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: (policy briefs)

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Selected publications (chapters in edited volumes)

  • “Political Science Today in the USA: Research, Writing and Getting ‘in print’ in the Electronic World.” Pp. 16-24 in F. F. Tolipov, editor. Razvitie politicheskoi nauki v Uzbekistane v XXI veke. (Tashkent: Fan va Texnologiya, 2019)
  • “Regional Cooperation and Reconciliation in Afghanistan.”  Pp. 104-114 in N.A. Abudullaev, Afghanistan at the Crossroads of the XX and XXI Centuries. (Tashkent: Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, 2019)
  • “International Relations and the Information Revolution.” Pp. 37-50 in XXI Asrda O’zbekiston Tajribasi: Siyosiy Huquqiy va Ijtimoiy Jihatlari. [Uzbekistan’s Role in 21st Century World Politics: Politics, Law and Society] (Tashkent: Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, 2019)
  • 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.


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