Dr. Marlene Laruelle is Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; Co-director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia); Director of the Central Asia Program at IERES.
She is a recipient of the 2019 Michael E. Brown Elliott School Research Prize.
Marlene Laruelle’s works on political, social and cultural changes in the post-Soviet space. She explores the transformations of nationalist and conservative ideologies in Russia, nationhood construction in Central Asia, as well as the development of Russia’s Arctic regions. She has been the Principal Investigator of several grants on Russian nationalism, on Russia’s strategies in the Arctic, and on Central Asia’s domestic and foreign policies from the US State Department, the Defense Department, the National Science Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Henry Luce Foundation, etc.
Her most recent books include Russian Nationalism. Imaginaries, Doctrines and Political Battlefields, London: Routledge, 2018; Understanding Russia. The Challenges of Transformation, Lanham, Boulder, New York: Rowman & Littlefield, co-authored with Jean Radvanyi, 2018; Russia’s Arctic Strategies and the Future of the Far North, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2014