Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Past Events

IERES, the National Endowment for Democracy, and PEERS hosted a panel on Ukrainian youth and the Maidan.
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PONARS Eurasia held an event on Russia's annexation of Crimea (March 21, 2014).
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IERES and the National Endowment for Democracy hosted a panel on state-run media in authoritarian societies.
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Roma rights activist and scholar and winner of the 2013 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Angela Kocze spoke at the 2013 World Youth Democracy Forum (December 6, 2013).
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PONARS Eurasia held its Annual Policy Conference (September 23-24, 2013).
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Professor of Law Armando Marques Guedes gave a talk on The Reconstruction of Central and Eastern Europe (September 6, 2013).
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Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Igor S. Ivanov spoke about global developments and U.S.-Russian relations (April 4, 2013).
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PONARS Eurasia co-hosted a conference on Russia as a Global Power: Contending Views from Russia (March 18, 2013).
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Professor Harris Mylonas discusses nation-building and the politics of ethnicity in his new book The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.
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IERES hosted Francois Rivasseau, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Delegation of The European Union to the US, and Member of the Advisory Board on Disarmament of the UN Secretary General, on October 15. He discussed the relationship between the EU and other international organizations such as the UN, NATO, the World Bank, and the IMF, during this time of crisis. He also assessed the place of the EU in the new global order (October 15, 2012).
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IERES hosts a panel discussion on Georgia's recent parliamentary elections, featuring Thomas de Waal (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Niklas Nilsson (Uppsala and Sodertorn Universities), and Cory Welt (IERES) (October 4, 2012).
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PONARS Eurasia holds its 2012 annual policy conference (September 14, 2012).
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IERES hosts a panel discussion on the Roma and Racism in Europe (May 3, 2012).
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The World Youth Democracy Forum for DC-Area Students Meeting with the 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Winner: Nabeel Rajab of Bahrain (December 2, 2011).
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PONARS Eurasia hosts its 2011 annual policy conference (September 9, 2011).
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PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference Book.

Hope Harrison, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at GW, speaks on the history and significance of the Berlin Wall around the 50th anniversary of its construction (June 1, 2011).
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Peter Rutland delivers the Fourth James Millar Lecture, entitled "Russian Economic Development and Prospects.
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EU Ambassador to the US Joao Vale de Almeida speaks on the financial crisis, EU foreign policy, and Arab revolutions (April 21, 2011).
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Sergei Zhuk, Associate Professor of History at Ball State University, gives a talk entitled "Rock and Roll, Disco Mafia and the Collapse of Communism."
Read Taras Kuzio's review of Zhuk's book, Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985

Oleg Kozlovsky, co-founder of the Solidamost United Democratic Movement and co-founder of Oborona, a democratic youth movement in Russia, gives a talk entitled "Democracy: New Tools for the Struggle" (December 3, 2010).
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Taras Kuzio, editor of Ukraine Analyst, spoke about Ukraine 200 days after President Yanukovych took office and after local elections (November 17, 2010).
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PONARS Eurasia hosts its 2010 annual policy conference (October 22, 2010).
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PONARS Eurasia Policy Conference Book.

Mitchell Orenstein, associate professor at SAIS, discussed the political economy of financial crisis in Poland and Hungary (September 2010).
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Taras Kuzio, editor of Ukraine Analyst, spoke about Ukraine 100 days after President Yanukovych takes office (June 2, 2010).
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Sheri Berman spoke at IERES about her current project on the construction of modern states.
Read Dr. Berman's paper "The Challenge of State Building in Historical Perspective: Coercion, Compromise and Cooptation in the Making of Modern States."

Zakir Chotaev, Henry Hale, Erica Marat, Eric McGlinchey and Sean Roberts discuss recent developments in Kyrgyzstan (April 8, 2010).
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Zakir Chotaev, IERES visiting scholar, speaks about the development of the Kyrgyz Republic's internal political system and the main priorities of its foreign policy.
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Temuri Yakobashvili, Georgian state minister for reintegration, explains the country's new strategy for rebuilding ties with the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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Taras Kuzio, editor of Ukraine Analyst, speaks about the outcome of the Ukrainian presidential elections and their implications in his February 2010 discussion entitled "What Does the Election of Yanukovych Mean for Ukraine?"
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The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) holds an event, "Beyond the Orange Revolution: Does Ukraine's Democracy Matter?"
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Taras Kuzio, editor of Ukraine Analyst, discusses the Ukranian presidential elections, including the candidates and the issues facing Ukraine's next leader, during his January 2010 lecture at IERES, "Ukraine's 2010 Presidential Elections: Who Will Be Elected Ukraine's Next President and Why?"
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Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest daily newspaper, discusses the twentieth anniversary of democracy in Central and Southeast Europe.
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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

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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