Unveiling Eurasia.


Who We Are

The Eurasian Research and Analysis Institute, Inc. (“ERA Institute”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are a unique virtual network of young researchers across the world who study political, socioeconomic, and security developments taking place in Eurasia. ERA Institute effectively brings together a diverse group of scholars that engage in rigorous academic discussions regarding the developments taking place in this dynamic region. Stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic and from the Indian to the Arctic oceans, this vast continent represents an area full of risks and opportunities that demand objective research and analysis.

ERA Institute is best suited to attract novice as well as reputable intellectuals—regional and issue-specific experts that are committed to an impartial analysis and creative thinking. The Institute is strictly independent and does not take institutional positions, engage in lobbying, or get involved in ideological advocacy. Its main mission is to study and disseminate original research on Eurasia accessible to the general public as well as policy-makers.

Founded in 2013 as a not-for-profit non-governmental research organization, ERA Institute aspires to become one of the leading think tanks working on Eurasian affairs and to provide sound policy recommendations to the decision-makers in the public and private sectors. Working together, our dedicated team of specialists brings the invaluable benefit of diverse viewpoints to bilateral, multilateral, and wider Eurasian issues.

ERA Institute welcomes scholars with diverse political and economic views, but holds them to the highest academic and professional standards. Excellence, competency, and professionalism are our guiding principles.


ERA Institute offers great opportunities for current undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals. We invite you to explore this and other sections of the website to become better acquainted with our activities. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out and our team will get back to you in a timely fashion.

ERA Institute Fellowship Program is specifically designed for young professionals, graduate students, and outstanding undergraduates. The Fellowship Program provides with a great opportunity for article publication, peer collaboration, conference presentation, project development, professional networking, and much more. The minimum requirement for the fellowship consideration is an undergraduate status, interest in the Eurasian region, and commitment to write journal articles and blog posts throughout the year.

In order to be considered for the Fellowship Program, please, fill out the application form.  Qualified candidates will be contacted within seven business days. If you need more information about ERA Institute Fellows Program, you can download brochure here.

ERA Institute’s virtual internship program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to delve deeply into specific fields of interest in Eurasia and work on projects that have tangible effects on policies. It is ideal for researchers who are interested for a short-term, project-specific participation instead of the medium to long-term commitment to the Fellowship program. In addition, individuals interested in graphic and web design, video, arts, and other related areas are encouraged to apply for the internship program which will enrich their professional portfolios through special and impactful projects for the organization. Upon a successful completion of the Internship Program, individuals will automatically be considered for the Fellowship track.

In order to be considered for the Internship program, please, fill out the application form. We will contact qualified candidates within seven business days. Internships are administered virtually and will not require travel, housing, or other special arrangements. ERA Institute internships are unpaid and undertaken on a volunteer basis.

ERA Institute also provides opportunities for non-affiliated professionals and scholars to publish their articles on the organization’s blog page, article page, and/or The Eurasian Era biannual academic journal. It is important to keep in mind that all articles need to be original pieces and cannot be republished without ERA Institute’s explicit consent and approval.

If you wish to submit an article or a blog post, please fill out the application form and/or email your article together with your CV/resume to Upon the receipt of the manuscript, our editorial team will be back in touch with you discussing the next steps.

The ERA Institute Editorial Board has developed the following submission guidelines to ensure uniformity in format and high quality output. Eurasian matters and developments should be a central theme for any type of the submission outlined below. To submit your work, please, attach is as a Microsoft Word document to an email and send it to
Articles: We publish analytical articles that fall short of papers but are obviously not blog pieces. For articles, we ask that your work not exceed 2500 words and that it come accompanied with MLA citations at the end of the article for sources, including web sources.
Blog Posts: For blog posts we like to see works that do not exceed 1000 words. Think about other political blogs. They can be a mix of genre and include personal experience, credible opinions, and analysis. They are generally on the more readable side. Please site sources within the blog.
Op-eds: Op-eds should be brief and to the point with specific recommendations backed up by verifiable analysis and authorial expertise. These should not run far over 500 words.
Papers.  We will consider publishing academic papers of above 2500 words using MLA citations as stand alone pieces on a case-by-case basis.

