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The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia, is a network of over 80 academics, mainly from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, who advance new policy approaches to research and security in Russia and Eurasia. Its core missions are to connect scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia and to foster a community, especially of mid-career and rising scholars, committed to developing policy-relevant and collaborative research.

PONARS Eurasia offers analysis and influences policy debates through its Policy Memo (in English and Russian) and Policy Perspectives series, Policy Blogs, and Working Papers. The program's annual conference brings over 30 leading scholars together with nearly 200 members of the DC policy, NGO, and academic community at the Elliott School. The program's signature overseas workshops and conferences produce innovative discussions and widely-distributed publications on contemporary political, economic, and social topics. Click here to view current members and here for membership information.

PONARS Eurasia is located at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. From 2007-2009, the program was based at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Between 2001-2007, the Program on New Approaches to Russian Security (PONARS, the precursor to PONARS Eurasia) was part of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The program was housed at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2000-2001 after being launched and managed from Harvard University in the late 1990s by Celeste A. Wallander, who directed the program until 2009.

PONARS Eurasia is generously supported by:
Carnegie Corporation of New York
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The George Washington University/Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

For more information, please contact:
Henry Hale, Project Director:
Cory Welt, Project Director:
Alexander Schmemann, Managing Editor:
Olga Novikova, Program Coordinator:



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Europe's Southern Periphery
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prospects for Regional Integration in Central Asia
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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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.

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