Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Current Fellows


Doctoral Student Fellows 2012-2013


Gorkem Aydemir Kundakci

Gorkem Aydemir Kundakci is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at George Washington University, focusing on internally displaced people in Georgia. She is developing an ethnographic study on the displaced youth with an emphasis on how they perceive, remember/forget, and narrate the past. Her research interests include war, displacement, memory, youth studies, post-socialism, and globalization. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Bogazici University-Turkey, and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University-Turkey.

Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey during the 2012-2013 academic year. Her research investigates the role of identity in international relations along multiple levels of analysis, examining the salience of particular identities (ethnic, religious/sectarian, state/civic national, regional, imperial) in particular contexts. She is currently conducting research and writing her dissertation, which analyzes the strategic co-optation and construction of various national identity understandings in Turkey's foreign policy formulation and implementation. Her research has been funded, in part, by two US State Department Critical Scholarships and two Hoffman Dissertation Fellowships. She has written for Foreign Policy, Turkish Policy Quarterly, The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, and Hurriyet Daily News. She speaks Turkish, Spanish, French, and German and looks forward to learning more.

Alexander Reisenbichler

Alex is a Ph.D. student in political science, with a focus on government involvement in housing markets in Europe and the U.S. He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, conducting research on labor, financial, and housing markets. Prior to GW, he worked as a research associate with a political foundation at the United Nations in New York.



Reimagining Post-Soviet Central Asia: The role of the GCC and Articulating Geopolitical Identities through Capital Cities
Friday, November 21, 2014

Reporting from the Frontlines in Ukraine
Monday, November 24, 2014

Enclaves in the post-Communist Central Asia: Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Political and Media Situation in Ukraine: A View from Inside
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kazakh Security Policy and its Postion as a Vanguard for East-West Co-Operation
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Film Screening: Days Gone By (O'tgan kunlar/Minuvshie dni)
Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Curious Rise and Developent of Central Asian Nationalisms
Friday, December 12, 2014

From Empires of Faith to Nationalizations of Islam & the Globalization of Jihad in Central Asia
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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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 will be participating in The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom's event "25 Years after the Fall of the Wall – Personal Accounts" on November 12. More information can be found here.

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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