Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Current Visiting Scholars


Dr. Magnus Petersson,

Professor of Modern History, Norwegian Institute for
Defense Studies in Oslo. Associate Professor, Oslo University and Stockholm University
Research Focus: Transatlantic relations, US-NATO partnership

Dr. George Ivaniashvili,

Chairman of the International Center for
Policy Research and Policy Analysis
Research Focus: Comparative politics, Political ideologies,
Post-Soviet transition

Dr. Michal Ksinan,

Researcher, Institute of History at the
Slovak Academy of Sciences
Research Focus: Milan Ratislav Štefánik, Relations between politics, history and memory, and Slovak and French historiography

Dr. Jan Koura,

Lecturer at Charles University's
Institute of World History in Prague
Research Focus: US foreign policy after WWII

Dr. Sergei Shenin,

Professor, Department of International Relations and Russia’s Foreign Policy, Saratov State University, Russia
Research Focus: George W. Bush's policy in post-Soviet space

Dongjie Chen

Ph.D. Candidate, Shaanxi Normal University, China Research Focus: : Central Asia, nation-state-building in Uzbekistan, globalization

Virginie Fracheboud

Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences,
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Research Focus: Transatlantic relations

Anne Marie Aanerud

Political advisor, Centre Party Parliamentary Group
Research Focus: Trans-Atlantic relations, US and European
defense policy and mega-regional trade agreements

Nazik Muradova

Research Fellow, Central Asia Program
Research Focus: Energy security, human rights, human security
and trafficking in Central Asia.

Andrey Shenin

Ph.D Candidate, Saratov State University
Research Focus: U.S. - Turkey Relations

Farrukh Irnazarov

Researcher and Lecturer at National University of

Research Focus t: Labor migration, trade, transport and transition processes in Post-Soviet Central Asia.

D.Litt. Justyna Zając

Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw

Research focus: Foreign Policy Analysis, Transatlantic relations
Foreign and Security policy of US, EU, Poland


Giovanna Di Mauro

PhD candidate, School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom

Research focus: Politiclaly engaged artists in post-Soviet Moldova

Dr. Ion Ciobanu

Senior Lecturer in Law and Social Sciences, Alecu Russo Balti State University, Moldova; trainer, Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Moldova

Research focus: political parties, electoral systems, human rights

Julian Waller

PhD Candidate, George Washington University (IERES Doctoral Student Fellow)

Interests: formal political institutions in electoral authoritarianism; parliaments and political parties; Russia



German Unification amidst European Disintegration
September 30, 2015

Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World
October 6, 2015

Turkmenistan Today: Regional Security and Domestic Outlook
October 6, 2015

Ukraine. Democratization, Corruption and the New Russian Imperialism
October 8, 2015

CESS Conference
October 15-18, 2015

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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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