Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Director, Illiberalism Studies Program; Director, Central Asia Program; Co-Director, PONARS-Eurasia; Research Professor of International Affairs
Areas of Expertise
Ideology, political philosophy, nationalism, far right, extremism, populism, illiberalism, great power competition, Russia, Europe, Arctic, Central Asia
Marlene Laruelle works on the rise of populist and illiberal movements in post-Soviet Eurasia, Europe and the US. Trained in political philosophy, she explores how nationalism and conservative values are becoming mainstream in different cultural contexts. She focuses on Russia's ideological landscape and its outreach abroad. She has been also working on Central Asia's nationhood and regional environment, as well as on Russia's Arctic policy.