Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
At the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), our primary mission is to promote and support the study of Europe and Eurasia through courses, research, events, and publications. The Institute's hallmarks are combining academic rigor with policy engagement, promoting interdisciplinary perspectives, and recognizing that Europe, Russia, and Eurasia cannot be understood in isolation from each other or from global trends.
The principal disciplines at IERES are political science, economics, history, languages, literature, film studies, anthropology, sociology, public policy, and geography. IERES leverages its position in a world-class university and its unrivaled location--just steps from the White House, State Department, and World Bank--to draw together students, scholars, policymakers, and culturally important figures from around the globe for activities that advance education, research, and practice.
IERES houses a Master's program in European and Eurasian Studies. Our students hail from all over the globe-- including from European and Eurasian countries themselves--and often combine their studies with internships or even full-time jobs in important Washington institutions. Alumni have gone on to successful careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including academia.
The institute's permanent multidisciplinary faculty travel regularly to their regions of study, publish prize-winning books and articles in leading journals, provide insight to media and policymakers, and sometimes serve in government themselves. IERES also recruits leading practitioners to share their experiences directly with students in the classroom as instructors or guest lecturers.
Leading and emerging researchers from around the world regularly enrich the IERES community. Around 20 Visiting Scholars are typically in residence during a given academic year. Each of the scholars offers a public lecture on the topic of his or her research. The Institute also hosts a variety of leading scholars and decision-makers in its regular speaker series.
IERES also features several internationally prominent program s that bring opportunities for both students and scholars. As of 2010, thanks to a major grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, it houses the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), an international network of social scientists that promotes scholarly work and policy engagement on transnational and comparative topics within the Eurasian space. The institute is also home to the GW Cold War Group, which trains the next generation of scholars on the Cold War through a series of programs and international partnerships funded by the Mellon Foundation. Its activities include the five-day Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR).
The Director of IERES is Dr. Peter Rollberg.
Putin 3.0 - One Year Later
Tuesday, May 28, 4:00-6:00
Promoting Sustainability in Russia's Arctic Cities
Thursday, May 30, 9:00-4:45
Friday, May 31, 9:00-4:45
Visiting Scholar Aglaya Snetkov speaks about the US-Russia reset [part 2].
Professor Scheherazade Rehman blogs about the state of the global economy.
Visiting Scholar Ivan Kurilla and Ph.D. Student Charles Sullivan analyze US-Russia relations on the anniversary of the victory over the Nazis in WWII [in Russian].
Professor Harris Mylonas discusses nation-building in a recent article for e-International Relations.
Professor Scheherazade Rehman blogs about austerity in the Eurozone.
Professor Henry Hale authors policy paper on prospects for Afghanistan in 2014.
Proessor Hope M. Harrison authors article about looking back at the history of the Berlin Wall.
Professor Marlene Laruelle edits volume on Migration and Social Upheaval as the Face of Globalization in Central Asia.
Associate Dirctor Cory Welt comments on The Boston Marathon Attack, the North Caucasus, and U.S.-Russian Relations.
Visiting Scholar Sufian Zhemukhov blogs about radicalization and violence in the wake of the Boston bombings.