Official biography

Gregory Gleason, Ph.D.

Professor of Central Asia Security Studies
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.


  • "Russian Behavior."  per Concordiam, Vol. 5, Issue 4, 2014, 11-17. (Russian language)
  • "Integration: Zeitgeist of our Time."  Kazakhstan in Global Processes, Number 1, 2014, pp. 29-45. (Russian text)
  • "A Bridge to Central Asia."   With Oktay Tanrisever.   Per Concordiam, Vol 4, No. 3, 2013, pp.  11-14. (Russian language)
  • "Energy Security in Southeast Europe."  With Lidija Cehulic, Alexey V. Kuznetsov, Mitat Celikpala.  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.
  • "Social Movements and Electromagnetic Cyberspace".  International Research: Society, Politics and Economics.  No. 6, No. 10,  2012, pp.  43-50.    [Journal of the Kazakh-Russian University, Astana, Kazakhstan].  (SSRN)
  • "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.  (SSRN
  • "Legitimate Levers of Nuclear Non-proliferation."  Co-authored with Svetlana Kozhirova.  Человек. знергия. атом [Man, Energy, Atom:  Journal of the Kazakhstan Nuclear Research Institute].  No 4 (18) 2012: 11-16.  
  • "Re-energizing the Baltic: Lithuania and its neighbors explore energy independence through nuclear power."   per Concordiam, Vol 3, No. 4 (2012): 26-29.  (Russian language)
  • "Securing the Neighborhood."   With Timothy A. Krambs.  per Concordiam, Vol 3, No. 1 (2012): 36-41.  (Russian language)
  • "Implications of Iran's Uranium Enrichment Program for Regional Security."   Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies Vol. 14, No 3, September 2012, pp.  317-330.
  • "Containing Nuclear Weapons:  Nuclear Free Zones are an Important Nonproliferation Tool."   per Concordiam Vol. 2, No. 1,  2011, pp. 28-33.  (Russian language)
  • "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.
  • "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. 
  • "Многополярность, Американская Исключительность и Переосмысление Истории."  Мировая экономика и международные отношения [Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Science], December 2011, pp. 110-120. (SSRN)
  • "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, 2011), 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). 
  • "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.
  • "Afghanistan Reconstruction in Regional Perspective." With Reuel R. Hanks  and Yury Bosin   Central Asian Survey  28, 3 (2009): 275 – 287. 
  •  "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.  
  • "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.  
  • "Kyrgyzstan's Multivector Foreign Policy Unravels."  Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Commentary (February 11, 2009). 
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Uzbekistan Charts a New 'Uzbek Path'."  Security Insights  George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. (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. 
  • "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.
  • "N.A. Nazarbayev i voprosy integratsii v Tsentral'noi Azii: Ekonomicheskie I politicheskie aspekty."  [N.A. Nazarbayev and Questions of Integration in Central Asia: Economic and Political Aspects]  In Astana: The Triumph of Kazakhstan and its Leader: Materials of the International Scientific-Practical Conference devoted to the 10th Anniversary of the Capital.  (Almaty: Kazak Universiteti, 2008),  pp. 136-140. 
    "The New North-South Foreign Policy Design." (with Reuel Hanks)  Central Asia's Affairs: Quarterly Analytic Review  4 (2007): 12-16. 
  • "The Uzbek Expulsion of U.S. Forces and Realignment in Central Asia." Problems of Post-Communism.  53, 2 (2006): 49-60.
  • "Russia, Central Asia and the Politics of Energy Policy."  International Journal of Central Asian Studies, Vol. 11 (2006): 1-14. 
  • "Сотрудничество Казахстана и США."  Каазахстан в Глобальных Процессах  3 (2006): 12-20.
    "Агентские отношения и агентская проблема в государственных организациях."  [Theory of Agency and Human Resources]  With Bruce J. Perlman.  Персонал Микс № 3-4 (037-038), 2006. 
  • "Zentralasien: Autoritär im demokratischen Gewand."  [Waiting for Democracy in Central Asia]  Der Überblick - Zeitschrift für ökumenische Begegnung und internationale Zusammenarbeit  Volume 42, Issue 1 (2006): 6:10. 
  • "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."  With Marat Shaikhutdinov.  International Studies Perspectives, 6, 2 (2005): 274–284.
  • "Karimov Vows to Head off Orange Revolution in Uzbekistan." Eurasia Daily Monitor, Volume 2 Issue 13 (January 19, 2005)
  •  "Red, Orange, Green or Gray? Shades of Political Succession in Central Asia."  The Analyst (SAIS Institute for the Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus) (January 12, 2005)
  •  "Turkmenistan under Niyazov and Berdymukhammedov."  Worst of the Worst: Dealing with Repressive and Rogue States.  Robert Rotberg, editor.  (Washington DC:  Brookings Institution Press, 2007), pp. 112-127.  
  • "Russia and Central Asia." Post-Communist Countries in Search of Security and Stability, In Konstantin Khudoley, editor.  (Saint Petersburg: St. Petersburg University Press, 2005), pp. 38-47.