Team ERA

Ben Oatis

Ben Oatis holds a B.A. in History from Ohio State and an M.S. in Information Architecture from Kent State University. He is interested in U.S. relations with the Middle East, Russia, and South Asia.

Réjeanne Lacroix


Réjeanne Lacroix is pursuing M.A. in International Security Studies from the University of Leicester. Her research interests include post-Soviet frozen conflicts and Russian military theory.

Erik Khzmalyan

Senior Fellow | Podcast Director

Erik Khzmalyan specializes in U.S. Foreign Policy, Eurasia, and Geopolitics. He is currently an M.A. candidate in Statecraft and National Security Affairs at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC.

Anna Kruglova

Senior Fellow | ECSP Director

Anna Kruglova holds M.Sc. in Security Studies from UCL and is completing M.A. in International Conflict Studies at King’s College. She worked at MEC International, The Bow Group and Integrity UK.

Babken Matevosyan


Babken Matevosyan is a PhD candidate at SNSPA in Bucharest, Romania. His research focuses on democratic transitions, security in European eastern neighborhood, frozen conflicts, etc.


Mariya Pak Feuer

Senior Fellow

Mariya Pak is an international policy consultant based in Washington, DC. She holds a PhD in human geography with a focus on international water management from Oregon State University.

Steven Luber


Steven Luber is pursuing M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. His research focuses on armed conflicts, political risk, and religious movements.

Julia Gabriel


Julia Gabriel studies International Leadership and World Politics at Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include democratization and anti-corruption efforts in Eastern Europe and former Soviet countries.


Vahe Boghosian


Vahe Boghosian is currently pursuing his MSc degree in Security Studies at the University College London. Mr. Boghosian’s research interests primarily focus on Eurasian security policies.

Catherine Markaryan


Catherine holds M.A. degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University. Her research interests include Eurasian politics, big Caucasus and history. She also writes for the Russian Council website.

Eric Jackson

Eric Jackson holds a B.A. in political science from Nebraska Wesleyan University. His research interests include e-democracy, open data, and geopolitics the South Caucasus region.

Natalia Kopytnik


Natalia Kopytnik holds an M.A in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies from Georgetown University. She researches identity politics, civil society, and far-right nationalism in Central Europe.

Stewart Kato


Stewart Kato holds a B.A. in History with a focus on 20th century Europe and East Asia from UC Berkeley. His research focuses on how international politics, economics, and history affect foreign relations.


Zoe Ryan


Zoe Ryan is pursuing a degree in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy. She hopes to continue her education in International Studies and later to seek a degree in International Law.

Alexander Osadta


Alexander Osadta holds an M.A. in Administrative Sciences with a focus on Administrative reforms on Former Soviet countries from University of Craiova. His research is focused on Russia and East-European Studies.


Movses Ter-Oganesyan


Movses Ter-Oganesyan is a graduate of California State University Northridge. His research interests include the geopolitics of wider Caucasus as well as American Foreign Policy.

Taylor Hadnôt


Taylor Hadnôt is a Master’s candidate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She researches immigration and integration policies in Eurasia and international human rights law.

Matthew Aquino


Matthew Aquino is a graduate of Rutgers University, Cum Laude, holding degrees in history and political science as a double major. His research interests include Russia and NATO.

Joseph Kusluch


Joseph Kusluch is a PhD candidate at Kent State University focusing on Transnational and Comparative Politics. His research focuses on post-Soviet economies, regional integration, Russian foreign policy.

Matthew Tramonti


Matthew Tramonti holds M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University. He studies geopolitical developments in Eurasia and violent conflict in the post-Soviet states.

Pietro Scarpa


Pietro holds MSc in International Development from University of London and a BSc in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan. He is interested in researching new economic equilibria in Eurasia.

Michael C. Zeller


Michael Zeller holds Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Corvinus University of Budapest. His bachelor’s degree is in Political Science from the University of Louisville.

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