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.
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.”
DMGS-Kennan Event with Bellingcat’s Alic Toler and Dr. Edward Lemon: How Open-Source Investigations Shed Light on MH17 Shoot-Down, Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria, and More (Audio)
Toler gave an overview of how Bellingcat conducts its research, highlighting how it identified the two Russian military intelligence agents involved in poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury in the United Kingdom earlier in 2018, found evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of MH17 in 2014 and identified an agent involved in a 2016 coup attempt in Montenegro.
DMGS’s International Relations Expert Dr. Edward Lemon’s Landmark Report on the Thousands of Central Asians Recruited as Jihadists in Syria and Iraq for Harvard’s Russia Matters
“The destructive potential of violent extremists from Central Asia may be amplified by their ability to cooperate with other groups, particularly from elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, though not only. Some Central Asians have risen to positions of authority within IS and other international terrorist organizations, expanding their networks and clout . . .”