The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia
(PONARS Eurasia)

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The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) is a network of over 100 academics, mainly from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, who advance new policy approaches to research and security in Russia and Eurasia. Its core missions are to connect scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia and to foster a community, especially of mid-career and rising scholars, committed to developing policy-relevant and collaborative research.

PONARS Eurasia offers analysis and influences policy debates through its Policy Memo and Policy Perspectives series, Policy Blogs, and Working Papers. The program’s annual conference brings over 30 leading scholars together with nearly 200 members of the DC policy, NGO, and academic community at the Elliott School. The program’s signature overseas workshops and conferences produce innovative discussions and widely-distributed publications on contemporary political, economic, and social topics. Click the Members tab to view current members and here for membership information. Click here for content usage permissions and Policy Memo citation guidelines.

PONARS Eurasia is located at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, and is co-directed by Henry E. Hale and Cory Welt. From 2007-2009, the program was based at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Between 2001-2007, the Program on New Approaches to Russian Security (PONARS, the precursor to PONARS Eurasia) was part of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The program was housed at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2000-2001 after being launched and managed from Harvard University in the late 1990s by Celeste A. Wallander, who directed the program until 2009.

PONARS Eurasia is generously supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The George Washington University/IERES.

PONARS Eurasia | ПОНАРС Евразия


Project Directors

Henry E. Hale
Associate Professor of Political Science
and International Affairs, IERES
[email protected]

Cory Welt
Associate Director and Associate Research Professor
of International Affairs, IERES
[email protected] | 202.994.8362



Alexander Schmemann
Managing Editor, PONARS Eurasia
[email protected] | 202.994.2072

Olga Novikova
Program Coordinator, PONARS Eurasia
[email protected] | 202.994.5915

Sufian Zhemukhov
Russian Language Editor, PONARS Eurasia
Senior Research Associate, IERES
[email protected]

Daniel Heintz
Research Assistant


Executive Committee

Mikhail Alexseev (San Diego State University) • Vladimir Gelman (European University at St. Petersburg; Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki) • Henry E. Hale (GW) • Shairbek Juraev (OSCE Academy in Bishkek) • Kimberly Marten (Barnard College, Columbia University) • Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu) • Oxana Shevel (Tufts University) • Cory Welt (GW)



Website (in Russian)



Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES),
Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University (GW)

The Elliott School of International Affairs
(Home to IERES and PONARS Eurasia)
1957 E. Street, NW, Suite 412, Washington, DC 20052