About Us

Mission

The Jamestown Foundation’s mission is to inform and educate policy makers and the broader community about events and trends in those societies which are strategically or tactically important to the United States and which frequently restrict access to such information. Utilizing indigenous and primary sources, Jamestown’s material is delivered without political bias, filter or agenda. It is often the only source of information which should be, but is not always, available through official or intelligence channels, especially in regard to Eurasia and terrorism.

Programs

The Jamestown Foundation’s main publications are China Brief, Eurasia Daily Monitor and Terrorism Monitor. Click on the map below to explore them.

About Us

 

Origins

Founded in 1984 by William Geimer, The Jamestown Foundation made a direct contribution to the downfall of Communism through its dissemination of information about the closed totalitarian societies of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

William Geimer worked with Arkady Shevchenko, the highest-ranking Soviet official ever to defect when he left his position as undersecretary general of the United Nations. Shevchenko’s memoir “Breaking With Moscow” revealed the details of Soviet superpower diplomacy, arms control strategy and tactics in the Third World, at the height of the Cold War. Through its work with Shevchenko, Jamestown rapidly became the leading source of information about the inner workings of the captive nations of the former Communist Bloc. In addition to Shevchenko, Jamestown assisted the former top Romanian intelligence officer Ion Pacepa in writing his memoirs. Jamestown ensured that both men published their insights and experience in what became bestselling books. Even today, several decades later, some credit Pacepa’s revelations about Ceausescu’s regime in his bestselling book Red Horizons with the fall of that government and the freeing of Romania.

The Jamestown Foundation has emerged as a leading provider of information about Eurasia. Our research and analysis on conflict and instability in Eurasia enabled Jamestown to become one of the most reliable sources of information on the post-Soviet space, the Caucasus and Central Asia as well as China. Furthermore, since 9/11, Jamestown has utilized its network of indigenous experts in more than 50 different countries to conduct research and analysis on terrorism and the growth of al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda offshoots throughout the globe.

By drawing on our ever-growing global network of experts, Jamestown has become a vital source of unfiltered, open-source information about major conflict zones around the world—from the Black Sea to Siberia, from the Persian Gulf to Latin America and the Pacific. Our core of intellectual talent includes former high-ranking government officials and military officers, political scientists, journalists, scholars and economists. Their insight contributes significantly to policymakers engaged in addressing today’s newly emerging global threats in the post 9/11 world.

 

Nikolai Getman: The Gulag Collection

In 1946, an artist named Nikolai Getman was imprisoned in the Soviet Union’s GULAG, a system of forced labor camps across Siberia and the interior of the USSR. Upon his release in 1954, Getman commenced a public career as a politically correct painter. Secretly, however, for more than four decades, Getman labored at creating a visual record of the GULAG, which vividly depicts all aspects of the horrendous life (and death) so many innocent millions experienced during that infamous era. Getman’s collection is unique because it is the only visual record known to exist of this tragic phenomenon. In early 1997, The Jamestown Foundation learned of The Gulag Collection and that Getman was desperate to get the painting transported to the West; he feared that upon his death they would be destroyed. With the financial support of Jim Kimsey, The Jamestown Foundation brought the paintings to the United States, where in 1997 they were put on display in the U.S. Congress. The Collection remained with Jamestown until 2009, when it was permanently transferred to the Heritage Foundation, where it resides today (heritage.org).

 

Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas served as the Sub-Divisional Police Chief in the NWFP from 1996-1998, and was the Deputy Director of Investigations in Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau... MORE

Sohail Abdul Nasir

Sohail Abdul Nasir is an Islamabad-based journalist. He writes on foreign policy matters, regional security issues and the war on terrorism.

Mahan Abedin

Mr. Abedin co-edited Unmasking Terror: A Global Review of Terrorist Actitives (2005). He is an expert on Iran, Iraq and Islamic movements and ideologies. Mr.... MORE

Zainul Abid

Zainul Abid is an expert on Middle-East and Asia-Pacific region based in New Delhi, India.

Dana E Abizaid

Dana E Abizaid has worked for twelve years in Central Asia and Turkey. Currently, he teaches history at the Istanbul International Community School. He is... MORE

Mariam Abou Zahab

Mariam Abou Zahab is a Researcher and Pakistan Specialist, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI).

Eduard Abrahamyan

Eduard Abrahamyan is a defense policy and regional security analyst with emphasis on the Black Sea, South Caucasus and Central Asia. He is Doctoral Research... MORE

Zachary Abuza

Zachary Abuza is one of the leading scholars on Terrorism in Southeast Asia. He is currently Associate Professor for Political Science and International Relations at... MORE

Brian Adeba

Brian Adeba is an associate with the Security Governance Group in Kitchener, Canada.

Nima Adelkhah

Nima Adelkhah is an independent analyst based in New York. His current research agenda includes the Middle East, military strategy and technology, and nuclear proliferation... MORE

Nima Adelkhah

Nima Adelkhah is an independent analyst based in New York. His current research agenda includes the Middle East, military strategy and technology and nuclear proliferation,... MORE

Mohammad Ahmad

Mohammad Ahmad is an independent analyst based in Zarqa, Jordan.

