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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.

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

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

Between Byzantium and Brussels: The Politics of Orthodox Churches in the European Union
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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