Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies (PEERS)
Professionals in European, Eurasian, and Russian Studies (PEERS) is a graduate student-run forum that facilitates academic and professional interaction, increases awareness of the issues affecting the countries of Europe, Eurasia, and Russia, and promotes an understanding of these issues from a global perspective.
PEERS hosts a number of events throughout the academic year including embassy visits, roundtable discussions with practitioners and academics, and informal networking events.
President: Katherine Bewley
Vice President: Daniel Heintz
Communications: Allison Beresford
Committee Chair: Eric Hansson (Fall 2014) / Sabine Topolansky (Spring 2015)
Programming: Elena Likhanova
Treasurer: Katie Carpenter
Alumni Relations: Heather Robbins
Tracking Factors of Change in Tajikistan
March 10, 2015
Cinema Club Film Screening: Aksuat
March 12, 2015
The Second Turkmen Culture Club
March 24, 2015
Professor Robert Orttung is interviewed by the National Public Radio in an audio clip titled, "'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 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.