Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

EES Courses

Note: GW offers a wide range of courses that can count toward the Europe-Eurasia (EE) requirement for either the European and Eurasian Studies (EES) MA Program or the Europe-Eurasia concentration in the International Affairs MA Program at the Elliott School. What follows is a list of such courses that we anticipate being taught during the current and future academic years (though please be aware that this can change).

Be aware that GW has additional courses that may count toward the EE requirement, but that are not taught regularly and hence are not listed here. Please check the schedule of classes each semester to see if there are other courses listed that might count; if you find one that is not on the following list but that you would like to take and that you think should count toward the EE requirement, please contact the program director for approval. (A good rule of thumb is that the course has at least 50% Europe-Eurasia content.)


Section A : Western, Central, Southeastern, and Eastern Europe

HIST 6001 Special Topics Seminar:

  • European Decolonization
  • Atlantic History, Early Modern Europe

HIST 6042 World War II

HIST 6050 Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization

HIST 6101 Special Topics: European History

HIST 6120 Seminar: Early Modern European History

HIST 6121 Reading/Research Seminar: Modern European History

HIST 6128 Europe and the World, 1500-Present

HIST 6133 English People and Institutions

HIST 6135 British Imperialism  

HIST 6170 Reading Seminar: Eastern Europe 1772-1918  

HIST 6171 Eastern European History, 1919-1945

IAFF 6338 The European Union

IAFF 6338 NATO Enlargement  

IAFF 6338 Transatlantic Partnership in the 21st Century  

IAFF 6338 Turkey's Place in Europe  

IAFF 6378 Turkish Politics and Society

IAFF 6505 European Union Foreign Policy

PSC 6360 Western European Politics

PSC 6361 Politics of European Integration

PSC 6362 Nation-Building in the Balkans

PSC 6364 Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe  

PSC 6465 International Politics of Eastern Europe


Section B : Post-Soviet/Post-communist Countries

EDUC 6602 Education, Transformation, and the Former Soviet Union

GEOG 6265 Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors

HIST 6001 Special Topics Seminar:

  • Central Asian History
  • History of the Russian and Soviet Empires

HIST 6030 Uses of History in International Affairs  (only the section reserved for EES, Prof. Stronski's, or Prof. Harrison's if you write your paper on an applicable topic)

HIST 6180 History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union

HIST 6185 Russian and Soviet Thought

HIST 6188 Soviet Foreign Policy: 1917-91  

IAFF 6138 Post-Soviet Democracy Development

IAFF 6338 Geopolitics of Eurasian Energy

IAFF 6338 Central Asia: Society, Security, and Economy

IAFF 6338 History and Politics of the Caucasus  

IAFF 6338 NATO Enlargement  

IAFF 6338 Politics of Post-Soviet Eurasia

IAFF 6338 Security in Russia and Eurasia

IAFF 6338 Terrorism and Conflict in the North Caucasus

PSC 6333 Comparative Politics of Post Communist Systems

PSC 6366 Government and Politics of Russia


Economics Requirement:

ECON 6280 Survey of International Economics

ECON 6283 International Trade Theory and Policy

ECON 6284 International Macroeconomic Theory and Policy



European Identity as Cultural Strategy: Countering Russia in the Post-Soviet Borderlands of Urkaine, Georgia, and Estonia
December 2, 2015

Ukraine's Unresolved Conflict: Why It Is Far from Frozen and What That Means
December 3, 2015

The World Youth Democracy Forum and Webcast Meeting with the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Winner: Dr. Jamil Hasanli
December 9, 2015

Discussion with Rabbi Yeshaya Cohen
December 9, 2015

Women and Water in Central Asia and South Asia: Building a Sustainable Future
December 11, 2015

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Professor Sebastien Peyrouse co-authors articlein the November 2015 issue of Eurasian Geography and Economics entitled "Central Asia: the New Silk Road Initiative's Questionable Economic Rationality Rationality."

Professor Robert Orttung to be principal investigator of a multi-disciplinary project "Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic," supported by the National Science Foundation and meant to assess the consequences of human activities in the region across a number of important dimensions.

