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The Helen and Sergius Yakobson Scholarship

The Helen and Sergius Yakobson Scholarship endowment helps GW graduate students with a focus on Russian or East/Central European studies. Students are selected on the basis of financial need and exceptional academic achievement or potential. The award honors Professor Helen B. Yakobson, who joined GW's faculty in 1951 as a lecturer of the Russian language. From 1952 to 1969, she served as Chairman of the Department of Slavic Language and Literature. She began the Chinese Program in 1963. She was awarded the rank of the full professor in 1964 and was recognized as the Outstanding Professor at GWU in 1966. Professor Yakobson retired from the University in 1983.

 

Events

Fourth Central Asia Fellows' Seminar
January 26, 2015

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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News

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 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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