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Marlene Laruelle

Marlene Laruelle is Director of the Central Asia Program, and a Research Professor of International Affairs at The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, The 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 holds a Ph.D. at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures in Paris.

Her main areas of expertise are political and social evolutions, identity issues, nationalism, citizenship and migration in Russia and Central Asia. She 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), and Russia’s Strategies in the Arctic and the Future of the Far North (M.E. Sharpe, 2013). She has co-authored Globalizing Central Asia. Geopolitics and The Challenges of Economic Development (M.E. Sharpe, 2013); and The ‘Chinese Question’ in Central Asia. Domestic Order, Social Changes, and the Chinese Factor (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2013), and co-edited China and India in Central Asia. A new “Great Game”? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and Mapping Central Asia: Indian Perceptions and Strategies (Ashgate, 2011). She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple projects on Russian think tanks and political networks, and on Central Asia’s neighborhood. Since 2009, she has been working on the Central Asia-Afghanistan’s relationship, and is a Subject Matter Expert at the ISAF Independent Assessment Group at NATO Central Agency.

She is currently working on a project on 'Engineering the nation' that investigates the multiple places of production of a national identity in Russia.