Robert W. Orttung

Associate Research Professor of International Affairs; Director of Research, GW Sustainability Collaborative
Suite 412E Elliott School of International Affairs
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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

Curriculum Vitae

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


  • (with Sufian Zhemukhov), Putin's Olympics: The Sochi Games and the Evolution of Twenty-First Century Russia, London: Routledge, 2017.
  • Editor, Sustaining Russia’s Arctic Cities: Resource Politics, Migration, and Climate Change, New York: Berghahn Publishers, 2016.
  • Editor (with Henry E. Hale), Beyond the Euromaidan: Comparative Perspectives for Advancing Reform in Ukraine, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016.
  • Luis Suter, Carrie Schaffner, Carlson Giddings, Robert Orttung, & Dmitry Streletskiy,
  • “Developing Metrics to Guide Sustainable Development of Arctic Cities: Progress & Challenges,” 2017 Arctic Yearbook,
  • Laura C. Engel, Mary E. Short, Sarah E. Jennings, Robert W. Orttung & Luis J. Suter, “Digital Environmental Storytelling Connecting to the Arctic: #60Above60 Pilot,” 2017 Arctic Yearbook,
  • (With Andreas Wenger) “Explaining Cooperation and Conflict in Marine Boundary Disputes Involving Energy Deposits,” Region 5 (1) January 2016: 75-96,
  • (with Christina Cottiero, Katherine Kucharsky, and Evgenia Olimpieva), “War of Words: The Impact of Russian State Television on the Russian Internet,” Nationalities Papers 43:4 2015: 533-555.
  • (with Colin Reiser), “Urban Sustainability in Russia’s Arctic: Lessons from a Recent Conference and Areas for Further Investigations,” Polar Geography 37:3, 2014, 193-214.
  • Energy and the Transformation of International Relations: Toward a New Producer-Consumer Framework Andreas Wenger, Robert W. Orttung and Jeronim Perovic, eds., (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Russian Energy Power and Foreign Relations: Implications for Conflict and Cooperation, Jeronim Perovic, Robert W. Orttung, Andreas Wenger, eds., (Routledge, 2009)

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.