Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

About Us

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.

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State, Shrine, and Sacred Lineage in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan
Feburary 3, 2015

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News

Professor Peter Rollberg, IERES director, was quoted in the New York Times' review of Andrey Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan." He was also interviewed in an original IERES video about his thoughts on the work.

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 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 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.

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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