Gregory Gleason, Ph.D.
Professor of Eurasian Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
Gregory Gleason is a professor of Eurasian Security Studies 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.
Selected recent publications: (policy briefs)
- “FSB Seeks to Forge ‘Digital Sovereignty’ in Russia’s Financial Sector.” Eurasia Daily Monitor (September 11, 2017)
- “Uzbekistan: Evaluating the Chances for a Convertible Currency.” Eurasianet (Aug 4, 2017)
- “Currency Wars along the Silk Road.” The Diplomat (July 27, 2017)
- “Foreign Fighters and Regional Security in Central Asia,” with Roger Kangas. Security Insights, No. 17. (March 2017)
- “Саммит ШОС и перспективы” [SCO Summit and Prospects], Деловой Казахстан (June 2, 2017), p.3.
- “Цель всех мудрых.” Kazakhstanskaya Pravda, April 20, 2016, page 4.
- “Central Asia, the AIIB and the Advent of 5G Communication,” with Kairat Bekov. Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (April 1st, 2016).
- "Russian Behavior." per Concordiam, Vol. 5, Issue 4, 2014, 11-17. (Russian language)
- “Four Points of the Compass—Kazakhstan’s Energy Future,” with Ruta Buneviciute. Astana Times (March 5, 2014).
- “Transnational Border Threats in Central Asia: Theory and Practice.” Border Challenges Today, OSCE Border Staff Management College (2014).
- “A Bridge to Central Asia: Turkey Plays a Vital Role in Trade and Transport Between Asia and Europe.” With Oktay Tanrisever.” Per Concordiam, Vol 4, No. 3 (2013): 11-14.
- “Social Movements and Electromagnetic Cyberspace”. International Research: Society, Politics and Economics. No. 6 (10) 2012: 43-50. [Journal of the Kazakh-Russian University, Astana, Kazakhstan].
- “Isotopic Separation Remote Advertency.” Proceedings of the Novouralsk Technical Institute (NTI) International Conference “Automation and Progressive Technologies in Nuclear Industry”. Novouralsk Technical Institute, Novouralsk, October 15-19, 2012. Pp: 85-89.
- “Legitimate Levers of Nuclear Non-proliferation: Systemic Vulnerabilities of 3rd Generation Isotopic Enrichment Technology.” Co-authored with Svetlana Kozhirova. Man, Energy, Atom: Journal of the Kazakhstan Nuclear Research Institute in cooperation with Rosatom.(Chelovek, Energiia, Atom) No 4 (18) 2012: 11-16. [Russian language publication]
- “Re-energizing the Baltic: Lithuania and its neighbors explore energy independence through nuclear power.” per Concordiam, Vol 3, No. 4 (2012): 26-29.
- “Securing the Neighborhood.” (RU) With Timothy A. Krambs. per Concordiam, Vol 3, No. 1 (2012): 36-41.
- “Afghanistan’s Neighbors and Post-Conflict Stabilization.” With Timothy A. Krambs. Security Insights No.5 (May 5, 2012).
- “Containing Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Free Zones are an Important Nonproliferation Tool.” per Concordiam Vol. 2, No. 1 (2011): 28-33.
- “Kazatomprom Looks East.” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (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.” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (January 19, 2011).
- “The Nuclear Fuel Bank and Iran.” Journal of Energy Security Vol. 2, No. 2 (March 2011)
- “Kyrgyzstan's Multivector Foreign Policy Unravels.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Commentary (February 11, 2009).
- “Uzbekistan Charts a New “Uzbek Path” Security Insights No. 3 (November 2008).
- “Behind Uzbekistan’s EAEC Suspension: the 6+3 Initiative.” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 22. (November 26, 2008): 6-9.
- “Uzbekistan: Evaluating Tashkent’s Reason for Leaving the Eurasian Economic Community.” Eurasianet, Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute (November 25, 2008).
- “Uzbekistan Charts a New “Uzbek Path.” Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 5 Issue: 224 (November 21, 2008)
- “The Russo-Georgian War and Great Power Politics.” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, Vol. 10, No. 10. (17 September 2008): 6-9.
Selected publications: (scholarly articles)
- “Integration: Zeitgeist of our Time.” Kazakhstan in Global Processes, No. 1, 2014, pp. 29-45.
- “Implications of Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program for Regional Security.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 14, 3 (September 2012): 317-330.
- “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.
- “Afghanistan Reconstruction in Regional Perspective.” Gregory Gleason, Reuel R. Hanks ,YuryBosin Central Asian Survey 28, 3 (2009): 275 – 287.
- “Political Dimensions of the Northern Afghanistan Resupply Routes.” Connections 8,4 (2009): 39-62.
- “Realism and the Small State: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan.” Gregory Gleason, Asel Kerimbekova, Svetlana Kozhirova. International Politics 45,1 (2008): 40-51.
- “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.
- “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.
- “Russia and the Reintegration of the Eurasian Electric Grid.” Problems of Post-Communism 50, 2 (2003): 42-52.
Selected publications (chapters in edited volumes):
- “Перспективы и угрозы ядерных технологий: как новая технология разделения изотопов повлияет на безопасность.” . [Opportunities and Threats of Nuclear Technology: Security Implications of New Isotopic Separation Technology] Казахстан и политика ядерного нераспространения (Institute of World Economics and Politics--Институт мировой экономики и политики, Алматы, 2016): 34-42.
- “Globalization and Regional Security Cooperation Organizations. Pp. 8-19 in 20 лет сотрудничества в рамках Программы "Партнерство ради мира": Уроки и возможности дальнейшего развития потенциала для сотрудничества. (Алматы: Казахский национальный университет имени аль-Фараби, 2015) [20 Years of Cooperation in the framework of the Program “Partnership for Peace”: Lessons and Possibilities of Further Development of the Potential for Cooperation. (Almaty, Kazakh National University named after al-Farabi, 2015)].
- “Energy Security in Southeast Europe.” With Lidija Cehulic, Alexey V. Kuznetsov, MitatCelikpala. In Shaping South East Europe's Security Community for the Twenty-First Century: Trust, Partnership, Integration, editors, Sharyl Cross, Savo Kentera, Radovan Vukadinovic, and R. Craig Nation (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 114-133.
- “Tajik-China Border Normalization.” In Bruce A. Ellman, Stephen Kotkin, and Clive Schofield, editors, Beijing’s Power and China’s Borders. (M.E. Sharpe Press, 2013), pp. 283-294..
- “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.