Director of Central Asia Program
Ph.D., INALCO Paris (France), 2002
Russian political and social evolutions, identity issues, nationalism, and citizenship; Central Asian political and social evolutions, identity issues, and geopolitics; migrations in Russia, Arctic, and Central Asia
Marlène Laruelle is a Director of the Central Asia Program and a Research Professor of International Affairs, The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC.
She is an Associate Scholar at Sciences Po (the Institute of Political Studies, Paris), at the French Center for Russian, Caucasian and East-European Studies (CERCEC) at the School of Advanced Social Sciences Studies (EHESS, Paris), at the Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE, Madrid) and a member of the Brussels-based EUCAM (Europe-Central Asia Monitoring). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2005-2006).
She has also been the principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple projects on Russian think tanks and political networks.
Marlène Laruelle's Website
- Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire (Woodrow Wilson Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)
- In the Name of the Nation: Nationalism and Politics in Contemporary Russia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
- The 'Chinese Question' in Central Asia: Domestic Order, Social Changes, and the Chinese Factor (Hurst, Columbia University Press, February 2012, co-authored with Sébastien Peyrouse).
- Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia (Routledge, hard cover 2009, paperback 2010, editor)
- China and India in Central Asia. A new "Great Game"? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, co-edited with Jean-François Huchet, Sébastien Peyrouse, and Bayram Balci)
- Mapping Central Asia: Indian Perceptions and Strategies (Ashgate, 2011, co-edited with Sébastien Peyrouse)
Ph.D., Yale University
Russia, Tajikistan, Iran, and Central Asian history
Muriel Atkin is working on a study of the roles of Islam and nationalism in the political conflict in Tajikistan, a Central Asian republic. Her other research interests include Russian policy towards Muslims at home and abroad, and Russian/Soviet relations with Iran. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Russian history and Central Asia.
- "Tajikistan, from de facto colony to sovereign dependency." Sovereignty after Empire: Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia, S.N. Cummings and R. Hinnebusch, eds. Columbia University Press and Edinburgh University Press, 2011, pp. 304-325
- "Central Asia and the Caucasus from the First World War." New Cambridge History of Islam, vol. 5, F. Robinson, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 517-541.
- Russia and Iran, 1780-1828. 2nd. ed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press Press, 2008
- "A President and His Rivals," in Power and Change in Central Asia , S.N. Cummings, ed. (2001)
- "The Ambiguous Position of Women in Tajikistan," in Women in Central Asia , (2001).
- "The Rhetoric of Islamophobia." Central Asia and the Caucasus 1 (2000): 123-132.
Ph.D., Harvard University (1998)
Ethnic politics, federalism, democratization, political parties, politics of Eurasia (esp. Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia)
Henry E. Hale (Ph.D. Harvard University 1998), Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, is Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), its Petrach Program on Ukraine, and the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia). His writings focus on issues of ethnicity, democracy, and international integration, and he is the winner of the American Political Science Association's Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award for 2006 and 2007 and the APSA's Qualitative Methods Section's Alexander George Award in 2003.
He spent 2007-2008 on a Fulbright Scholarship in Moscow working on a new book, Great Expectations: The Politics of Regime Change in Eurasia, which he is currently writing up. Prior to joining GW, he taught at Indiana University (2000-2005), the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia (1999), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1997-98). He has also served as coordinator of party-building programs at Harvard's Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project (1998-2000) and editor of the Russian Election Watch (1999-2000 and 2003-04).
Henry Hale's Website
· "Divided We Stand" (World Politics, 2003) *winner APSA's Qualitative Methods Section's Alexander George Award
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
South Asian history, Afghanistan, Central Asia, modern imperialism, British imperialism, world history
Before joining GWU, Ben Hopkins was a research fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, for two years. He had also been a visiting professor in the department of International History at the London School of Economics. He received his BSc. in International Relations and History from the LSE and his PhD from the University of Cambridge.
Professor Hopkins works on the modern history of the South Asian subcontinent, with a focus on Afghanistan and British imperialism in the region. He is particularly interested in the political and cultural constellations which emerged during the period of European colonialism. His first book, The Making of Modern Afghanistan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), examines the failed efforts of the British East India Company to construct a modern Afghan state in the early nineteenth century and the consequences of that failure for the region. He is currently working on a co-authored volume entitled Fragments of the Afghan Frontier (Hurst & Co., forthcoming), which analyzes the formation and governance of the Frontier, as well as the everyday lived experiences of its inhabitants. Professor Hopkins has additionally published articles on the slave trade in Central Asia in the nineteenth century, Perso-Afghan boundary disputes and the history of jihad on the North-West Frontier.
