU."

February May 2014

Jean-Francois Ratelle

Mapping and Theorizing Identity Variations in Intrastate Wars

Jean-Francois Ratelle completed his Ph.D at the University of Ottawa in 2012. His main research interests include the micro-dynamics of violence, civil wars, terrorism, Islamic radicalization, the North Caucasus, and the Balkans. His Ph.D. dissertation deals with the recent upsurge of insurgent violence in the North Caucasus. He engaged in ethnographic-based research that focused on the pathways toward insurgent participation in Dagestan and in the North Caucasus, conducting 13 months of ethnographical research in Russia, including 6 months in the North Caucasus (Dagestan, Chechnya, and Kabardino-Balkaria).

September 2012 August 2014

Agustin Rossi Silvano
PhD Researcher in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Online privacy regimes of the EU and US

For his thesis, Agustin Rossi compares the online privacy regimes of the EU and the US. He argues that due to history and culture the regimes are very different in kind, but poor implementation and business power make their results equivalent. He also studies the political effects of the corporate invasions of privacy.

January 2014 June 2014

Elana Wilson Rowe
Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Adjunct Professor, Centre for High North Business and Governance at the University of Nordland

Discourses and practices of Russian innovation

Wilson Rowe's research interests centre around Russian northern and climate policy, international relations in the Arctic, and the role of experts and science in global governance more broadly. Her Ph.D. dissertation examined the relationship between indigenous peoples, oil companies, and the state in northern Canada and Russia. She is the author of Russian Climate Politics: When Science Meets Policy (Palgrave, 2013) and editor of Russia and the North ( University of Ottawa Press, 2009), The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2009, with Stina Torjesen) and Russia's Encounter with Globalization (Palgrave, 2011, with Julie Wilhelmsen).

July 2013 June 2014

Lars Rowe
Senior Research Fellow, The Fridtjof Nansen Institute

The metallurgical sector in Northwestern Russia and Russian governance practices in light of the Soviet past

Lars Rowe is a Norwegian scholar of Soviet and Russian history. He has mainly worked on the bilateral relationship between Norway and the Soviet Union/Russia and has published widely on these topics. During his stay at IERES, Rowe will be working on a project that explores the metallurgical sector in the Russian Arctic, with an emphasis on how the Soviet production base and Soviet governance traditions still influence and sometimes hamper development within this field. He will also co-edit and co-author the 200-year history of Russian-Norwegian relations to be published in the spring of 2014. For publications, see

July 2013 June 2014

Albert Schmidt
University of Bridgeport, United States

Town planning and architecture of provincial Russia; history of English law firms in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Albert Schmidt is Professor Emeritus in Law from Quinnipiac College of Law and Professor Emeritus in History from the University of Bridgeport. He received his BA from DePauw University and his MAand PhD are from the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted post-doctoral research at the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University and continued at Moscow University on Intercultural Exchange in 1962. He also studied at New York University School of Law.

Said Yakhyoev
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Central Asia Fellow

Muted Energy Crisis in the Rasht Valley

Said Yakhyoev holds master's degrees in Political Science from OSCE Academy and in International Peacebuilding from the University of Notre Dame. Said's interest and experience are in good governance in the extractive industries and its linkages to conflict. He has worked at a non-profit Bank Information Center in Washington, D.C. where he promoted transparency and sustainable policies of the international financial institutions investing in extractive industries. He currently works at the OSCE Office in Tajikistan promoting development policies and cross-border trade. 

February 2014 – June 2014

Sufian Zhemukhov
PONARS Eurasia Fellow

"Diasporas, Genocide, and International Law: Russia and the Circassian Community in the Context of the Global World"

Sufian Zhemukhov is a Heyward Isham Visiting Scholar in Russian and East European Studies, working on a project entitled Diasporas, Genocide, and International Law: Russia and the Circassian Community in the Context of Global World.He defended his PhD at the Institute of Ethnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1997, and has worked in Nalchik as director of the Teacher Training Institute (2000-2004), and editor-in-chief of the newspapers Kabardino-Balkarskaia Pravda (2006-2007) and Voice of Kabarda (since 2011). He recently published an article on modern Circassian nationalism in Nationalities Papers.

May 2011 – December 2013



Russia After Crimea: How the Dramatic Transformations of 2014 Scrapped the Achievements of Post-Soviet Development
January 29, 2015

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

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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

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.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on the Kremlin's international propaganda practices.

Recent Mumbai water conference covered by the Times of India.

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.

Associate Director Cory Welt was interviewed on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Russia, and U.S. policy. Read the transcripts here and here.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes a policy memo for PONARS on the Kremlin's views on Russia's European identity.

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