Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Arctic Urban Sustainability Conference

May 30-31, 2013

Click on each speaker's name in the conference program below to download the 2,000 word paper they will present.

Thursday May 30, 2013

9:00-9:15: Conference Introduction: Arctic Urban Sustainability

9:15-10:45: Panel 1 Climate Change

Chair: Robert Orttung, GW

Papers: Oleg Anisimov, State Hydrological Institute of Russia - Russian Arctic Cities in the Context of Climate Change

Dmitry Streletskiy, GW - Sustainability of Urban Infrastructure under Changing Climatic Conditions

Lev Neretin, United Nations Environmental Program - Environmental Security in the Russian Arctic: Drivers, Pressures and Responses

Lee Cooper, University of Maryland - Marine Environment Impacts on Urban Sustainability

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Panel 2 Migration and Social Sustainability

Chair: Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute

Papers: Timothy Heleniak, American Geographical Society - Ghost Towns and Boom Towns: Migration and Its Impact on Arctic Communities

Marlene Laruelle, GW - The Role of Central Asian Migrants in the Russian North

Nadezhda Zamiatina, Moscow State University - New Approaches to Northern Migrations

Genevieve Parente, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia - Migration in the Arctic Regions

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Panel 3 Arctic Cities I

Chair: Dmitry Streletskiy, GW

Papers: Alexander Pilyasov, Center for Economics of the North and the Arctic Council for the Study of Resources - Russia's Policies for Arctic Cities: Problems and Prospects

Jessica Graybill, Colgate University - Policy-Making for Addressing Climate Change at the City Level

Aileen Espiritu, Barents Institute - Sustainable Development in Arctic Cities

Tuomas Suutarinen, Doctoral Candidate, University of Helsinki - Challenges of Economic Diversification in Resource-based Single-Industry Towns in the Russian North

Matthew Jull, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Architecture & Urbanism of Arctic Cities

Leena Cho, School of Architecture, University of Virginia, Urbanized Arctic Landscapes

3:00-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45: Panel 4 Corporate and Political Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Chair: Marlene Laruelle, GW

Papers: Colin Reisser, Graduate Student, GW, Drivers Shaping Russia's Arctic Cities

Robert Orttung, GW - The Arctic's Place in Center-Periphery Coordination and Conflict: Integrating Local, Regional, Federal, and Corporate Interests

Bruce Forbes, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland - The Current State of Yamal Gas Development

Nadir Kinossian, University of Tromso, Mega-Projects as a solution to the Challenges Facing Russia's Arctic Cities

Friday, May 31, 2013

9:00-10:45: Panel 1 Urban Sustainability in Comparative Perspective

Chair: Robert Orttung, GW
Papers: Hilda Blanco, USC - The Impact of Climate Change on Cities

Brent D Ryan, MIT - Dealing with Declining Cities: Experience from the U.S.

Christopher Boone, ASU/Georgetown - Boom/Bust Economics, Climate Change, and Migration Flows in the American Desert

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Panel 2 Mobility

Chair: Nikolay Shiklomanov, GW

Papers: Scott Stephenson, Doctoral Candidate, UCLA - Access in Flux: Opportunities and Uncertainties in Arctic Transport and Development

Lawson Brigham, University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Implications of Expanded Northern Sea Route Use on Coastal Ports & Marine Infrastructure

Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger and Elisabeth Ofner, Doctoral Candidates, University of Vienna - The Role of Long-Distance Commute Work in the Russian North

Matt Berman, University of Alaska, Anchorage - Remoteness and Mobility: Transportation Routes, Technologies, and Sustainability in Arctic Communities

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Panel 3 Arctic Cities II

Chair: Nikolay Shiklomanov, GW

Papers: Vladimir Didyk and Larisa Riabova, Luzin Institute for Economic Studies - Strategic Planning and Management in the Cities of the Russian North and the Arctic

Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa - Creative Arctic Cities

Vera Kuklina, V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography - Indigenous Peoples: An Urban Resource for Sustainable Development?
(also in Russian)

Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer, Georgetown University - Indigenous Cosmopolitans, Ecological Defense, and Cultural Activism in Russia's Arctic

3:00-3:15: Coffee Break

3:15-4:45: Panel 4 International Perspectives

Chair: Timothy Heleniak, American Geographical Society

Papers: Aleksandr Sergunin, St. Petersburg State University - International Cooperation as a Means for Russia's Arctic Urban Sustainability Strategy

Pal Arne Davidsen, Foreign Affairs Adviser for the Progress Party in the Norwegian Parliament and Visiting Scholar at GW's IERES - Making Policy for the North: Norwegian Perspectives

Greg Poelzer, Professor, University of Saskatchewan - Capacity Building and Sustainable Development: Comparative Lessons and the Russian North

Meredydd Evans, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Black Carbon Emissions in the Russian Arctic: A Case Study in the Importance of International Cooperation


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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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