Professor Hopkins' research has been supported by the Nuffield Foundation (UK), the British Academy, and the American Institute of Iranian Studies. In 2005, his dissertation won the Senior Rouse Ball prize from Trinity College, Cambridge for scholarly excellence.
Ph.D. at the National
Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures in Paris
and International Relations; Political regimes in Central Asia; Islam,
Islamism, and religious minorities in Central Asia; Geopolitics of Central
Asia; Military issues in the Central Asian states; Central Asia’s geopolitical
positioning toward Russia and South Asia; The rise of Chinese influence and
mutual perceptions between China and Central Asia
Sébastien Peyrouse is a Research Professor of International
Affairs, The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), The
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington
DC. He is an Associated Scholar with the Institute for International and Strategic
Relations (IRIS, Paris), and with the Fundación para las Relaciones
Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE, Madrid) and a member of the
Brussels-based EUCAM (Europe-Central Asia Monitoring). He was a Senior Research
Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program
(Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies,
2007-2012), a Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center
for Scholars in Washington (2006-2007), and a doctoral and postdoctoral Fellow
at the French Institute for Central Asia Studies in Tashkent (1998-2000 and
He has also authored or co-authored seven books on Central
Asia in French, and has been translated into Russian, Italian, German and
Sébastien Peyrouse's Website
- Turkmenistan. Strategies of Power, Dilemmas of
(Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2011)
- Co-authored The ‘Chinese Question’ in Central Asia. Domestic Order,
Social Changes, and the Chinese Factor (London, New York:
Hurst, Columbia University Press, February 2012).
- China and India in Central Asia. A new "Great
Game"? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, co-edited with
Jean-François Huchet, Marlène Laruelle and Bayram Balci)
- Mapping Central Asia: Indian Perceptions and Strategies
(Ashgate, 2011, co-edited with Marlène Laruelle)
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Development theory, democracy development, media
and development, culture and politics, indigenous rights, Central Asia,
former Soviet Union, and China
Joining the Elliott School in 2008 as the
Director of the International Development Studies program, Professor
Roberts is a cultural anthropologist with extensive applied experience
in international development work.
Having conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the
Uyghur people of Central Asia and China during the 1990s, he has
published extensively on this community in scholarly journals and in
collected volumes. In addition, he produced a documentary film on the
community entitled Waiting for Uighurstan (1996).
In 1998-2000 and 2002-2006, he worked at the
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Central
Asia on democracy programs, designing and managing projects in civil
society development, political party assistance, community development,
independent media strengthening, and elections assistance.
During the 2006-07 and 2007-08
academic years, Dr. Roberts was a post-doctoral fellow in Central Asian
Affairs at Georgetown University. At the same time, he continued to work
on development projects for a variety of NGOs and served as a Senior
Program Officer at the Center for Civil Society and Governance at the
Academy for Educational Development where he managed a peace-building
project in Darfur, Sudan and an anti-corruption project in Moldova.
Sean Robert's Blog
- “Doing the Democracy Dance in Kazakhstan: Democracy Development as Cultural
Encounter.” Slavic Review Forthcoming (Summer, 2012)
and the United States: Twenty Years of
Ambiguous Partnership.” Atlantic Council Issue Brief, 2011
- “What’s Ethnicity
Got To Do With It? Healing the Wounds of
Uzbek-Kyrgyz Violence in the Ferghana Valley,” PONARS Policy Memo No.
106. Kyrgyzstan: Recovery and Reformation, Policy Perspectives. PONARS Eurasia, August 2009.
- “Imagining Uyghurstan: Re-evaluating the Birth of the Modern Uyghur
Nation.” Central Asian Survey. 28(4):361-382 (2009).
- “Saving Democracy Promotion
from Short-Term Foreign Policy Interests in Central Asia.” A
Century Foundation Report. New York,
New York, 2009.
- “Daily Negotiations of Islam in Central
Asia: Practicing Religion in the Uyghur
Neighborhood of Zarya Vostoka in
Almaty, Kazakhstan.” Book chapter in Everyday
Life in Central Asia, Past and Present.
(Russell Zanca and Jeff Sahadeo, eds.) Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press, 2007.
- “The Dawn
of the East: A Uyghur Community
Between Central Asia and China.” Book
chapter in Situating the Uyghurs. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2007.
- “A Land of Borderlands: Implications of Xinjiang’s Trans-Border
Interactions.” Book chapter in Xinjiang:
China’s Muslim Borderlands.
(S. Frederick Starr, ed.) Armonk, NY:
ME Sharpe, 2004
Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004)
B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University (1995).
