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wandwOne of the participants in our Central Asia Program's "Women and Water in Central and South Asia" project was selected to share her narratives in the "Water for Life Voices" exhibit at UN headquarters in New York City.


Caption: "We feel at the end that we have done a great job. And we feel our village is better than the city because city people have to queue to get water, from morning to evening. When we want to use [water], we now we feel proud." Urmila, Women and Water in Central and South Asia, India



GWU Professors Peter Rollberg & Eliot Sorel with Ukrainian Parliamentarian Mustafa NAYYEM, IERES students & faculty at the World Youth Democracy Forum (WYDF) on Friday 13 February 2015. This was the WYDF's 8th edition. It was a most spirited and enlightening one. A video of the event can be found here

What do the experts have to say about Ukraine? IERES' "Ukraine One On One" series asked Stephen Nix (IRI), Olga Onuch (University of Manchester), and John O'Loughlin (University of Colorado) their opinions on the current socio-political situation in the country. Their filmed responses on such topics as "What do Ukrainians Think," "Who was on the Euromaidan," and "How Important is Language in Ukraine," are now available to view online.


The Winter 2015 issue of Demokratizatsiya examines a range of topics, including the 2011 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, the role of the internet in democratization, the nature of Russia's coercion against local NGOs declared to be "foreign agents," the impact of paranoia in Belarus, and suggestions for ways to improve local governance in Armenia. Information about subscriptions can be found at this link.




Patronal PoliticsNew book by Professor Henry E. Hale: Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective. This work  proposes a new way of understanding events throughout the world that are usually interpreted as democratization, rising authoritarianism, or revolution. Containing in-depth narratives of the post-1991 political history of post-Soviet polities, this book also has chapters on czarist history, the Soviet era, and contemporary global patterns.

"Patronal Politics explains more about the trajectories of post-Soviet societies than anything else on the market.” - Kimberly Marten, Columbia University.

“The realism of his approach is bracing. The model is elegant. The empirical research is rich and compelling.” - PaulD'Anieri, University of California, Riverside.

"This is a path-breaking study.” - Vladimir Gel'man, European University at St. Petersburg, and the University of Helsinki.

A video of our recent event Reporting from the Frontlines in Ukraine is available to watch online.

Professor Hope Harrison's reflections on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall have been included on the International Spy Museum's blog.

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.

PONARSlogoExplore the dozens of insightful policy memos from the PONARS Eurasia annual conference. Also see exclusive features and commentary about the latest developments in Ukraine. Based at IERES, the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) is a network of over 100 leading academics connecting scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia.

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. 


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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.

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 Robert Orttung co-authors op-eds in the Washington Post about Putin's approval ratings and in the Moscow Times about Russian propaganda.

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

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.

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.

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