Professor Robert Orttung featured in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog regarding Russia's media strategy and interviewed by the Institute of Modern Russia on effects of Russia's declining economy.

Professor Cory Welt writes a policy memo for PONARS Eurasia on media freedom and rule of law in Georgia.

Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor Hope Harrison recently interviewed by Deutsche Welle on US-West German relations under Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on entitled "Examining Kazakhstan's Religions Contradiction."

Professor Harris Mylonas reviews Kostis Kornetis' Children of the Dictatorship: Student Resistance, Cultural Politics and the "Long 1960s" in Greece in the American Historical Review.

Professor Oleh Havrylyshyn publishes two articles: one on economic reform in Ukraine, another on transition in Ukraine.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article with Keith Darden about why - and how - some countries are more linguistically homogenous than others.

Associate Dean Hope M. Harrison writes article on twenty-five years of German unification for the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.

Professor Eliot Sorel's publication Total Health for All is included in the ceremonial World Mental Health Day Volume to be observed October 10th.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse interviewed about Turkmenistan on the Steppe Dispatches website.

Professor Harris Mylonas reviews Onur Yıldırım's Diplomacy and Displacement: Reconsidering the Turco-Greek Exchange of Populations, 1922–1934 in the Journal of Cold War Studies.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes article (in Russian) on governments' responses to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Central Asia.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on the perspectives and limits of Chinese-US competition, using Kazakhstan as a case study.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes new article on nation building in Social Science Quarterly.

Professor Harris Mylonas co-authored a post with Akis Georgakellos in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog about upcoming elections in Greece.

Professor Harris Mylonas co-authored a policy memo with Ariel Ahram about the distinction between bounded and unbounded de facto states.

Professor Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov write an op-ed for the Moscow Times entitled "Why Has Putin Spared Ekho Moskvy?"

Professor Robert Orttung quoted in Bloomberg article about recent Russian actions in Crimea.

Professor Harris Mylonas writes article in Foreign Affairs entitled "The Agreement that could Break Europe: Euroskeptics, Eurocritics, and Life after the Bailout."

Professor Harris Mylonas interviewed by TV2 Africa about Greece's recent 'no' vote.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes an article on Kazakhstan's World Religion Congress for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.

Professor Robert Orttung writes an article on Russia for Freedom House's annual "Nations in Transit" report.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes a book review of Dan Lainer-Vos's Sinews of the Nation: Constructing Irish and Zionist bonds in the United States (Cambridge: Polity Press,  2013) in Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Professor Harris Mylonas participates in H-Diplo and International Security Studies Forum roundtable on Adria Lawrence's "Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire." A PDF can be found here (Professor Mylonas's contribution can be found on pages 8 through 12).

Professor Robert Orttung writes op-ed "Why Autocrats Love FIFA?" for the Moscow Times.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes paper entitled "The 'Russian World' : Russia's Soft Power and Geopolitical Imagination."

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's interaction with far-right European groups in the most recent Russian Analytical Digest.

Professor Henry Hale co-authors piece on Russians' opinion of Ukraine in the Washington Post's blog The Monkey Cage.

Professor Marlene Laruelle interviewed by Steppe Dipatches on Central Asian states' relations with Russia and China.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on Central Asian states' management of religion on

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes op-ed entitled "The Power of Soft Power in Kazakhstan" in the Monkey Cage blog of the Washington Post.

Professor Cory Welt is a guest editor (and co-authors the introduction) of a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism on Russian foreign policy.

Alexander Reisenbichler publishes an article on the creation of the Financial Stability Forum in the Review of International Political Economy.

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article "Russia as a 'Divided Nation'" in the journal Problems of Post-Communism (also available on

Professor Kimberly Morgan and Alexander Reisenbichler (a former IERES PhD fellow) publish a chapter entitled "The German Labor Market: No Longer the Sick Man of Europe" in an e-book on the German economy. Other contributters include Peter Hall, Philippe Schmitter, and many others.

Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes article on recent presidential elections in Uzbekistan on

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

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 writes an article on youth patriotic clubs in Russia (available on

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.

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