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fallnewsletterThe fall issue of the IERES newsletter is now available online and features an article about the current crisis in Ukraine and the role of political parties therein; a review of a festschrift in honor of our late colleague, Carl Linden; and other information about PONARS conferences, the PPSSW Workshop Series, the European Politics Speakers Series, and a new refereed scholarly journal published by our Central Asia Program. As usual, the newsletter also contains information on our members' recent publications, on visiting scholars, and on forthcoming events.

dem_Fall14Just Published: The Fall 2014 issue of Demokratizatsiya, which focuses on the process of authoritarian modernization in contemporary Russia. The introductory essay by Vladimir Gel'man provides a general overview of Russia's political evolution. The subsequent articles examine the current state of social welfare, the environmental movement, regional policy, efforts to promote high-tech advances, and the role of the Chechen wars in Russia's democratization process.

To access Vladimir Gel'man's introductory article for free, please click here. Information about subscriptions can be found at this link.




As the fight for a united Ukraine drags on, visit PONARS Eurasia for the latest analysis on separtists, sanctions, and Russian involvement.



Call for Papers: Central Asian Affairs

The Central Asia Program is excited to announce the launch of a new journal,  Central Asian Affairs. Central Asian Affairs is a peer-reviewed journal that is published three times per year. It aims to feature innovative social science research on contemporary developments in the wider Central Asian region and raise the standards of scholarship for Central Eurasian Studies. For more information on submitting a manuscript click here.

The Central Asia Program at IERES has been awarded a $270,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion & International Affairs.  The grant will support a new Central Eurasia – Religion in International Affairs (CERIA) initiative. CERIA aims to become a platform of knowledge on religion in the wider Central Asian region, and will investigate religion as a 'societal shaper' that has broader implications in shaping politics, security, economy, nation-building and culture. Using this approach, CERIA hopes to contribute to a broader discussion on the role of religion in international affairs. 


PONARS Eurasia hosted a panel of experts to discuss Russia's annexation of Crimea and the Ukrainian reaction on March 21.

» Watch video of the event on C-SPAN.




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

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

Islam in Eurasia: State Policies, Social Changes and Globalized Interactions
Monday and Tuesday, November 3-4, 2014

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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.

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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