Project on the Transnational History of the Far Right

Project on the Transnational History of the Far Right


In 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Marlene Laruelle and with the generous support of an anonymous donor, IERES launched a multi-year international project devoted to the “Transnational History of the Far Rights.”

At a time when global political dynamics seem to be moving in favor of illiberal regimes around the world, our project seeks to fill in some of the blank pages in the contemporary history of the far right, with a particular focus on the transnational dimensions of far-right movements in the broader Europe/Eurasia region.

This project has so far resulted in several books:

It has also produced several articles:

Several other publications are on their way:

  • A translation from Russian to English of archival documents on the Vlasov case (Andrey Vlasov, a Red Army general who defected to Germany in 1942 and led the main Russian army that collaborated with the Nazi regime), to be published by Ibidem-Verlag by the summer of 2019.
  • A translation from French to Russian of Emmanuel Faye’s reference book Heidegger, L’introduction du nazisme dans la philosophie, to be published by Delo Editions by the end of 2019.
  • A new collected volume on the connections between Russian White emigration and the European far right.

Research team:

Marlene Laruelle is Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director at the George Washington’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Laruelle is also a Co-Director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia) and Director of GW’s Central Asia Program. Dr. Laruelle received her Ph.D. in history from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO) and her “Habilitation” at Sciences Po in Paris. Dr. Laruelle has authored Russian Eurasianism: An Ideology of Empire (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), In the Name of the Nation: Nationalism and Politics in Contemporary Russia (Palgrave, 2009), Russia’s Strategies in the Arctic and the Future of the Far North (M.E. Sharpe, 2013), and Russian Nationalism: Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields (Routledge, 2018); she has also edited Entangled Far Rights: A Russian-European Intellectual Romance in the 20th Century (Pittsburgh University Press, 2018) and Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Russia-Europe Relationship (Lexington, 2015).

Jean-Yves Camus is Associate Researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) in Paris and Director of the Observatory of Political Radicalism at Foundation Jean Jaures. He is also sits on the Scientific Board of the Délégation interministérielle pour la lutte contre le racisme, l’antisémtisme et la lutte contre l’homophobie (DILCRAH). Prior to this, he was research director at the European Center for Research on Racism and Anti-Semitism (CERA) in Paris. He was a member of the Île de France Equality Council, an official committee advising the municipality of Paris on anti-discrimination matters He is the author of seven books in French about the Front National and the rise of religious and political extremism, including Le Front national, histoire et analyse (Éditions Olivier Laurens, 1996), Le Front national (Éditions Milan), and Extrémismes en France : faut-il en avoir peur ? (Éditions Milan, 2006). He edited Les Extrémismes en Europe (La Tour d’Aigues, éditions de l’Aube, 1998). He has also published scholarly articles and opinion pieces on the Front National, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism in France in French, German, and Spanish. With Nicolas Lebourg, he recently co-authored The Extreme Rights in Europe (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Nicolas Lebourg is Associate Researcher at the Center for the Study of Latin Europe (CEPEL) at Montpellier University, Perpignan, and a member of the National Agency for Research’s (ANR) VIORAMIL (Violence and Political Radicalism in France) project. An expert on far-right groups, he has published about fifty articles and chapters and several books, among others Les Nazis ont-ils survécu? Enquête sur les Internationales fascistes et les croisés de la race blanche (Seuil, 2019), Les Droites extrêmes en Europe (Seuil, 2015), Dans l’Ombre des Le Pen. Une histoire des n°2 du Front National (Nouveau Monde, 2012), and François Duprat, l’homme qui inventa le Front National (Denoël,  2012). His texts in English include Nicolas Lebourg, Jean-Yves Camus, and Jose Luis Rodriguez Jimenez, “Pro-Soviet Groups in the Cold War European Radical Right,” in Marlene Laruelle, ed., Entangled Far Rights: A Russian-European Intellectual Romance in the Twentieth Century (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), 131-153; “Arriba Eurasia? The Difficult Establishment of Eurasianism in Spain,” in Marlene Laruelle, ed., Eurasianism and European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe-Russia Relationship (Lexington, 2015), 125-142; and The French Far Right in Russia’s Orbit,  Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, May 15, 2018. He also recently co-authored The Extreme Rights in Europe (Harvard University Press, 2017) with Jean-Yves Camus.

