Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Current Visiting Scholars
"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
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
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
"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
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
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
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,
February 2014 – June 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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 http://www.fni.no/cv/cv-lar.html.
July 2013 – June 2014
Town planning and architecture of provincial Russia; history of English law firms in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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
"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
Be on the look-out for more exciting events in 2015!
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 Henry Hale appears as a guest on Scholar’s Circle, a syndicated radio talk show, to speak about Russia’s relations with the West.
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.