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Robert W. Orttung

Associate Research Professor of International Affairs; Assistant Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
Suite 412 C
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-5730
Fax: 202-994-5436

Areas of Expertise

Comparative politics, Russia, Ukraine, Energy security, Federalism, Democracy


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Professor Orttung came to GW in 2011, after working at the Open Media Research Institute, EastWest Institute, American University's Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, and the Jefferson Institute. Orttung works as the assistant director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. In correlation with his work at GW, Orttung is also a visiting fellow at the Center for Security Studies of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.


Ph.D., University of California–Los Angeles


Professor Orttung has published numerous articles in the media, including inThe New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street JournalInternational Herald TribunePoliticoNewsdayMoscow Times, and Nezavisimaya gazeta. He has also appeared on NPR's All Things Considered.