Cory Welt

Associate Director, Associate Research Professor

Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)

The Elliott School of International Affairs

The George Washington University

 

 

1957 E Street NW, Suite 412

202-994-8362

cwelt@gwu.edu

http://elliott.gwu.edu/welt

@cory_welt

 

 

BIO

 

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. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Welt has written articles on conflict resolution, transborder security, and political change, including for Europe-Asia Studies, Demokratizatsiya, and The Nonproliferation Review, and contributed book chapters to Democracy and State Building in Georgia (Jones, forthcoming 2013), 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 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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004) and his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University (1995).

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Recent Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

Commentary

 

 

Recent Publications

“Achieving Unity in Ukraine,” Center for American Progress, April 18, 2014

“A Fateful Moment?: Ethnic Autonomy and Revolutionary Violence in the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921),” in Stephen F. Jones, ed., The Making of Modern Georgia, 1918-2012: The First Georgian Republic and its Successors (Routledge, 2014), 205-231.

“Responding to Russia’s Illegal Military Incursion in Ukraine” (with Rudy deLeon), Center for American Progress, March 3, 2014

“Choosing an Interim Government” (in Russian), Russia in Global Affairs, February 26, 2014

“An Opportunity to Resolve the Escalating Crisis in Ukraine,” Center for American Progress, February 21, 2014

 

Articles and Book Chapters

2014

“A Fateful Moment?: Ethnic Autonomy and Revolutionary Violence in the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921),” in Stephen F. Jones, ed., The Making of Modern Georgia, 1918-2012: The First Georgian Republic and its Successors (Routledge, 2014), 205-231.

2013

“Turkey-Armenian Normalisation and the Karabakh ConflictPerceptions: Journal of International Affairs 18, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 207-221 [Revised and expanded version of “To Link Or Not To Link? Turkey-Armenia Normalization and the Karabakh ConflictCaucasus International 2, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 53-62]

2011

“A More Proactive U.S. Approach to the Georgia Conflicts” (with Samuel Charap), Center for American Progress, February 2011 (69 pages)

2010

“How Strategic is the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership?” Working Paper, Series on “Limited Sovereignty and Soft Borders in Southeastern Europe and the Former Soviet States: The Challenges and Political Consequences of Future Changes in Legal Status,” Harriman Institute, Columbia University, March 2010 (13 pages)

 “The Thawing of a Frozen Conflict: The Internal Security Dilemma and the 2004 Prelude to the Russo-Georgian WarEurope-Asia Studies (January 2010): 63-97

“Georgia's Rose Revolution: From Regime Weakness to Regime Collapse,” in Valerie Bunce, Michael A. McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, eds., Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Post-Communist World (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 155-188

2009

“Still Staging Democracy: Contestation and Conciliation in Postwar GeorgiaDemokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 17, no. 3 (Summer 2009): 196-226

2005

“Political Change and Border Security Reform in Eurasia: The Case of GeorgiaThe Nonproliferation Review 12, no. 3 (November 2005), 503-537

“Balancing the Balancer: Russia, the U.S., and Conflict Resolution in GeorgiaGlobal Dialogue 7, no. 3-4 (Summer/Autumn 2005), 22-36

“Shaking Up the System: Georgia and the War on Terror,” in America and the World in the Age of Terror: A New Landscape in International Relations, ed. Daniel Benjamin (Washington, DC: CSIS Press, 2005), 28-52

2004

Explaining Ethnic Conflict in the South Caucasus: Mountainous Karabagh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia, Ph.D. Thesis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004) (320 pages)

1997

“Armenia’s New Autocrats,” (with Ian Bremmer) Journal of Democracy 8, no. 3 (July 1997), 77-91

“A Break With the Past: State and Economy in Post-Communist Armenia,” (with Ian Bremmer) Helsinki Monitor 8, no. 1 (1997), 38-47

1996

 “The Trouble with Democracy in Kazakhstan,” (with Ian Bremmer) Central Asian Survey 15, no. 2 (June 1996), 179-99

1995

 “Kazakhstan’s Quandary,” (with Ian Bremmer) Journal of Democracy 6, no. 3 (July 1995), 139-54

 

Commentary                                                                      

2014

 “Achieving Unity in Ukraine,” Center for American Progress, April 18, 2014

“Responding to Russia’s Illegal Military Incursion in Ukraine” (with Rudy deLeon), Center for American Progress, March 3, 2014

