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).

 

John C. K. Daly

Dr. John C. K. Daly is a Eurasian foreign affairs and defense policy expert for The Jamestown Foundation and a non-resident fellow at the Central... MORE

Sara Daly

Sara Daly is an international policy analyst at RAND. Her research focuses primarily on international terrorism, insurgency, emerging threats, nuclear terrorism, and intelligence issues.

Emil Danielyan

Emil Danielyan is a journalist and political analyst based in Armenia's capital Yerevan. He works for the Yerevan bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)... MORE

Rup Narayan Das

Rup Narayan Das is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi, India.

Victor Davidoff

Victor Davidoff is a Moscow-based writer and journalist whose blog is chaadaev56.livejournal.com.

Thomas Davidson

Chief Warrant Officer 4 (ret) Thomas S. Davidson II was a Senior Military Intelligence Analyst at the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) of the U.S.... MORE

Elizabeth Van Wie Davis

Elizaabeth Van Wie Davis is a Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) with a focus on Chinese domestic, foreign, and defense policies.... MORE

Erik Davtyan

Erik Davtyan holds a Bachelor's degree in international relations from Yerevan State University. His areas of interest include the foreign policies of Armenia, Georgia and... MORE

Mauro De Lorenzo

Mauro De Lorenzo is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He conducted research in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and DR Congo for a number... MORE

Willem de Vogel

Willem de Vogel was born in The Netherlands and was schooled there and in Wales. He graduated with a Licence es Sciences Politiques from the... MORE

Thomas de Zoete

Thomas de Zoete is a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s Ad de Jonge Centre for Intelligence & Security Studies.

Andrew Dean

Andrew P. Dean recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences with an M.A. in International Security Studies. He has expertise... MORE

Jamie Dettmer

Jamie Dettmer is an expert on North Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe. He writes for Newsweek/Daily Beast, Voice of America and Maclean's. He... MORE

Lauren Dickey

Lauren Dickey is a PhD candidate in War Studies at Kings College London and the National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on cross-strait ties,... MORE

Halla Diyab

Halla Diyab is an award winning screen-writer, producer, broadcaster and published author. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from the University of... MORE

Donald N. Jensen

Donald Jensen is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Senior Fellow with the... MORE

Han Dongfang

Han Dongfang is the founder and director of China Labour Bulletin, a non-governmental organization based in Hong Kong that seeks to promote workers rights in... MORE

Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder

Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder is an associate senior researcher at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Mongolia’s National Security Council.

John Dotson

John Dotson is a former staff member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a former member of the faculty at the National Intelligence... MORE

Erica Downs

Erica Downs in a fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution.

Jerome Doyon

Jerome Doyon is a PhD candidate in political science at SciencesPo/CERI (Paris) and Columbia University (New York). His research focuses on Chinese Communist Party cadres’... MORE

Darcie Draudt

Darcie Draudt is a Ph.D. student in political science at Johns Hopkins University and non-resident James A. Kelly fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS. She previously... MORE

June Teufel Dreyer

June Teufel Dreyer is a professor of political science at the University of Miami and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She... MORE

Jessica Drun

Jessica Drun is a recent graduate of the Master’s in Asian Studies program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and has previously spent time... MORE

Mathieu Duchâtel

Dr. Mathieu Duchâtel joined the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) China and Global Security Project in July 2011 as a Senior Researcher and Head... MORE

Devi Dumbadze

Devi Dumbadze studied philosophy, sociology, and media in Tbilisi and Bochum. He has published articles on social philosophy, political economy, media theory, and aesthetics. His... MORE

John B. Dunlop

John B. Dunlop is a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is an expert on Russia's two wars in Chechnya, nationalism in the... MORE

Nicholas Dynon

Nicholas Dynon is an academic and former diplomat specializing in Chinese media and soft power. A doctoral candidate at Macquarie University, Sydney, his research has... MORE

Valery Dzutsati

Valery Dzutsati is a doctoral student in political science at Arizona State University. Mr. Dzutsati is a native of North Ossetia. He holds a Bachelor’s... MORE