On February 4th, 2019 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, another installment of the DMGS – Kennan Institute Distinguished Speakers Series took place. Dr. Nigel Gould-Davies, former British Foreign Service Officer, currently an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and professor at Mahidol University in Thailand and Dr. Daniel P. Ahn, a senior consulting economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, formerly Chief Economist at the State Department, delved into the complexities of the US sanctions that have been imposed on Russia’s elites.
On January 17th, DMGS Eurasia expert Edward Lemon spoke on a panel focusing on “Domestic and International Impacts of Kleptocracy” at the Kennan Institute in Washington DC. Dr. Lemon used the case study of Tajikistan, an impoverished post-Soviet state that has seen over half of its wealth plundered by its authoritarian regime, to illustrate how kleptocracy, or government by thieves, has important impacts on state development and national security
DMGS Eurasia expert Edward Lemon has edited a book entitled Critical Approaches to Security in Central Asia, which has been published by Routledge. The book brings together 15 chapters by 19 experts from the United States, Europe, China and Central Asia.
Alan B. Kelly retired as Executive Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel on November 15, 2018. DMGS’ Board of Trustees thanks Mr. Kelly for his service and hard work on behalf of DMGS.”
Professional Policy Analyst and DMGS Student Irakli Jgharkava Describes Russia’s Information Warfare as a “Menace to Georgian National Security” in GIP Article
Igharkava concludes, “Russia is spreading fear that Georgia could lose its national identity if it moves closer towards Europe. If unchecked, these far-right attitudes have the potential to become strong wedges between Georgia and the West, paralyzing the country and instigating national security issues as impediments to Georgia’s pro-Western agenda.”
The Diplomat Interviews Dr. Edward Lemon, Eurasia Expert at DMGS: Terrorism and Other Challenges for Tajikistan in 2019
Dr. Lemon says, “The claim by Islamic State that it was behind the deadly prison riot in early November is hard to verify. We may never know what sparked the riot. What we do know is that over 20 prisoners and two prison guards are now dead, with their families left without an explanation.”