“Choosing an Interim Government” (in Russian), Russia in Global Affairs, February 26, 2014

“An Opportunity to Resolve the Escalating Crisis in Ukraine,” Center for American Progress, February 21, 2014

2013

 “Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Now Comes the Hard Part,” Center for American Progress, December 23, 2013

“What the Snowden Affair Says About U.S.-Russian Relations,” Center for American Progress, July 17, 2013

“The Boston Marathon Attack, the North Caucasus, and U.S.-Russian Relations,” Center for American Progress, April 22, 2013

“Don't Give Up on the U.S.-Russian Reset” (with Ivan Kurilla), The National Interest, March 29, 2013

2012

 “Can Georgia Become A Multiparty Democracy?” Caucasus Analytical Digest No. 43 (October 15, 2012)

“5 Things You Need to Know About Georgian Parliamentary Elections,” Center for American Progress,” Center for American Progress, September 27, 2012

Statement, Briefing on “Human Rights in Georgia,” Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, September 11, 2012

Statement, Briefing on “Democratization in the Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia,” U.S. Helsinki Commission, May 23, 2012.

“Russia, Trade, and Human Rights: Thinking Through U.S. Policies,” Center for American Progress, April 30, 2012

“Russia and Georgia – an interrupted dialogue,” Valdai Discussion Club, April 16, 2012

“Can the U.S.-Russia ‘Reset’ Survive Russia’s Presidential Election?” Center for American Progress, March 1, 2012

“Don’t Shy Away from Progress on the Russia-Georgia ConflictCenter for American Progress, February 6, 2012

2011

 “Easing the Crossing: More Permits, Crossing Points and Clearer Rules Are Needed” (with Samuel Charap), Caucasus Security Insight no. 3, International Institute for Strategic Studies, February 2011

2010

 “How to Resolve the Georgia Conflict” (with Samuel Charap), The Moscow Times, December 16, 2010

“Georgia’s Constitutional Reform,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst 12, no. 21 (November 10, 2010)

“A New Approach to the Russia-Georgia Conflict” (with Samuel Charap), Center for American Progress, October 18, 2010

2009

 “After the EU War Report: Can There Be a ‘Reset’ in Russian-Georgian Relations?” Russian Analytical Digest No. 68, November 23, 2009

2008

 “Can Georgia Get Back on the NATO Track?” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 8, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia, March 2008

2007

 “Russia and Georgia: The Message Behind the Missile?” Center for Strategic & International Studies, August 27, 2007

2006

 “Georgia: A Needless ChallengeKommersant (Moscow), October 3, 2006

“Hoping on Kazakhstan: U.S. Engagement in Central Asia,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, September 27, 2006

“A New Eurasia?: The Future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, June 15, 2006

“Azerbaijan and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, April 26, 2006

“It’s the Process that Counts,” The Moscow Times, February 13, 2006

“Energy Insecurity in Georgia,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, January 24, 2006

2005

Statement, Briefing on U.S. Strategic Dilemmas in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and CSIS, July 27, 2005

“Gilded Lily Pad” (with David Hoffman), The American Prospect Online (www.prospect.org), June 20, 2005

“Uzbekistan: The Risks and Responsibilities of Democracy Promotion,” PONARS Policy Memo No. 365, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), June 2005

“Georgia’s Unenviable Challenge,” The Messenger (Tbilisi), March 25, 2005

“Georgia: Causes of the Rose Revolution and Lessons for Democracy Assistance” (Washington, DC: USAID/Management Systems International, March 2005)

“Realism, Russia, and Conflict Resolution,” PONARS Policy Memo No. 348, CSIS, January 2005

2004

 “A New Vision for Armenia?” Eurasianet.org (www.eurasianet.org) June 2004

“Armenia’s Tragedy,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, April 2004

“A Georgian-Russian Pipeline: For Peace or Profit?” (with George Anjaparidze), Eurasianet.org, March 2004

“Georgia: Consolidating the Revolution,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, April 2004

“Georgia Under the New Regime,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, January 2004

2003

 “Georgia’s Revolution: Laudable Accomplishment, Real Challenge,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, November 2003

“A Way Out? No Easy Answer to Georgia’s Election Crisis,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, November 2003

“Georgia: A Post-election Crossroads,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, November 2003

2000

 “Opinion: Death of a Rebel,” Transitions On-Line, July 2000

1999

 “1999 Country Report: Georgia—A Return to Eurasia?” Transitions On-Line, May 2000