Marlene Laruelle currently serves as associate director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at George Washington University and is co-director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS). Her latest book is “Russian Nationalism. Imaginaries, Doctrines and Political Battlefields” published by Routledge in 2018. She works on political, social and cultural changes in the post-Soviet space. She explores the transformations of nationalist and conservative ideologies in Russia, nationhood construction in Central Asia, as well as the development of Russia’s Arctic regions. She has been the Principal Investigator of several grants on Russian nationalism, on Russia’s strategies in the Arctic, and on Central Asia’s domestic and foreign policies from the US State Department, the Defense Department, the National Science Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Henry Luce Foundation, etc.