Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Applying to Be a Visiting Scholar or Fellow
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) invites applications from U.S. and foreign scholars who need to be in residence in Washington, DC for their research and writing on topics related to Europe and/or Eurasia (the territory corresponding to the former Soviet Union) or the larger Cold War. Senior scholars, post-doctoral scholars, and advanced graduate students working on their dissertations in any major discipline are eligible to apply. Applicants should have funding from elsewhere, such as a fellowship or a university sabbatical. Scholars may be in residence at IERES for a period from three months to one year. Visiting Scholars at IERES will be given carrel or office space, computer access, and library privileges. They are expected to participate actively in intellectual life at IERES, which includes talks, conferences, informal discussion, and other activities. Visiting Scholars will give a presentation on their research while at IERES, and will participate in IERES' bi-weekly visiting scholars roundtable event series.
Interested scholars should send their CV, a 2-page description of their research project, and the proposed dates of residency to email@example.com. The research proposal should include an explanation as to why a residency at IERES would be beneficial and whether office or desk space is requested (if it is requested, please say if this is essential). Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and name an IERES faculty member or members that they wish to work with during their stay at IERES. These faculty should share an interest in the applicants' research topic. (A list of IERES faculty and their areas of interest can be found here). Applications are accepted throughout the year, with decisions being made twice a year, in September and January. In special circumstances (for example, if you are applying for a fellowship that requires a letter of support prior to September or January), we will attempt to make a decision at a sooner date upon request. Please note that applications go through two levels of approval, including nomination and review by a School-wide committee, and it may take up to 6-8 weeks to receive a decision. Visiting scholars are generally expected to pay a bench fee to cover administrative and other costs involved with hosting visiting scholars. The amount of the bench fees depends on whether or how much office or desk space is provided: $1000 for a solo office, $750 for shared office, $500 for a carrel, and $250 for basic affiliation (per month). The bench fee may be waived or reduced under some circumstances. If this is necessary, applicants should request a waiver and explain why the waiver is being requested.
Peter Rollberg published a review of Alisher Khamdamov's film A Fatal Step (2015) in the online journal KinoKultura (53/2016).
Professor Henry Hale writes article “Twenty-Five Years after the USSR: What’s Gone Wrong?” for the Journal of Democracy.
Professor Eliot Sorel writes article on the Brexit, the Euro-Atlantic Alliance, and Global Security for the Wilson Center's Global Europe Program.
Professor Harris Mylonas writes a book review of Paschalis M. Kitromilides's Enlightenment and Revolution in Nations and Nationalism, Volume 22, Issue 3: 598-600.
Professor Eliot Sorel participated in the World Bank Group and World Health Organization high level meeting on Making Mental Health a Global Development priority. Professor Sorel was a member of the the innovations panel and presented, together with his GWU students, an innovator's booth with a focus on TOTAL Health, integrating primary care, mental health and public health. This innovator's booth was based on the research done by Professor Sorel and his team in China, India, Iran & Romania and was recently published in the International Medical Journal in Japan.
Nationalities Papers (Volume 44, Issue 3, 2016: 488–502) recently published a book symposium of Professor Harris Mylonas' book The Politics Of Nation-building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes a piece for the Washington Times' Monkey Cage blog on Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Central Asia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle is interviewed by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs on the European and Russian Far Right.
Professor Marlene Laruelle recently publishes a new work on the European Union in Eurasia, The European Union in a Reconnecting Eurasia.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes essay on Greece on the Cultural Anthropology website.
Professor Eliot Sorel's ideas and projects to be presented at the Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority summit at the World Bank (April 13-14, 2016).
IERES member Professor Harris Mylonas has made several appearances in the Greek media where he discussed the refugee crisis in Europe and the terrorist attacks in Brussels. Appearances include Star Channel (March 16 and March 24), Radio Athens, and Mega Channel.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on Islamic finance in Central Asia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle published an article on Geidar Dzhemal ("Between Islamism, Occult Fascism and Eurasianism"), available here.
IERES member Eliot Sorel, MD was sworn in by Mayor Muriel Bowser to be a member of the District of Columbia Health Information Exchange Policy Board. The ceremony took place in the Old Council Chambers at Judiciary Square in the District of Columbia, on Thursday, March 17th, 2016.
Associate Dean Hope M. Harrison interviewed by CCTV about local elections in Germany, where the anti-immigrant AfD party made significant gains.
The Diplomat mentions the Central Asia Program's recent security conference in an article about China's Silk Road Initiative.
On March 1, 2016, German Foreign Minister Frank Walter-Steinmeir gave a talk at the Elliott School on "Times of Crisis: Why Translatlantic Partnership Matters." A transcript of his speech can be found here
Professor Eliot Sorel will be moderating at the Wilson Center's event "How Can Societies Control Corruption? : The European Experience." Those interested in attending can RSVP here
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes a PONARS memo about Islam and the government of Uzbekistan.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes report "EU Strategy in Central Asia: Competition or Cooperation" for the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.
Professor Eliot Sorel releases a new Global Mental Health and Psychiatry Newsletter as part of the Career, Leadership and Mentorship Program.
Nominations for the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award will be accepted through June 1, 2016. More details can be found here.
Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in recent Washington Post piece on Donald Trump.
Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article on political developments in Greece in 2014 for the European Journal of Political Research.
Professor Marlene Laruelle publishes paper on Russian nationalism for PONARS.
Professor Eliot Sorel writes op-ed piece entitled "Health, Education, Development, and Global Security."
Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in Wall Street Journal article on elections within Greece's opposition party.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article for Eurasian Geography and Economics entitled "The US Silk Road: Geopolitical Imaginary or the Repackaging of Strategic Interests" (not available online) and co-authors study "From Paris to Vladivostok: The Kremlin Connections of the French Far-Right."
Professor Henry Hale writes article on nationalism and cynism in politics (in Russian) for the IERES-sponsored journal Kontrapunkt.
Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in Washington Post's Monkey Cage in a post about Syria.
Professor Robert Orttung writes a guest blog for Resurgent Dictatorship: The Global Assault on Democracy.
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 Eurasianet.org 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 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 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 Eurasianet.org.
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.