Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
IERES: A Very Short Introduction
IERES' winter 2017 newsletter is now available online! You can read about the "Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov" exhibition ; events with Slavoj Zizek, Giorgi Margvelashvili, and Stanislau Shushkevich ; faculty publications and awards ; and much more.
IERES members Robert Orttung and Sufian Zhemukhov recently released a new book Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia (Routledge).
President Vladimir Putin’s Olympic venture put the workings of contemporary Russia on vivid display. The Sochi Olympics were designed to symbolize Russia’s return to great power status, but subsequent aggression against Ukraine, large-scale corruption, and the doping scandal have become the true legacies of the games. The Kremlin’s style of governance through mega-projects has had deleterious consequences for the country’s development. Placing the Sochi games into the larger context of Olympic history, this book examines the political, security, business, ethnic, societal, and international ramifications of Putin’s system.
Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)
Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)
Professor Henry Hale Wins 2016 Michael E. Brown Research Prize
Dr. Henry Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, who served as the Director of IERES from 2008 to 2012, won the prestigious Michael E. Brown Research Prize. From the nomination letter: "At the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Henry Hale occupies a special place due to the extraordinary impact that his research has made and continues to make in the field of political science as a whole. Henry's threebooks-' Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in·Comparative Perspective (2015), The Foundation of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World (2008), and Why No Parties in Russia? Democracy, Federalism, and the State (2006) -were all published with Cambridge University Press. In addition, Henry coedited three volumes and authored 25 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous book chapters and articles. What is striking iu Henry's scholarly output is the consistency with which he strives for a synthesis between empirical data and theoretical generalization. This affords his publications a relevance that goes far beyond the geographical region -Russia and Eurasia- on which he specializes. As a matter of fact, his latest book, Patronal Politics, aims at defining political principles that function globally within a certain socioeconomic constellation. Indeed, Kimberly Marten (Columbia University) wrote that "Patronal Politics explains more about the trajectories of post-Soviet societies than anything else on the market."
The sixth issue of IERES' Russian-language journal Counterpoint (Kontrapunkt) is now online!
The Fall 2016 edition of Demokratizatsiya is now available! It contains essays in honor of Karen Dawisha. A version for iPad is available here.
Professor Peter Rollberg published the volume Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema (Rowman & Littlefield, 855 pp.). This second, expanded edition features 630 articles on filmmakers, performers, cinematographers, composers, and producers; 130 of these entries are new.
The fifth issue of IERES' Russian-language jounral Counterpoint (Kontrapunkt) is now online!
Maria Lipman, editor of Counterpoint, discusses the August 1991 coup attempt in the Soviet Union with David Remnick in the New Yorker Radio Hour.
Stanford University Press just published a new volume edited by IERES members, Professors Henry Hale and Robert Orttung. Copies are available to order here.
Routledge recently released Professor Marlene Laruelle's edited edition "New Mobilities and Social Changes in Russia's Arctic Regions."
Professor Marlene Laruelle gives interview with VOA about increased cooperation between the United States and the Central Asian nations.
The fourth issue of IERES' Russian-language jounral Counterpoint (Kontrapunkt) is now online!
IERES Associate Director Prof. Cory Welt served as moderator during a recent event with the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili, where he shared his outlook on enhancing Euro-Atlantic security and other topics.
Voice of America covered our recent event "The Life and Legacy of Boris Nemtsov," dedicated to the legacy of the fallen politician.
IERES' winter 2016 newsletter is now available online! You can read about the Institute's new PIRE grant ; the "Old Patterns, New Order" exhibition ; the fall's CESS conference ; PONARS workshops in Astana, DC, and Istanbul ; and much more.
The exhibit "Old Patterns, New Order: Socialist Realism in Central Asia," hosted at the GWU Textile Museum, was mentioned on WETA as part of their Around Town series.
The Winter 2016 issue of Demokratizatsiya contains a special section devoted to the first year anniversary of Boris Nemtsov's assassination. The articles provide a detailed political biography of Nemtsov, views from various people who knew him, and analyses of his role as a provincial intellectual, campaigner, and critic of the Sochi Olympics. The issue also contains an article analyzing the role of the oligarchs in Ukrainian politics.
The PONARS program's recent event "Putin and Putinism Two Years after Euromaidan" - featuring Nikolay Petrov (Center for Political-Geographic Research) and Brian Taylor (Syracuse University) - was broadcast on C-SPAN. You can enjoy the coverage here.
IERES is proud to announce the opening of the exhibit "Old Patterns, New Order: Socialist Realism in Central Asia” at the GWU Textile Museum! The exhibit is free of charge and runs until May 29, 2016. A review of the exhibit from the Washington Diplomat can be found here.
The new journal Counterpoint, published by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, is now online!
Discussions with directors Shukhrat Abbasov and Ayub Shahobiddinov from the Central Asia Program's Uzbek Cinema Week are now available online.
GWToday recently published an article about IERES' event "The History and Politics of the Armenian Genocide after 100 Years." The article can be found here.
Professor Marlene Laruelle recently wrote two edited volumes: Eurasianism and the European Far Right and Between Europe and Asia: The Origins, theories, and Legacies of Russian Eurasianism.
“Marlene Laruelle has assembled an impressive team of authors who show
that Alexander Dugin’s Eurasianism is best understood as an offshoot of the European
Far Right, and not as a product of Russia’s distinctive cultural heritage.”
—Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University
“This collection contributes significantly to the burgeoning international field of comparative fascism studies, and also allows some of the inner metapolitical logic of Putin’s foreign policy to become transparent and intelligible. An important book which should be read by all those who claim to be experts on the machinations of contemporary Russia, and which finally puts some substance into vapid discussions of its ‘fascism.’”
—Roger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University
This book (co-edited with Mark Bassin and Sergey Glebov) analyzes the origins and development of Eurasianism, an intellectual movement that proclaimed the existence of Eurasia, a separate civilization coinciding with the former Russian Empire. The essays explore the historical roots, the heyday of the movement in the 1920s, and the afterlife of the movement in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods.
“A superb collection and brilliant achievement. Each chapter builds on previous ones to provide an original and path-breaking study of the very complex movement that we call ‘Eurasianism.’ Undoubtedly a landmark publishing event in the field.” —Richard Sakwa, University of Kent
“An innovative, well rounded volume that will certainly occupy a prominent place in the literature on the Eurasianist movement.” —Nathaniel Knight, Seton Hall University
A video of a recent panel that IERES co-sponsored with the Center on Global Interests (2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: Political, Economic, and Social Implications) was broadcast on C-SPAN! You can enjoy the panel here.
Professor Eliot Sorel, Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), recently helped issue a statement on collaborative and integrated care. The statement's text can be found here.
On June 4 and 5, 2015, GWU hosted its annual "Promoting Arctic Urban Sustainability in Russia" conference. Agendas and presentations from the conference can be found here.
One of the participants in our Central Asia Program's "Women and Water in Central and South Asia" project was selected to share her narratives in the "Water for Life Voices" exhibit at UN headquarters in New York City.
Caption: "We feel at the end that we have done a great job. And we feel our village is better than the city because city people have to queue to get water, from morning to evening. When we want to use [water], we can...so now we feel proud." Urmila, Women and Water in Central and South Asia, India
GWU Professors Peter Rollberg & Eliot Sorel with Ukrainian Parliamentarian Mustafa NAYYEM, IERES students & faculty at the World Youth Democracy Forum (WYDF) on Friday 13 February 2015. This was the WYDF's 8th edition. It was a most spirited and enlightening one. A video of the event can be found here.
What do the experts have to say about Ukraine? IERES' "Ukraine One On One" series asked Stephen Nix (IRI), Olga Onuch (University of Manchester), and John O'Loughlin (University of Colorado) their opinions on the current socio-political situation in the country. Their filmed responses on such topics as "What do Ukrainians Think," "Who was on the Euromaidan," and "How Important is Language in Ukraine," are now available to view online.
New book by Professor Henry E. Hale: Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective. This work proposes a new way of understanding events throughout the world that are usually interpreted as democratization, rising authoritarianism, or revolution. Containing in-depth narratives of the post-1991 political history of post-Soviet polities, this book also has chapters on czarist history, the Soviet era, and contemporary global patterns.
"Patronal Politics explains more about the trajectories of post-Soviet societies than anything else on the market.” - Kimberly Marten, Columbia University.
“The realism of his approach is bracing. The model is elegant. The empirical research is rich and compelling.” - PaulD'Anieri, University of California, Riverside.
"This is a path-breaking study.” - Vladimir Gel'man, European University at St. Petersburg, and the University of Helsinki.
A video of our recent event Reporting from the Frontlines in Ukraine is available to watch online.
Professor Hope Harrison's reflections on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall have been included on the International Spy Museum's blog.
Explore the dozens of insightful policy memos from the PONARS Eurasia annual conference. Also see exclusive features and commentary about the latest developments in Ukraine. Based at IERES, the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) is a network of over 100 leading academics connecting scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia.
The Central Asia Program is excited to announce the launch of a new journal, Central Asian Affairs. Central Asian Affairs is a peer-reviewed journal that is published three times per year. It aims to feature innovative social science research on contemporary developments in the wider Central Asian region and raise the standards of scholarship for Central Eurasian Studies. For more information on submitting a manuscript click here.
The Central Asia Program at IERES has been awarded a $270,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion & International Affairs. The grant will support a new Central Eurasia – Religion in International Affairs (CERIA) initiative. CERIA aims to become a platform of knowledge on religion in the wider Central Asian region, and will investigate religion as a 'societal shaper' that has broader implications in shaping politics, security, economy, nation-building and culture. Using this approach, CERIA hopes to contribute to a broader discussion on the role of religion in international affairs.
Women's Parliamentary Representation: The Case of Poland
April 26, 2017
Mining Firms and Local Communities in Central Asia
April 26, 2017
The Tricky Matter of Defining Religion
April 27, 2017
Rethinking Russian Media Strategy and Influence
April 28, 2017
Professor Sarah Wagner received a Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Professor Hope M. Harrison interviewed by CNN on political oppositionists in Putin's Russia.
Professor Hope M. Harrison quoted in USA Today piece on recent protests in Russia.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse authors paper "EU-Turkmenistan: Should the PCA be Ratified" which the European Parliament has recently published in its Workshop on EU-Turkmenistan Relations.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article for the World Politics Review about reforms in Kazakhstan and presidential transition.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article "Putin's Regime and the Ideological Market: A Difficult Balancing Game" for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Professor Sebastien Peyrouse publishes article on the connections between poverty, corruption, and the drug trade in Central Asia.
Professor Marlene Laruelle writes articles on Putin's ideological leanings for Intersection: Russia/Europe/World and on the Kremlin's possible use of hardline Islam for the French Institute of International Relations.
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 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.