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).

 

Orhan Gafarli

Orhan Gafarli is a PhD candidate in International Relations at Ankara University, who specializes in Russia-Turkey relations and the Eurasian region. He is also a PhD... MORE

Gary Gambill

Gary C. Gambill, a political analyst for Freedom House and adjunct professor at College of Mount Saint Vincent, has published widely on Lebanese and Syrian... MORE

Cristina Garafola

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Azad Garibov

Azad Garibov is a Leading Research Fellow at the SAM Center for Strategic Studies, in Azerbaijan, and the Editor of the Caucasus International Journal.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program.

John Garver

John Garver is Professor of International Relations at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Vusal Gasimli

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Oleksandr Gavrylyuk

Oleksandr Gavrylyuk is a journalist and Ukrainian expert based in Kyiv who has covered the region for 15 years.

Khalil Gebara

Khalil Gebara is a Lebanese researcher and holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Politics from the University of Exeter (UK)

Khwaja Geedar Khan

Khwaja Geedar Khan lives in Peshawar and works for various Western humanitarian aid organizations.

Dainius Genys

Dr. Dainius Genys works at the Andrei Sakharov Research Center for Democratic Development, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas.

Andrea Ghiselli

Andrea Ghiselli is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University, and a non-resident Research Assistant for the... MORE

Debalina Ghoshal

Debalina Ghoshal is an independent consultant based in India.

Bates Gill

Dr. Bates Gill holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A specialist in East Asian foreign policy... MORE

Bruce Gilley

Bruce Gilley (Ph.D. 2008, Princeton University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science. His research centers on democracy, legitimacy, and global politics, and he is... MORE

Antonio Giustozzi

Dr. Antonio Giustozzi is a Research Fellow at the Crisis States Research Centre at the London School of Economics. He is the author of several... MORE

John Wagner Givens

John Wagner Givens is a Scholar in Residence at the University of Louisville’s Center for Asian Democracy.

Akram Gizabi

Akram Gizabi is a freelance writer based in the United States who specializes in Afghan political and military affairs.

Bonnie S. Glaser

Bonnie Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Gregory Gleason

Gregory Gleason is professor of security studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and professor emeritus at the... MORE

Joshua Gleis

Joshua Gleis is a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and a PhD Candidate at the Fletcher... MORE

Steven Glinert

Steven Glinert is a China analyst at DGI. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in International Relations in 2010 and has written... MORE

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan... MORE

Justin Godby

Justin Godby is an analyst with the Department of Defense. The views expressed here are solely those of the authors and do not reflect the... MORE

Paul H.b. Godwin

Dr. Paul H.B. Godwin retired as professor of international affairs at the National War College in the summer of 1998, where his teaching and research... MORE

Zack Gold

Zack Gold is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project and a Middle East analyst focusing on U.S.-Egyptian relations and security in the Sinai... MORE

Justin Goldman

Justin Goldman is a 2013 United States-Indonesia Society Summer Studies Fellow at Gadjah Mada University and a Non-Resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow with Pacific Forum... MORE

Lyle Goldstein

Lyle Goldstein is an Associate Professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. His most recent... MORE

Aleksandr Golts

Aleksandr Golts was born in 1955. In 1978, he received an M.A. in journalism from the Department of Journalism at the Moscow State Lomonosov University.... MORE

Sebastian Gorka

Sebastian Gorka is Adjunct Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Program on Terrorism and Security Studies and Executive Director of... MORE

Abigail Grace

Abigail C. Grace is a Research Associate with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. She recently served as a... MORE

Audra Grant

Audra K. Grant, PhD, is a political scientist at RAND. Her research focuses on the Middle East, and issues related to the development of political... MORE

Stephen Green

Stephen Green is Head of the Asia Program at Chatham House, London.

Sergei Gretsky

Sergei Gretsky is the Chair of Central Asia Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State.

Christopher Griffin

Christopher Griffin is a research fellow in Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He can be reached at cgriffin@aei.org.

Armen Grigoryan

Armen Grigoryan is an Armenian political scientist. His research interests include post-communist transition, EU relations with Eastern Partnership countries, transatlantic relations, energy security, and conflict... MORE

Gerry Groot

Gerry Groot is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Head of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He has... MORE

Patrick W. Gross

Pat Gross is chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm he formed after stepping down as chairman of the... MORE

Peter Gross

Dr. Peter Gross is a professor and former director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). He is... MORE

Derek Grossman

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. He formerly served at the Defense Intelligence Agency as the daily intelligence... MORE

Madeleine Gruen

Madeleine Gruen is an intelligence analyst and a candidate for a master's degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Pan Guang

Pan Guang is the Director and Professor of Shanghai Center for International Studies and Institute of Eurasian Studies at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Director... MORE

Nat Guillou

Nat Guillou is a political risk analyst specializing in the Middle East and South Asia with Stirling Assynt.

Olivier Guitta

Olivier Guitta is a foreign affairs and counter-terrorism consultant in Washington DC and the founder of the newsletter The Croissant, located at http://www.thecroissant.com.

Ibragim Gukemukh

Dr. Ibragim Gukemukh received his PhD in History from Kabardino-Balkarian University, and served as head of the Department of Pre-Revolutionary History in the National Museum... MORE

Zana K. Gulmohamad

Zana K. Gulmohamad is a PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Sheffield where he is researching Iraq’s politics, security and foreign relations.

Kristen Gunness

Kristen Gunness is a China advisor for the Department of the Navy. She has extensive experience studying, living, and working in China, and has written... MORE

Michael Gunter

Michael M. Gunter is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee and teaches during the summer at the International University... MORE

Olaf Günther

Olaf Günther is senior researcher at Palacký University in Czech Republic.

Ilgar Gurbanov

Ilgar Gurbanov is a Baku-based independent analyst on energy security issues.

Charles Gurin

has covered developments in the former Soviet Union for more than a decade and also carried out journalistic assignments in other parts of the world,... MORE

Anna Gussarova

Anna Gussarova is the Director of the Central Asia Institute for Strategic Studies and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington... MORE