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Hershberg, James G., ed. "The (Inter-Communist) Cold War on Ice: Soviet-Czechoslovak Ice Hockey Politics, 1967-1969." The Cold War International History Project Working Paper #69. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Feb. 2014.

Laruelle, Marlene and Jos Boonstra. "Uncharted Waters: Presidential Successions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan." EUCAM Policy Brief No. 33. Apr. 2014.

Laruelle, Marlene, Sebastien Peyrouse and Jos Boonstra. "The Impact of the 2014 ISAF Forces' Withdrawal from Afghanistan on the Central Asian Region." European Parliament. 2014.



Hale, Henry E. "Afghanistan 2014: Ripe for Revolution?" PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 249. Apr. 2013.

Kelso, Michelle, A. Koburger, and M. Sexton. "Diversity Dividends. Advancing Women in Business Leadership." The George Washington University. Apr. 2013.

Kurilla, Ivan. "Knowledge, Values, or Pragmatism: How to Build Trust in U.S.-Russia Relations." PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 262. Jul. 2013.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Revisiting Islamism: A Factor for Democratization in Central Asia?" PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 298. Sep. 2013.

Laruelle, Marlene and Alexander Cooley. "The Changing Logic of Russian Strategy in Central Asia: From Privileged Sphere to Divide and Rule?" PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 261. Jul. 2013.

Laruelle, Marlene and Jos Boonstra. "EU-US Cooperation in Central Asia: Parallel Lines Meet in Infinity?" EUCAM Working Paper No. 31. Jul. 2013.

Laruelle, Marlene, Sebastien Peyrouse, and Vera Axyonova. "The Afghanistan-Central Asia relationship: What role for the EU?" EUCAM Working Papter No. 13. Feb. 2013.

Nilsson, Niklas. "The October 2012 Elections and the Role of Democracy in Georgia's Foreign Policy." UI Occasional Paper 15. The Swedish Institute of International Affairs. 13 Feb. 2013.

Orttung, Robert. "Russia." Nations in Transit 2013. Freedom House. Jun. 2013.

Orttung, Robert. "Sochi 2014: The Political Economy of Russia's Mega-Projects." PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 289. Sep. 2013.

Peyrouse, Sebastien. "Food Security in Central Asia: A Public Policy Challenge." PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 300. Sep. 2013.

Ratelle, Jean-Francois. "The Insurgency in the North Caucasus: Putting Religious Claims into Context." Russian Analytical Digest. No. 131. 8 Jul. 2013.

Sharafutdinova, Gulnaz. "Shale Fever and the Future of Putin's Russia." PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 271. Jul. 2013.

Sullivan, Charles. "Missing the Soviet Motherland: Nostalgia for the USSR in Russia Today." Center on Global Interests Rising Experts Task Force Working Paper. 20 Mar. 2013.

Welt, Cory. "What the Snowden Affair Says About U.S.-Russian Relations." Center for American Progress. 17 Jul. 2013.

Welt, Cory and Henry R. Nau. "How Russia Sees the World: Domestic Foreign Policy Debates." Policy Report. May 2013.

Zhemukhov, Sufian. "Managing the Threat of an Olympics Boycott: International Pressure and Russia's Response." PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 290. Sep. 2013.

Zhemukhov, Sufian. "Nationalism and Islam in Russia's North Caucasus." Russian Analytical Digest. No. 131. 8 Jul. 2013.


Hale, Henry E. "Trends in Russian Views on Democracy 2008-12: Has There Been a Russian Democratic Awakening?" Russian Analytical Digest. No.117. 19 Sep. 2012, pp.9-14.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Factoring the Regional Impact of Uzbekistan's Withdrawal from the CSTO." Wider Europe. The German Marshall Fund. Aug. 2012.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Iran's Regional Quagmire." FRIDE Policy Brief. 27 Sep. 2012.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Israel and Central Asia: Opportunities and Limits for Partnership in a Post-Arab Spring World." Wider Europe. The German Marshall Fund. Jul. 2012.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Russia 'is a Delicate Matter'? The View from Central Asia of Putin's Commitment to the Region." Wider Europe. The German Marshall Fund. May 2012.

Laruelle, Marlene. "When the 'Near Abroad' Looks at Russia: the Eurasian Union Project as Seen from the Southern Republics." Russian Analytical Digest. No. 112. 20 Apr. 2012, pp. 8-11.

Laruelle, Marlene and Sebastien Peyrouse. "Regional Organisations in Central Asia: Patterns of Interaction, Dilemmas of Efficiency." University of Central Asia Graduate School of Development, Institute of Public Policy and Administration Working Paper No. 10. 2012.

Laruelle, Marlene, Sebastien Peyrouse, and Jos Boonstra. "Security and Development Approaches to Central Asia: The EU Compared to China and Russia." EUCAM Working Paper No. 11. May 2012.

Mylonas, Harris. "The Future of Euro-Atlantic integration in the Western Balkans." In Bridging Divides in Eastern Europe. PONARS Eurasia policy memo. 2012. Pp. 45-49.

Nilsson, Niklas. "Georgia's Parliamentary Elections: Another Litmus Test of Democratic Progress." Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst. Vol. 14, No. 17. Sep. 2012.

Nilsson, Niklas. "International Implications of Georgia's Parliamentary Elections." Caucasus Analytical Digest. No. 43. 15 Oct. 2012.

Peyrouse, Sebastien. "Battle on Top of the World: Rising Tensions in Tajikistan's Pamir Region." Wider Europe. German Marshall Fund of the United States. Aug. 2012.