Salimjon Aioubov

Salimjon Aioubov is a Senior Broadcaster with RFE/RL’s Tajik Service.

Pete Ajemian

Pete Ajemian recently completed graduate studies at the University of St. Andrews. He previously spent time living in Lebanon and has conducted research on terrorism... MORE

Vakhit Akaev

Vakhit Akaev is a Doctor of Philosophy and a member correspondent of the Academy of Sciences of the Chechen Republic. He is also the Chair... MORE

Shehab al-Makahleh

Shehab Al-Makahleh is a senior media and policy adviser in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. He has been working for a number of media... MORE

Chris Alden

Chris Alden, Ph.D., is the Director of the China in Africa Project at SAIIA and author of the book, China in Africa (Zed 2007).

Ali Alfoneh

Ali Alfoneh, a political scientist by training, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is the author of Iran Unveiled:... MORE

Farhana Ali

Farhana Ali is an Associate International Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation. She has done extensive research on jihadist networks and religious extremism.

Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali is a Pakistan-based journalist working as a special correspondent for the Washington Post. Before this he was a correspondent for the BBC Pashto... MORE

Rafid Fadhil Ali

Rafid Fadhil Ali is journalist, writer and reporter. From 2003 to 2007 he covered the Iraq war and followed events from the field. Rafid worked... MORE

Anes Alic

Anes Alic is the Executive Director of ISA Consulting, www.isaintel.com.

Nurlan Aliyev

Nurlan Aliyev is a PhD Candidate/Researcher at the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw. From 2000 to 2017, He worked as an... MORE

Huseyn Aliyev

Huseyn Aliyev is an independent researcher whose work focuses on democratic institution-building and armed conflicts in the former Soviet Union. He is an author of... MORE

Jana Allen

Jana Allen is an Independent Research Analyst and a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. A Chinese linguist, she has a B.S. from... MORE

Kenneth Allen

Kenneth W. Allen is the Research Director for the USAF's China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI). He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, whose extensive... MORE

Victoria Almas

Victoria Almas is a regional expert on Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

Feyza Altindag

Feyza Altindag is a specialist in East European and Turkish affairs.

Ivar Amundsen

Ivar Amundsen is Director of the Chechnya Peace Forum, a human rights organization based in London which seeks to promote the cause of democracy and... MORE

Alex An

Alex An is a retired Colonel in the ROC (Taiwan) Army

David An

David An is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at George Washington University and a former Fulbright Scholar.

Danny Anderson

Danny Anderson is an intern at the Jamestown Foundation. He is a senior at American University's School of International Service and studied at MGIMO in... MORE

Martin Andrew

Martin Andrew retired from the Australian Defense Force after 28 years of service and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Bond University. His book,... MORE

Marcel Angliviel de la Beaumelle

Marcel Angliviel de la Beaumelle is an independent researcher who has worked at the Center for New American Security and the Jamestown Foundation. He is... MORE

Zaal Anjaparidze

is the Executive Director of the Georgian NGO Democracy Resources Development Center. He has written extensively on Georgian domestic and foriegn politics.

Giuseppe Anzera

Giuseppe Anzera is Assistant Professor of Sociology of International Politics at "La Sapienza" University of Rome. He collaborates with the Power and Interest News Report... MORE

Ryan Arant

Ryan Arant is an independent analyst specializing in Middle East national security issues. He holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a... MORE

Alessandro Arduino

Dr. Alessandro Arduino is co-director of the Security & Crisis Management Program at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences – UNITO.

Stephen Armitage

Stephen Armitage is a former DOD analyst, US expat and researcher primarily focused on Chinese information operations and emerging tech.

Richard Arnold

Richard Arnold, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Muskingum University, where he teaches classes on Comparative Politics and International Relations. Dr. Arnold’s research... MORE

John Arterbury

John Arterbury is a Washington, DC-based security consultant who recently served as a Fellow for Georgetown University’s Global Futures Initiative focusing on international security.

Tariq Mahmud Ashraf

Tariq Mahmud Ashraf is a retired Air Commodore from the Pakistan Air Force. A freelance analyst on South Asian defense and nuclearization issues, he has... MORE

Leyla Aslanova

Leyla Aslanova is an independent analyst and researcher. She holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook... MORE

Margarita Assenova

Margarita Assenova is the Jamestown Foundation’s Director of Programs for the Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asia. She is a regular contributor to the Jamestown publication Eurasia... MORE

Scott Atran

Scott Atran is a director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and Professor of anthropology and psychology at the University... MORE

Leah Averitt

Leah Averitt was previously a Research Fellow in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College.

Mokhtar Awad

Mokhtar Awad is a Research Fellow in the Program on Extremism at George Washington University. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Center for... MORE

Hekmatullah Azamy

Hekmatullah Azamy is a research analyst at the Centre for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS), a think tank in Kabul.