Dr. Robert Orttung’s bio

Dr. Robert Orttung is Assistant Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and an associate research professor of international affairs at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is also President of the Resource Security Institute and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Center for Security Studies of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He has co-edited and written a number of books, including most recently:  Energy and the Transformation of International Relations (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Russian Energy Power and Foreign Relations: Implications for conflict and cooperation (Routledge, 2009). He has published numerous academic articles, including “Explaining Patterns of Corruption in the Russian Regions,” World Politics 57:4, July 2005. He is the managing editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization and co-editor of the Russian Analytical Digest and the Caucasus Analytical Digest, biweekly electronic newsletters that examine regional political and economic developments. Dr. Orttung received a B.A. in Russian Studies from Stanford University and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. For the ARCSUS project, he is working on an analysis of center-periphery relations as they affect the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and helping to lead a U.S. National Science Foundation research coordination network focused on promoting Arctic urban sustainability.

“Bob at Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, where they were broadcasting the US-Germany World Cup match.”