Gregory Gleason, Ph.D.

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Gregory Gleason, Ph.D.

Eurasian Security Studies

Gregory Gleason is a professor of Eurasian Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Upon returning in September 2019 from an assignment as U.S. Ministry of Defense Advisor in Uzbekistan, Gleason resumed his post at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Since 2007, Gleason’s research, teaching and service at the Marshall Center has focused on former communist countries. Before joining the Marshall Center, 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 international relations and comparative foreign policy. 

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 academics, 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. In 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 helped initiate the Asian Development Bank program on regional economic cooperation in Central Asia. In 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 non-proliferation. In 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

Trade Routes and Security Alliances,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 11, no. 2 (2021): 48-55.

Defense Reform and Professional Military Education in Uzbekistan,” (with Murad Ibragimov) per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 11, No. 1 (2021): 42-45.

Tashkent COVID-19 Video Conference Calls for International Cooperation, (with Pal Dunay, and Robert Baumann) Marshall Center Perspectives, no. 13 (May 2020). 

Post-Pandemic Central Asia: Moving Beyond ‘Helicopter Money,’ The Diplomat (May 20, 2020).  

Covid-19’s Long-term Implications for Central Eurasia,” (with Anna Gussarova) Diplomatic Courier (May 6, 2020). 

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), Marshall Center Security Insights, no.17 (April 2017).

Саммит ШОС и перспективы,” [SCO Summit and Prospects], Деловой Казахстан (June 2, 2017): 3.

Цель всех мудрых,” Kazakhstanskaya Pravda (April 20, 2016): 4.

Central Asia, the AIIB and the Advent of 5G Communication,” (with Kairat Bekov) Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (April 1, 2016). 

Explaining Russian Behavior,” (Russian) per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 5, no. 4 (2014): 10-17.

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: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 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 15, no. 19 (October 2012): 85-89. 

Legitimate Levers of Nuclear Non-proliferation: Systemic Vulnerabilities of 3rd Generation Isotopic Enrichment Technology,” (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: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 3, no. 4 (2012): 26-29.

Securing the Neighborhood,” (Russian) (with Timothy A. Krambs), per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 3, no.3 (2012): 36-41.

Afghanistan’s Neighbors and Post-Conflict Stabilization,” (with Timothy A. Krambs), Marshall Center Security Insights, no.5 (March, 2012). 

Containing Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear Free Zones are an Important Nonproliferation Tool,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security and Defense Issues 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, no. 5 (March 10, 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 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”,” Marshall Center Security Insights, no. 3 (November 2008).

Behind Uzbekistan’s EAEC Suspension: the 6+3 Initiative,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst 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 5, no. 224 (November 21, 2008).

The Russo-Georgian War and Great Power Politics,” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst 10, no.10 (September 17, 2008): 6-9. 

Selected Publications (scholarly articles)

“COVID-19 in the Central Asian Region: National Responses and Regional Implications,”  (with Kuralay Baizakova) Connections 18, (2020). 

What if Blockchain cannot be Blocked?,” (with Sean Costigan) Information and Security 43, no. 1 (2019): 13-20.

Innovation and Continuity in American Foreign Policy,” Xalqaro Munosabatlar 2019, no. 1 art. 5 (2019): 51-69.

Implications of Iran’s Uranium Enrichment Program for Regional Security,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 14, no3 (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,” (with Reuel R. Hanks and Yury, Bosin) Central Asian Survey 28, no. 3 (2009): 275-287. 

Realism and the Small State: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan,” (with Asel Kerimbekova and Svetlana Kozhirova) International Politics 45, no.1 (2008): 40-51.

Political Dimensions of the Northern Afghanistan Resupply Routes,” Connections: The Quarterly Journal 8, no. 4 (2009): 39-62.

Cultural Determinism versus Administrative Logic: Asian Values and Administrative Reform,” (with Bruce J. Perlman) International Journal of Public Administration 30, no12-14 (October 2007): 1327-1342.

The Uzbek Expulsion of U.S. Forces and Realignment in Central Asia,” Problems of Post-Communism 53, no. 2 (2006): 49-60.

Comparative Perspectives on Third Generation Reform: Realignment and Misalignment in Central Asian Reform Programs,” (with Bruce Perlman) International Public Management Review 6, no. 1 (2005): 100-116.

Collective Security and Non-State Actors in Eurasia,” (with Marat Shaikhutdinov) International Studies Perspectives 6, no. 2 (2005): 274-284.

Russia and the Politics of the Central Asian Electricity Grid,” Problems of Post-Communism 50, no. 3 (2003): 42-52.

Selected Publications (chapters in edited volumes)

Political Science Today in the USA: Research, Writing and Getting ‘in print’ in the Electronic World,” in F. F. Tolipov (Fan va Texnologiya, 2019), 16-24.

Regional Cooperation and Reconciliation in Afghanistan, in N.A. Abudullaev, Afghanistan at the Crossroads of the XX and XXI Centuries, (Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, 2019), 104-114 .

International Relations and the Information Revolution,” in XXI Asrda O’zbekiston Tajribasi: Siyosiy Huquqiy va Ijtimoiy Jihatlari, [Uzbekistan’s Role in 21st Century World Politics: Politics, Law and Society] (Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, 2019), 37-50.

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, 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)]. 

With Lidija Cehulic, Alexey V. Kuznetsov and MitatCelikpala, “Energy Security in Southeast Europe,” in Shaping South East Europe's Security Community for the Twenty-First Century: Trust, Partnership, Integration, ed., Sharyl Cross, Savo Kentera, Radovan Vukadinovic, and R. Craig Nation (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 114-133. 

“Tajik-China Border Normalization,” in Beijing’s Power and China’s Borders, ed. Bruce A. Ellman, Stephen Kotkin, and Clive Schofield (M.E. Sharpe Press, 2013), 283-294.

“China, Russia, and Central Asia: Triangular Energy Politics,” China’s Energy Relations, ed., Carrie Liu Currier and Manochehr Dorraj (New York: Continuum, 2011), 83-100.


With Sayfiddin Juraev, Tizimli tahlil asoslari[Fundamentals of Systems Analysis] (Tashkent: Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, 2019).

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