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October 23, 2020

Center-Periphery Politics in Russia: Instability and Adaptation

October 26, 2020

What is at Stake with Conservatism in Russia?

October 27, 2020

Current Challenges Facing the Post-Soviet Societies of Central Asia

October 29, 2020

1150th Anniversary of Al-Farabi: The Legacy of Medieval Wisdom

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At the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), our primary mission is to promote and support the study of Europe and Eurasia through research, courses, events, and publications. The Institute’s hallmarks are combining academic rigor with policy engagement, promoting interdisciplinary perspectives, and recognizing that Europe, Russia, and Eurasia cannot be understood in isolation from each other or from global trends.

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IERES leverages its position in a world-class university and its unrivaled location–just steps from the White House, State Department, and World Bank–to draw together students, scholars, policymakers, and culturally important figures from around the globe for activities that advance education, research, and practice.


The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) is a network of over 125 academics, mainly from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, advancing new approaches to research on security, politics, economics, and society in Russia and Eurasia. 

Central Asia Program

The Central Asia Program (CAP)  promotes high-quality academic research on contemporary Central Asia, and serves as an interface for the policy, academic, diplomatic, and business communities. 

Illiberalism Studies Program

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversty of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogoy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene. 

Arctic Program

The Arctic Program is a NSF sponsored international research network that promotes meaningful dialogue about Arctic urban sustainability issues among policymakers and the public, and also provides support and materials to educators wishing to promote education on these Arctic issues.

Transatlantic Program

The transatlantic commitment has been challenged by the last decades’ geopolitical transformations both in the US, Europe, Middle East and Eurasia. While the US and Europe still share the same values agenda, their strategic interests seem to dissociate gradually, and the weakening of multilateral institutions have accentuated tensions. The Transatlantic Program studies the evolution of the relationship, the political and societal changes of European states, and engages with the practicionners’ community on both sides of the ocean to develop both academic and policy solutions.

Petrach Program on Ukraine

The Petrach Program on Ukraine conducts a large number of activities that improve the understanidng of Ukraine in the United States. The Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellowship brings to the Institute scholars working on contemporary Ukraine in any area of the humanities and social sciences.