Associate Research Professor of International Affairs; Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
1957 E St NW, Suite 412
Areas of Expertise
Russian and Eurasian security; Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan); post-Soviet politics; ethnic conflict
Cory Welt is Associate Director and Associate Research Professor of International Affairs at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School. At IERES, he co-directs the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia) and teaches courses on post-Soviet Eurasian politics and security. Dr. Welt is a specialist on the Caucasus and U.S. policy toward Russia and Eurasia. He was also an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for American Progress from 2012-2014. He was previously associate director (2007-2009) and director (2009) of the Eurasian Strategy Project at Georgetown University and deputy director and fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (2003-2007). He received his Ph.D. in political science from MIT (2004) and his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University (1995).
Dr. Welt is the author of several articles and book chapters on conflict resolution, transborder security, and political change in the Caucasus, including for Europe-Asia Studies, Demokratizatsiya, The Nonproliferation Review, The Making of Modern Georgia, 1918-2012 (Jones, ed., Routledge), Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World (Bunce, McFaul, Stoner-Weiss, eds., Cambridge University Press) and America and the World in the Age of Terror (Benjamin, ed., CSIS Press). He has published numerous commentaries on post-Soviet politics and security, including for the Center for American Progress, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Moscow Times, Russia in Global Affairs, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.