Ellen Rivera is an independent researcher who specializes in the post-war German far right, with a particular focus on post-war anti-communist organizations. In the framework of her research with the George Washington University’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), she has been studying the current links between proponents of the German and the Russian far rights, mostly through extensive social network analyses and media monitoring. She co-authored “Imagined Geographies of Central and Eastern Europe: The Concept of Intermarium,” IERES Occasional Papers, no. 1 (March 2018) and “Collusion or Homegrown Collaboration? Connections between German Far Right and Russia,” Political Capital (Budapest), April 2018.

Périne Schir is a PhD student in political sociology. She holds an MA in Sociology and Philosophy from Rouen University and is an adjunct professor of Political Theory at the Faculty of Human Sciences at Rouen University. Her research focuses on representation systems that shape the ideas and behaviors of far-right group participants, in particular how the notion of metapolitics transforms ideological practices and political engagement.

Adrien Nonjon is a PhD student at the Research Center Europe-Eurasia (CREE) at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures (INALCO), Paris. He holds a MA in Geopolitics and Political Science. His research focuses on the Ukrainian far right and the different political and cultural dynamics. Previously, he studied the Azov movement; nationalist countercultures such as “eco-nationalism,” white rock, and neopaganism; and the role of sport in the Ukrainian far-right movement. His PhD is devoted to the concept of Intermarium in its different pan-European incarnations.

 Emmanuel Faye is professor of modern and contemporary philosophy at Rouen University. He has been working on a critical analysis of the different authors who contributed to legitimize the national-socialist worldviews in philosophy. He is the author, among others, of Heidegger. The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935 (Translated by Michael B. Smith, Foreword by Tom Rockmore, Yale University Press, 2009), “Eric Voegelins Haltung zum Nationalsozialismus. Überlegungen zum Briefwechsel Krieck-Voegelin (1933-1934),” in Politisierung der Wissenschaft. Jüdische Wissenschaftler und ihre Gegner an der Universität Frankfurt vor und nach 1933, Herausgegeben von Moriz Epple, Johannes Fried, Raphael Gross und Janus Gudian, Schriftenreihe des Frankfurter Universitätsarchivs (Hg. von Notker Hammerstein und Michael Maaser), Bd. 05, Göttingen : Wallstein Verlag, 2016) and Arendt et Heidegger. Extermination nazie et destruction de la pensée (Albin Michel, 2016). He has co-edited with Marlene Laruelle Heidegger, Black Notebooks, and Russia (Moscow: Delo Editions, 2018, in Russian).

Peter Rollberg is Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the George Washington University. In 1988, he earned his Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Leipzig. In 1990-1991, he taught at Duke University. Among his English-, German-, and Russian-language publications are articles on Aleksandr Pushkin, Feodor Dostoevsky, Lev Tolstoy, Vladimir Nabokov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Vasilii Grossman, Mikhail Prishvin, Vasilii Belov, Vladimir Makanin, and Anatolii Kim. He has also written about aspects of Russian and German cinema and media and edited The Modern Encyclopedia of East Slavic, Baltic, and Eurasian Literatures (Academic International Press, 1996). Peter Rollberg was the director of the GWU Honors Program from 2001 to 2003, director of the GWU Film Studies Program from 2000 to 2010, Chair of the German and Slavic Department from 1999 to 2001, and Chair of the Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures from 2006 to 2009. He is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 2008), the expanded second edition of which was published in 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield. In 2014, he edited Mass Media in the Post-Soviet World: Market Forces, State Actors, and Political Manipulation in the Informational Environment after Communism (Ibidem-Verlag, 2018).