Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Current Visiting Scholars


Berikbol Dukeyev

CAP Fellow
Research Focus:  the push and pull factors of the repatriation of ethnic Kazakhs from China, particularly issues of socio-economic integration and changing public perception towards the repatriation program

Savia Hasanova

CAP Fellow
Research Focus:  the effects of different types of social benefits on income inequality in Kyrgyzstan

Murad Ismayilov

CAP Fellow
Research Focus:  various aspects of the sociology of religious communities in Azerbaijan, including as part of broader contextual dynamics of state-society relations at the macro-state level

Serik Jaxylykov

CAP Fellow
Research Focus:  Kazakhstan’s internal migration issues, and examines government’s policy aimed at smoothing out the difference between the overpopulated South and the shrinking population in the North

Dr. Vera Kuklina

Researcher, V.B. Sochava's Institute of Geography, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Research Focus: Economic strategies of indigenous people in Arctic cities

Julian G. Waller

PhD Candidate, GWU (IERES Doctoral Student Fellow)

Research focus: formal political institutions in electoral authoritarianism

Mykola Riabchuk

Institute of Political and Nationalities’
Studies, Kyiv; Ukrainian Catholic University;
University of Warsaw
Post-communist transformation in Eastern Europe,
constructing national identities in Ukraine,
Russia, and Belarus

Altin Hoti

Luarasi University, Albania

International economics, development economics

Eirini Cheila

Panteion University of Political, and Social Sciences (Athens)
Foreign policy analysis (Greek foreign policy in the post bipolar era, ethnic conflict, and international security), IR theory, crisis management and multilateral diplomacy.

Wang Dao (PhD candidate, Renmin University, Beijing)

International relations during WWII and the Cold War, postwar American diplomatic history

Ivan Vuković (Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Montenegro)

Comparative and party politics, democratization/hybrid regimes, Western Balkans

Xianghong Zeng (Institute for Central Asia Studies,
Langzhou University, China)

US/China interactions in Central Asia, great powers in Central Asia, international relations theory

Farid Guliyev, PhD (Research Associate,
Eurasia Extractive Industries
Knowledge Hub, Baku, Azerbaijan)

political institutions, elites, governance of natural resources, policy analysis

Alla Leukavets (PhD candidate, University of Bremen)

Research interests: integration dynamics in East Europe, human rights and law, European energy security, EU-Russia energy dialogue, EU human rights and democratization policy vis-à- vis post-Soviet states.

Lars Mattis Hanssen (Stuart Fellow,
political adviser to leader of Labour
Party in Norwegian parliament)

Research interests: US diplomacy and
foreign affairs, US politics, sustainable
business development in the Arctic


Anastasia Riabchuk, PhD(Carnegie
Fellow, senior lecturer, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Research interests: religion and labor in post-Soviet
Societies, homelessness and urban marginality,
visual research methods



Carolina de Stefano (PhD candidate,
Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies [Pisa];
visiting researcher, HSE Moscow)

Soviet and Russian nationality policies under
Gorbachev and Yeltsin



Alessandro Albanese Ginammi
(PhD candidate, European University of Rome)

History of international relations, history
of the European Union, economic history,
EEC-Turkey relations

Temirlan Abdyldaev

CAP Fellow
Research Focus:  the politics of border disputes in Central Asia, particularly in the Ferghana Valley

Janyl Moldalieva

(PhD candidate, United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and
Technology/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance)

Resource governance, transparency & accountability, network governance, neopatrimonialism

Kamal Gasimov

Center for Strategic Studies
(under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan)
Research focus: transformations in the religious landscape of Azerbaijan,
particularly in Islam.

Nazik Imanbekova

Transparency and open government activist
Research focus: the impact of mining contracts,
effects of  current policies and contract clauses on local communities
in Kyrgyzstan

Daniyar Kussainov

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Research focus: state educational policies and their
potential effects on rising socio-economic inequality
in Kazakhstan.

Dinara Nurusheva

PaperLab Research Group
Research focus: social and economic implications
of living in a mining city

Rafael Sattarov

Political analyst
Research focus: spirituality and conservatism in Uzbekistan and their
relevance in modern-day Uzbek society.

