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Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Its first half-day was devoted to the project’s up-to-date academic research findings on Islam in the post-Soviet space, followed by a reception.

Pew: U.S. Attitudes on Islam Post-Boston

            The Boston Marathon bombings do not appear to have changed the public’s view of Islam. In a notable poll, about 42 percent of Americans say Islam is more likely to encourage violence than other religions, while 46 percent say Islam does not. Opinions reflected in the new Pew Research Center survey are similar to those found in others from the past decade. But in March 2002 ― just six months after the 9/11 attacks ― only a quarter of respondents said Islam was more likely to encourage violence.

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

The Wilson Center's European Studies Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: June 1, 2013.

The End of Ethnic Integration in Southern Central Asia (1981)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #159, 1981. PDF 28 pages.

Between Turkish Sunnis and Iranian Shia Influences: Islamic Revival in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has historically experienced three main influences, Russian secularism, Ottoman Sunnism and Iranian Shiism. In the two decades since the end of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan is once again a space of competition between different religious influences. An Islamic revival underway in Azerbaijan has awakened the old cleavage between Shia and Sunni Islam.

Believing in Russia - Religious Policy after Communism

Geraldine Fagan presented her new book, “Believing in Russia—Religious Policy after Communism”, which brings together 12 years of research inside Russia on the role of religion in the nation’s politics. She discussed the pursuit of privilege for the Orthodox Church and other so-called “traditional” faiths—Islam, Judaism and Buddhism—under Presidents Putin and Medvedev, as well as the rapidly changing role of religion in Russian national identity.

The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees and Minorities

What drives a state's choice to assimilate, accommodate, or exclude ethnic groups within its territory? In this pathbreaking work on the international politics of nation-building, Harris Mylonas argues that a state's nation-building policies toward non-core groups - any aggregation of individuals perceived as an unassimilated ethnic group by the ruling elite of a state - are influenced by both its foreign policy goals and its relations with the external patrons of these groups.

Nationalism and Social Class in the Russian Revolution: The Cases of Baku and Tiflis (1980)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #93, 1980. PDF 32 pages.

Socializing for Modernization in a Multi-Ethnic Elite (1978)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #52, 1978. PDF 40 pages.