Gregory Gleason, Ph.D.
Director, Central Asia Program
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Gregory Gleason is a professor of security studies and director of the Central Asia program at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
Before joining the Marshall Center in 2007, Gleason taught courses in international relations at the State University of New York and later at the University of Miami before joining the political science faculty of the University of New Mexico. While at the University of New Mexico Gleason taught political science, public administration, and economics, focusing on state-to-state relations and policy modernization with a geographical emphasis on the countries of Eurasia.
Gleason has published numerous articles and books on international relations and political development. He is the author of "Federalism and Nationalism: the Struggle for Republican Rights in the USSR" (1991), "Central Asian States: Discovering Independence" (1997), and "Markets and Politics in Central Asia" (2003), as well as articles in scholarly journals. The National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences as well as other public and private foundations have sponsored Gleason’s scholarly research. After two and half decades at the University of New Mexico, Gleason retired as professor emeritus.
In addition to academic work, Gleason has always had a keen interest in practical affairs, serving in various analytical, advisory and managerial capacities with various national and international organizations including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, the U.S. Department of State and other organizations. During 1993-1995 Gleason served as chief-of-party for the first USAID program on legal and governmental reform in Central Asia. In 1996 he worked on a USAID program on market reform and privatization in Kazakhstan.
In 1997-1998 Gleason initiated an Asian Development Bank program on regional economic cooperation in Central Asia. During 1998-2000 he was director of the partnership program between the University of New Mexico and Urals State Technical University, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts in nuclear nonproliferation. During 1999-2001 he headed a partnership between the University of New Mexico and Kazakhstan universities sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. From 2005-2007 he worked with the Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan to develop a new academic program on environmental management and engineering under the sponsorship of the Kazakhstan government and the U.S. government.
Gleason completed dual bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and linguistics at the University of California at Irvine. Gleason completed the master degree in Russian language as well as the doctoral degree in political science at the University of California at Davis.
- “Central Asia and “Russia’s Resurgence.” In Stephen Wegren, Dale Herspring, Putin’s Russia (5th edition), Rowman and Littlefield. (2013)
- “Re-energizing the Baltic: Lithuania and its neighbors explore energy independence through nuclear power.” To appear in per Concordiam, Vol 3, No. 3 (2012).
- “Implications of Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program for Regional Security.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 14, No. 4 (2012).
- “Afghanistan’s Neighbors and Post-Conflict Stabilization.” With Timothy A. Krambs. Security Insights No. 5 (May 5, 2012).
- “Multipolarism, American Exceptionalism and Re-reading History.” Published in the Russian language as “Многополярность, Американская Исключительность и Переосмысление Истории” in the journal Мировая экономика и международные отношения by The Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. (December 2011): 110-120.
- “Containing Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Free Zones are an Important Nonproliferation Tool.” per Concordiam Vol. 2, No. 1 (2011): 28-33. Tajik-China Border Normalization,” China and its Borders: Twenty Neighbors in Asia (M.E. Sharpe Press, 2011), pp. 94-118.
- “China, Russia, and Central Asia: Triangular Energy Politics,” China’s Energy Relations, Carrie Liu Currier and Manochehr Dorraj, editors, (New York: Continuum, 2011), pp. 83-100.
- “Bridging the Digital Divide,” Science and Education: Exchange of Ideas (Tashkent: Fulbright Association in Uzbekistan), pp. 59-69.
- “Kazatomprom Looks East,” The Analyst (SAIS Institute for the Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus) (December 14, 2011).
- “Transit Agreements, Security Cooperation and Afghanistan Stabilization,” OSCE Academy Security Policy Brief, (March 2011).
- “New International Nuclear-Fuel Bank Likely To Find Few Customers.” RFERL Commentary (January 13, 2011).
- “Kazakhstan’s Uranium Industry and Nuclear Nonproliferation.” CACI Analyst Vol. 13, No. 1 (January 19, 2011), 9-12.
- “The Nuclear Fuel Bank and Iran.” Journal of Energy Security Vol. 2, No. 2 (March 2011) “Natural Gas and Authoritarianism in Turkmenistan.” Caspian Petro-Politics: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, Indra Overland, Heidi Kjaernet, and Andrea Kendall-Taylor, editors, (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 78-90.
- “Foreword.” Central Asia in Retrospect and Prospect, Mushtaq Kaw, editor. (Srinagar, Kashmir India: University of Kashmir Press, 2009), pp. 1-5.
- “Russia and Central Asia’s ‘Multi-Vector’ Foreign Policies.” After Putin’s Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain, Stephen K. Wegren and Dale R. Herspring, editors, (Rowman-Littlefield, 2009), pp. 243-264.
- “Kazakhstan’s Multi-vector Foreign Policy.” Eurasia in World Politics: The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis Upon Eurasian Security, Younkyoo Kim, editor. (Seoul, Korea: Hanyang University, 2009, pp. 102-113.
- “Afghanistan Reconstruction in Regional Perspective.” Gregory Gleason, Reuel R. Hanks ,Yury Bosin Central Asian Survey 28, 3 (2009): 275 – 287.
- “Political Dimensions of the Northern Afghanistan Resupply Routes.” Connections 8,4 (2009): 39-62.
- “Perceptions of Threat and Weapons of Mass Destruction.” In Evgeny Pashentsev and Greg Simons, editors, The Rising Role of Communication Management in World Politics and Business (Moscow: Slovo Publishers, 2009), pp. 138-154.
- “Principle and Purpose in Afghanistan’s Consolidation.” (with Yury Bosin) In Sabine Collmer, editor, From Failing State to Functioning State: Pathways to Democratic Transformation in War-Torn Countries, (Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2009), pp. 123-140.
- “Realism and the Small State: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan.” Gregory Gleason, Asel Kerimbekova, Svetlana Kozhirova. International Politics 45,1 (2008): 40-51.
- “Central Asian States.” Comparing Strategic Visions, Security Responses: US, Russia, China, With Zhang Jia Dong, in Sharyl Cross, Paul Bolt, Igor A. Zevelev and Su Changhe, editors. (Greenwood Press, 2008), pp. 139-157.
- “Cultural Determinism versus Administrative Logic: Asian Values and Administrative Reform in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.” Gregory Gleason, Bruce J. Perlman) International Journal of Public Administration 30, 12 (October 2007): 1327 – 1342.
- “Turkmenistan under Niyazov and Berdymukhammedov.” Worst of the Worst: Dealing with Repressive and Rogue States , In Robert Rotberg, editor. (Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2007), pp. 112-127.
- “The Uzbek Expulsion of U.S. Forces and Realignment in Central Asia.” Problems of Post-Communism. 53, 2 (2006): 49-60.
- “Comparative Perspectives on Third Generation Reform: Realignment and Misalignment in Central Asian Reform Programs.” Gregory Gleason, Bruce Perlman. International Public Management Review 6,1 (2005): 100-116.
- “Collective Security and Non-State Actors in Eurasia.” Gregory Gleason, Marat Shaikhutdinov. International Studies Perspectives 6, 2 (2005): 274–284.