Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Faculty Support

IERES is able to support its full-time faculty with a number of opportunities,

Research assistance. IERES faculty are eligible to apply for limited student research assistance. For details on the program and how to apply, please click here.

Book launches. If an IERES faculty member has a book on Europe or Eurasia coming out in 2012 or later, IERES can organize a public event where the author can present it and we can celebrate its publication, perhaps over lunch or some kind of reception. Faculty inquiries should be directed to IERES Assistant Director Robert Orttung (

Book incubators. For IERES faculty who have a book manuscript that is fully drafted but still needs input from other specialists before a final edit is performed, IERES may be able to organize a "book incubator" workshop for it. For these book incubators, we invite a small group of specialists from the DC area plus (budget permitting) someone we fly in from another U.S. city for a day or half day to discuss the manuscript with an eye to improving it for a final revision before publication. These should generally be books intended for a peer-reviewed academic press and relating directly to Europe or Eurasia as we define it. Faculty inquiries should be directed to IERES Assistant Director Robert Orttung (

Opportunities for teaching and research in Ukraine. IERES' Petrach Program on Ukraine can support faculty interested in teaching for a semester at the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine. Interested faculty should contact the IERES Director approximately a year before the planned visit since this will require setting aside funds from the William and Helen Petrach Endowment and making arrangements with Ivan Franko National University. When funds are available, IERES can also provide some limited support for faculty to conduct field research in Ukraine, perhaps in connection with giving a lecture or two at Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. Interested faculty should contact IERES Director Henry Hale at least three months in advance of the planned research trip to discuss this possibility.



Europe's Southern Periphery
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Birth of Heroes: A Biography of Milan Ratislav Štefánik
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political Insults: How Politics Escalate Conflicts
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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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.

Dr. Eliot Sorel will co-chair the WPA 2015 Bucharest International Congress on innovation in primary care mental health.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung comments about the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in GW Today.

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article about Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung is quoted by Bloomberg regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors article on Russia's foreign energy policy.

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