Alexandra Tsay

Independent Research Fellow in Cultural Studies
PaperLab Research Group
Research Focus: the cultural public sphere in Kazakhstan and its function in debates and restrictive societies

Jorunn Hallaraker

Christian Democratic Party, Norwegian Parliament
Research Focus: US foreign policy (regarding Europe and Russia), American political systems

Snezhana Atanova

PhD candidate, INALCO
Research Focus: national image, nation branding and public diplomacy, cultural tangible and
intangible heritage of Russian and Central Asia.

Ambassador Vasil Sikharulidze
(Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia, former Minister of Defense)
 Security sector reform in democracies in transition, NATO open door policy and
democratic transformation in Eastern Europe, US security assistance and
democratic developments in Georgia


Yeltsin's Russia, 1989-1991: Fears of Disintegration Amidst the Challenge for Survival
February 27, 2017

Academic Nationality: Is There an .edu Penalty in Europe?
March 3, 2017

The Central Asia Security Workshop
March 6, 2017

Near Abroad: A Book Discussion
March 7, 2017

Cosmopolitan Kazakhs: A Case Study in How Globalization Works
March 22, 2017

Cinema Club Film Screening: Little Angel, Make Me Happy
March 23, 2017

Islamic Education and Knowledge Transmission in Central Asia
April 10, 2017

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Professor Marlene Laruelle writes op-ed "Putinism as Gaullism" for openDemocracy.

Professor Harris Mylonas co-authors essay "Methodological challenges in the study of stateless nationalist territorial territorial claims" with Professor Nadav Shelef (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

Professor Eliot Sorel's contributions to WBG/WHO meetings at GWU results in report Mental Health Among Displaced People and Refugees: Making the Case for Action at the World Bank Group.

Professor Hope M. Harrison quoted in USA Today article on the trial of Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny.

Professor Hope M. Harrison interviewed by CNN about Trump, Putin, and the recent renewed fighting in Ukraine.

Professor Hope M. Harrison quoted in USA Today article about 2016 immigration figures in Germany.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on relations between Russia and China in Central Asia in the ASAN Forum..

Visiting scholar Farid Guliyev edits special edition of Caucasus Analytical Digest devoted to human capital in Azerbaijan.

Professor Robert Orttung quoted in article about global implications behind Russia's climate policy.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on views of China in Central Asia on the East Asia Forum.

Hoffman Fellowship recipient Alexander Reisenbichler writes article on housing finance policy in Germany for Cityscape, published by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes article in Foreign Affairs with Akis Georgakellos about the potential impact of Donald Trump's presidency on the Greek political system.

GWU will be offering a class with a short-term study abroad component in Fall 2017! For more information, click here. The application deadline has been extended to November 11

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes op-ed in the Washington Times on changes in US-Russian relations in Central Asia.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article Stakes and Perspectives of the Portable Telephones Market in Central Asia in the October 2016 issue of CAP Papers.

Professor Hope M. Harrison featured on CNN during interview about Putin and Trump.

Professor Marlene Laruelle co-writes article on a Norwegian-Russian refugee corridor on the Arctic Center's website.

Professor Harris Mylonas publishes "Threats to Territorial Integrity, National Mass Schooling, and Linguistic Commonality" in a Special Issue of Comparative Political Studies.

Professor Eliot Sorel writes op-ed on 21st century health, education, development, and global security at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Professor Peter Rollberg published the article "Revenge of the Cameramen: Soviet Cinematographers in the Director's Chair" in Birgit Beumers, ed., A Companion to Russian Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, pp. 364-388).

Professor Marlene Laruelle recently publishes paper How Islam will Change Russia.

Professor Eliot Sorel authors op-ed pieces for the Woodrow Wilson for International Scholars on 21st century business and science partnerships and America's health and the US presidential elections.

Peter Rollberg published a review of Alisher Khamdamov's film A Fatal Step (2015) in the online journal KinoKultura (53/2016).

Professor Eliot Sorel co-authors policy statements on Integrated Care with the World Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

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 Marlene Laruelle is interviewed by the Uzbek language service of Voice of America. Uzbek- and English-language videos are available, as well as an article in Uzbek.

Professor Sebastien Peyrouse writes a piece for the Washington Times' Monkey Cage blog on Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Central Asia.

Professor Cory Welt writes on the impact on U.S. policy of the Georgia-South Ossetia-Russia conflict for a volume reassessing the costs of the August 2008 war.  

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 members Dr. Hope M. Harrison and Dr. Cory Welt gave interviews for CCTV and Voice of America (in Azeri) regarding the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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 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

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