Peyrouse, Sebastien. "Central Asia's Long-Term Questions Remain Unanswered After the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit." Wider Europe.Jul. 2012.

Peyrouse, Sebastien. "Europe's Involvement in East Asian Security: How to Engage China." FRIDE Policy Brief. 5 Sep. 2012.

Peyrouse, Sebastien. "France and Central Asia." EUCAM National Series Policy Brief No. 9. Nov. 2012.

Peyrouse, Sebastien. "Rare Earth Metals in Central Asia and Mongolia: A Promising but Paradoxical Agenda." Central Asia Economic Paper. Central Asia Program. No. 1. Aug. 2012

Peyrouse, Sebastien. "The United Arab Emirates as an Alternative Trade and Investment Partner in Central Asia." Central Asia Economic Paper. Central Asia Program. No. 5. Nov. 2012

Roberts, Sean. "Imaginary Terrorism? The Global War on Terror and the Narrative of Uyghur Terrorist Threat." PONARS Eurasia Working Paper. Mar. 2012.

Welt, Cory. "Can Georgia Become a Multiparty Democracy?" Caucasus Analytical Digest. No.43. 15 Oct. 2012.

Welt, Cory. "Can the U.S.-Russia 'Reset' Survive Russia's Presidential Election?" Center for American Progress. 1 Mar. 2012.

Welt, Cory. Testimony, Briefing on "Democratization in the Caucasus: Elections in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia." Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission). 23 May 2012.

Welt, Cory. Testimony, Briefing on "Human Rights in Georgia." Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. 11 Sep. 2012.

Welt, Cory. "Don't Shy Away From Progress on the Russia-Georgia Conflict." Center for American Progress. 6 Feb. 2012.

Welt, Cory. "Russia, Trade, and Human Rights: Thinking Through U.S. Policies." Center for American Progress. 30 Apr. 2012.

Welt, Cory. "5 Things You Need To Know About Georgian Parliamentary Elections." Center for American Progress. 27 Sep. 2012.


Hale, Henry E."The Putin Machine Sputters: First Impressions of the 2011 Duma Election Campaign." Russian Analytical Digest. 21 Dec. 2011.

Kupatadze, Alexander. "Similar Events, Different Outcomes: Accounting for Diverging Corruption Patterns in Post-Revolution Georgia and Ukraine." Caucasus Analytical Digest. No. 26. Apr. 2011.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Central Asian Islamism in the Spotlight" EUCAM Commentary. No. 13. Jun. 2011.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Involving Central Asia in Afghanistan's Future--What Can Europe Do?" EUCAM Policy Brief No. 20. Aug. 2011.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Russia's Strategies in Afghanistan and their Consequences for NATO." NATO Defense College Research Paper. Nov. 2011.

Laruelle, Marlene. "Why the EU Needs to Engage Russia on Asian Security." FRIDE Policy Brief. No. 82. Jun. 2011.

Sullivan, Charles J. "Riding the Revolutionary Wave: America, the Arab Spring, and the Autumn of 1989." The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs. Apr. 2011.

Welt, Cory and Samuel Charap. A More Proactive U.S. Approach to the Georgia Conflicts. Center for American Progress. Feb. 2011.

Welt, Cory and Samuel Charap. "Easing the Crossing: More Permits, Crossing Points and Clearer Rules Are Needed." The International Institute for Strategic Studies. Feb. 2011.


Chow, Edward C. and Leigh E. Hendrix. "Central Asia's Pipelines: Field of Dreams and Reality." National Bureau of Asian Research Special Report #23. Sep. 2010.

Rehman, Scheherazade and K. Dairabayeva. "Eurasia: A New Paradigm for Growth and Investment Strategies for Oil-Based Economies." EU Research Center Occasional Paper Series. Spring 2010.

Szaszdi, Lajos F. and Mackenzie Eaglen. "What Russia's Stealth Fighter Developments Mean for America." The Heritage Foundation. 30 Nov. 2010.

Welt, Cory. "Georgia's Constitutional Reform." Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst. Vol. 12, No. 21. 10 Nov. 2010.

Welt, Cory. " How Strategic is the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership?" Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Mar. 2010.

Welt, Cory and Samuel Charap. "A New Approach to the Russia-Georgia Conflict." Center for American Progress. 18 Oct. 2010.


Goldgeier, James M. "The Fall of the Wall and American Grand Strategy." expert brief. 5 Nov. 2009.

Rehman, Scheherazade. "Islamic Finance and the U.S. and European Financial Crisis." EU Research Center Occasional Paper Series. Spring 2009.

Rehman, Scheherazade. "The Current Global Financial Crisis." EU Research Center Occasional Paper Series. Spring 2009.

Rehman, Scheherazade. "The U.S. International Financial Policies And The Dollar And Euro." EU Research Center Occasional Paper Series. Fall 2009.

Rehman, Scheherazade and F. Perry. "The Role of Islamic Banking in the Restructuring of the U.S. and EU Financial Architecture." EU Research Center Occasional Paper Series. Spring 2009.

Rehman, Scheherazade and K. Dairabayeva. "Institutional development in Oil and Gas Dependent Countries." EU Research Center Occasional Paper Series. Fall 2009.

Welt, Cory. "After the EU War Report: Can There Be a 'Reset' in Russian-Georgian Relations?"Russian Analytical Digest. 23 Nov. 2009.


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

Discussion with Rabbi Yeshaya Cohen
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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