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Marlene Laruelle

Marlene Laruelle is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program. For 2008, she is a Principal Investigator for the project “Coping with the Russo-Chinese Competition in Central Asia: Local Perspectives and Strategies”, granted by the Smith Richardson Foundation. Her main areas of expertise are Nationalism, national identities, political philosophy, intellectual trends and geopolitical conceptions of local elites in Russia and Central Asia. She has expertise in Russian and Central Asian foreign policy think tanks and academia, and in Russian policy towards Central Asia.

Laruelle is the author or co-author of four books in French: Russian Eurasianism. An Imperial Ideology (1999); The Aryan Myth and Imperial Dream in Tsarist Russia (2005); and, with Sébastien Peyrouse, Russians in Kazakhstan: National Identities and New States in the Post-Soviet Space (2004), and Central Asia, the Drift Towards Authoritarianism (2006). She is the editor of three volumes in French, Islam and Politics in the former Soviet Union (2005), The Red and the Black: The Far Right and Nationalism in Russia (2006), and Building Statehood: Socialism and Nation in (Post)Communist countries (2007), and three volumes in Russian on contemporary Russian Nationalism.

Her articles have appeared in numerous academic and journals such as Nationalities Papers, Central Asian Survey, Current trends in Islamist Ideologies, The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Kritika, Nations and Nationalism, Diogenes; in French in Cahiers du monde russe, Revue d'Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest, Cahiers d’Asie centrale, La Revue internationale et stratégique, Politique internationale, Cahiers d'Etudes de la Méditerranée Orientale Turque et Iranienne, Revue des études slaves; in Russian in Vestnik Evrazii, Ab Imperio, Etnograficheskoe obozrenie, Neprikosnovennyi zapas.

Her book in English, The Quest for an Imperial Identity: Eurasianism in Contemporary Russia, will be published by the Woodrow Wilson Press and John Hopkins University Press in 2008.

Laruelle holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Studies from the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Cultures in Paris. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science from Paris II-Assas University. She was a post-doctoral Fellow at the French Institute for Central Asian Studies in Tashkent (2002-2005) and a Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington (2005-2006). In Paris, she is an Associate Scholar at the French Center for Russian, Caucasian and East European Studies at the School of Advanced Social Sciences Studies. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Nationalities Papers, Central Eurasian Reader, and Cahiers d'Asie centrale.