Centers, Institutes & Initiatives

Our research centers and institutes provide an institutional framework for scholars working in regional and topical fields of study, while our cutting-edge initiatives connect cross-curricular faculty and research to address critical global issues. Together, they contribute to the Elliott School’s mission of producing scholarship that advances understanding of important global issues, in order to engage the public and the policy community both domestic and abroad in fostering international dialogue and shaping policy solutions.

March 2021 Scholar Highlight

If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Scholar or a Non-Resident Scholar at the Elliott School, please contact one of the centers or institutes listed above via their general inbox. Our scholars come from all around the world and bring both academic and practitioners' skills to their host programs. 



Dr. Edward Lemon, a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, will be joining the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) as a Visiting Scholar. His project will be titled “Conceptualizing Hierarchy and Resilience in Great Power Politics” with Institute Director Professor Marlene Laruelle, funded by a Minerva Research Initiative Grant from the Department of Defense. The project will focus on the reemergence of a multipolar world with great power competition in the post-Cold War period, namely how Russia, China and the US have each attempted to cultivate relations with the Central Asian republics across diplomatic, informational, military and economic channels. Dr. Lemon will be leading project fieldwork across Central Asia, conduct numerous Key Informant Interviews, and analyze existing survey data to understand local perceptions and on the great power competition unfolding in the region. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Exeter.

Dr. Yuval Weber, a consultant for Metis Solutions in Arlington, VA, will be joining the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) as a Visiting Scholar as well. He will be collaborating with Dr. Lemon and Dr. Laruelle on the “Conceptualizing Hierarchy and Resilience in Great Power Politics” project. Dr. Weber will be in charge of creating a Hierarchy and Resilience Index between great powers and subordinate states, depicting those relationships using network analysis, and developing an automatic program to model their variations. Like Dr. Lemon, he will also oversee the work of several graduate student researchers (GSRs) at IERES over the course of the grant. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas-Austin, and has formerly served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University and as a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Mr. Kyu-Hae Jung, a Senior Reporter of Maekyung Media Group, will be joining the Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) as a Visiting Scholar. His project is titled “Sino-U.S. trade war as a strategic conflict and its influence on inter-Korean ties”, and he will be studying how the struggle for regional dominance between the U.S. and China can create policy challenges for South Korea, who relies politically on the U.S. and economically on China. Dr. Jung wishes to determine how South Korea can best position itself between the powers and improve its relationship with North Korea, amidst existing regional tensions. In addition, he wishes to draw inspiration from Singapore’s case, who has managed to maintain friendly relationships with both the US and China.