Cory Welt is Associate Director
and Professorial Lecturer of International Affairs at the Institute for
European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School.
At IERES, he co-directs the Program on New Approaches to Research and
Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) and teaches courses on post-Soviet
Eurasian politics and security. He has written several articles on
conflict resolution, transborder security, and political change,
including for Europe-Asia Studies, Demokratizatsiya, and The
Nonproliferation Review, and contributed book chapters to The Birth of
Modern Georgia (Jones, forthcoming), Democracy and Authoritarianism in
the Postcommunist World (Bunce, McFaul, Stoner-Weiss, eds., Cambridge
University Press) and America and the World in the Age of Terror
(Benjamin, ed., CSIS Press). Dr. Welt was previously associate director
(2007-2009) and director (2009) of the Eurasian Strategy Project at
Georgetown University and deputy director and fellow of the Russia and
Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Cory Welt's Homepage
- “Missed Opportunities: Revolutionary Violence and Ethnic Compromise in the First Georgian Republic”
(draft), for inclusion in The Birth of Modern Georgia: The First
Georgian Republic and Its Successors, 1918-2009, ed. Stephen F. Jones
- A More Proactive U.S. Approach to the Georgia Conflicts (with Samuel Charap), Center for American Progress, February 2011
- “Easing the Crossing: More Permits, Crossing Points and Clearer Rules Are Needed” (with Samuel Charap), Caucasus Security Insight no. 3, International Institute for Strategic Studies, February 2011
- “How to Resolve the Georgia Conflict” (with Samuel Charap), The Moscow Times, December 16, 2010
- Georgia’s Constitutional Reform,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst 12, no. 21 (November 10, 2010)
- “A New Approach to the Russia-Georgia Conflict” (with Samuel Charap), Center for American Progress, October 18, 2010
and transatlantic security issues (foremost EU, NATO and OSCE policies)
- Democratization in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
- US-Russia-China relations in Central Asia
- Rise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Western responses
- Development of sovereignty and semi-sovereign relations in Eurasia
- Politics surrounding US and Russian military bases abroad
- External promotion of democracy and human rights in a multipolar world
and Security in Central Asia
-International political economy of Central Asia and the
relations in the former Soviet Union
-Oil and Gas sector development in
leadership in the former Soviet Union.
Geographic and Social Theory
Mobilities and Immobilities
Geographies of Nationalism &
Geographies of IslamBiography
-Political regimes and democratization
processes in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia
-Issues of constitutional development
-Theories of constitutionalism
-Human security Biography
and energy issues in Central Asia
relations of Central Asia Biography
Central Asian and Caspian regional
-Political and social issues in Central Asia
-Geopolitics in Central Asia and the Caspian Region
-Caspian Energy policyBiography
-Drug control and law enforcement
in Central Asia
-Soviet medical history
-Public health care reform
reduction and HIV prevention among most-at-risk populationsBiography
-History of Kazakhstan and Central Asia
investigations in Central Asian history and culture
-Development of Central
Asian and Oriental studies in Europe
-Foreign policy of the Republic of
-Security, organized crime, and
power institutions in Central Asia
-Media landscape in Russia
-Central Asian regime
-Effects of Information Communication
Technology (ICT) on state and society
forms of conflict
-Resources and conflict
-Eurasian and European security.
-Social, economic and
political development of China;
-Foreign policy of the PRC
May- October 2012Expertise:
-Economic, social, and political development of Central Asia
-Country and Regional research
-Risk and Elite analysis
-World global energy,
-Energy transitions in Central Asia
-Central Asian energy relations
-Issues related with oil
economies and rentierism.
countries, mainly Algeria
- EuroMediterranean energy relationsBiography
-Political regimes of Central Asia
-Traditional forms of power distribution in Central Asia
-Intergovernmental organizations in Central Asia (SCO, CSTO)
Asia’s role in the geopolitics between Russia and China.
Kendall is a graduate student at The George Washington University's
Elliott School in the International Development Studies program. His focus is on conflict sensitive development programming and local governance building. Sam holds his BA in International
Relations from Boston University where he focused on Post-Soviet countries.
In 2008, Sam moved to Ukraine to become a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer. For two
years he worked on a variety of projects in a village of 1,000 people in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. After returning from Peace Corps Sam once again left the
United States for the former Soviet Union, this time as a Kiva Fellow in Tajikistan. In Tajikistan Sam worked with microfinance institutions and Kiva on a variety of projects.
The little spare time Sam has is spent reading books on Central Asia and science. When he graduates in 2013, Sam plans on moving to Central
Asia, where he hopes to work on development projects in the region.
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