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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Panel 2: Cross-Border Conflict and Cooperation in Central Asia video icon

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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Events Combating Kremlin Disinformation about Ukraine
April 2, 2015

Party and Voter Learning in New Democracies
April 3, 2015

The First Uzbekistan Initiative Workshop
April 6, 2015

US - Russia Relations: What Went Wrong and Is There a Way Out of the Current Crisis?
April 6, 2015

Islam and the Dynamics of Ethno-confessional Regimes in Russia, 1990-2012
April 7, 2015

Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective
April 8, 2015

Between Byzantium and Brussels: The Politics of Orthodox Churches in the European Union
April 9, 2015

Labor Migration and Poverty in Uzbekistan: Remittances as a Challenge or Blessing?
April 9, 2015

Central Asia Cinema Club Film Screening: Beshkempir
April 16, 2015

Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond
April 21, 2015

Do Color Revolutions Really Happen?
April 23, 2015

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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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