Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
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 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.
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.
Party and Voter Learning in New Democracies
April 3, 2015
The First Uzbekistan Initiative Workshop
April 6, 2015
Central Asia Cinema Club Film Screening: Beshkempir
April 16, 2015
Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond
April 21, 2015
Do Color Revolutions Really Happen?
April 23, 2015
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 Academia.edu).
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 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.
Professor Cory Welt was interviewed by Imedi, a Georgian television station, on the role of Georgian officials in Ukraine’s government.
Professor Robert Orttung is interviewed by the National Public Radio in an audio clip entitled "'Frozen Conflict' in Ukraine Opens Door for Corruption."
Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article for Foreign Policy website about how Russia uses frozen conflicts to destabilize its reform-minded neighbors.
Professor Cory Welt was quoted by Deutsche Welle on the possibility of U.S. arms provision to Ukraine. His comments on the same subject for PONARS Eurasia were published in the Washington Post’s blog The Monkey Cage.
Professor Harris Mylonas discusses the Greek financial crisis in a Voice of America article.
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 as well as an analysis of the new government's attempts to re-negotiate Greece's bailout terms. These pieces are part of the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage, and the latter has been mentioned by other Washington Post articles and the German-language Blogumschau news forum.
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.
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.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes a policy memo for PONARS on the Kremlin's views on Russia's European identity.