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).

 

Kathryn Haahr

Ms. Haahr is a foreign affairs and counter-terrorism consultant in Washington, D.C.

Keith Hand

Keith Hand is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining the UC Hastings faculty,... MORE

Brian Harding

Brian Harding is a research associate in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Previously, he was a Fulbright... MORE

Paul Hare

Ambassador Paul Hare is the executive director of the U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia from 1985 to 1988... MORE

Daniel M. Hartnett

Daniel M. Hartnett is a research scientist with CNA’s China Studies Division. He is a former soldier in the U.S. Army, and is currently finishing... MORE

Ahmed Hashim

Professor Ahmed S. Hashim is a leading authority on Middle Eastern, Central and South Asian security issues. A member of the United States Naval War... MORE

Umida Hashimova

Umida Hashimova is an independent scholar based in Washington, D.C. She is a native of Uzbekistan, where she used to work for the United Nations... MORE

Muhammad Haniff Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Hassan is Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where he specializes in counter-ideology.... MORE

Neil Hauer

Neil Hauer is Lead Analyst at the SecDev Group in Ottawa, Canada, where he focuses on Syria, Russia and the Caucasus.

James Hauslein

Mr. Hauslein is currently Managing Director of Hauslein & Company, Inc., a private equity firm and was previously, until May 2001, Chairman and Chief Executive... MORE

William R. Hawkins

William R. Hawkins is Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the U.S. Business and Industry Council.

Michael V. Hayden

General Michael V. Hayden (USAF Ret.) served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 and was responsible for overseeing the collection... MORE

Timothy Heath

Mr. Timothy R. Heath serves as a Senior International Defense Research Analyst with the RAND Corporation. He previously served as a senior analyst on China... MORE

Chris Heffelfinger

Chris Heffelfinger is an independent researcher affiliated with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He is also the editor of... MORE

Justin Hempson-Jones

Justin Hempson-Jones is a freelance analyst. He recently completed an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford.

Nicholas A. Heras

Nicholas A. Heras is  the Middle East Security Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and senior analyst for the Jamestown Foundation.

Jeffrey Herbst

Professor Jeffery Herbst is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University, in Ohio, and a co-author of "The Future of Africa:... MORE

April A. Herlevi

April A. Herlevi is a doctoral candidate in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia, currently residing in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab... MORE

Hannah Hindel

Hannah Hindel is a research intern in the China Power Project at CSIS and a second-year master’s student in the Asian Studies program at Georgetown’s... MORE

Bruce Hoffman

Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty years. He is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program... MORE

Samantha Hoffman

Samantha Hoffman is an independent consultant. She is currently finalizing her Ph.D.: “Programming China: The Communist Party’s Autonomic Approach to Managing State Security”. She tweets... MORE

Tanner Holland

Tanner Holland is a Europe-Eurasia Intern at The Jamestown Foundation. His research focuses on Russia, Ukraine, and the broader post-Soviet space. He holds a Bachelor... MORE

Timothy Holman

Timothy Holman is a Ph.D. candidate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

James Holmes

James Holmes is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College and co-author of Chinese Naval Strategy in the 21st Century: The Turn... MORE

Nikolai Holmov

Nikolai Holmov is a writer and analyst based in Odesa, Ukraine. He runs the blog odessablog.wordpress.com.

Andrew Holt

Andrew Holt is a Southeast Asia analyst based in Los Angeles.

Nong Hong

Nong Hong is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the China Institute at the University of Alberta, and a Deputy Director of the Research Center for Oceans... MORE

Patrick Hoover

Patrick Hoover is a Middle East Analyst at Navanti Group, a geopolitical risk firm specializing in hard-to-access areas, and current graduate student at Georgetown University’s... MORE

Loro Horta

Loro Horta is a graduate of the Peoples Liberation Army National Defense University senior officer’s course and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce Central School. He... MORE

Michael Horton

Michael Horton is a senior analyst for Arabian affairs at the Jamestown Foundation. He is a frequent contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review and has written... MORE

Daniel Houpt

Daniel Houpt is a recent graduate of the Georgetown University Security Studies Program, where he wrote his thesis on Chinese space policy. He previously interned... MORE

Glen Howard

Mr. Howard is fluent in Russian and proficient in Azerbaijani and Arabic, and is a regional expert on the Caucasus and Central Asia. He was... MORE

Glen E. Howard

Glen E. Howard is the President of The Jamestown Foundation.

Russell Hsiao

Russell Hsiao is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, and a National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in... MORE

Michael Hsiao

Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Ph.D., is the Director of Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, and Professor of Sociology, National Taiwan University, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Sara Hsu

Sara Hsu is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Dr. Hsu specializes in Chinese economic development,... MORE

Teh-wei Hu

Dr. Teh-wei Hu is Professor Emeritus of Health Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in China and received his PhD in... MORE

Jing Huang

Jing Huang, Ph.D., is visiting professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore

Chin-hao Huang

Chin-Hao Huang is a Researcher with the Freeman Chair.

Cindy Hurst

Cindy Hurst is an analyst with the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office. She is the author of over two dozen major studies and articles,... MORE

Rusif Huseynov

Rusif Huseynov is an independent researcher based in Baku.

Frank Hyland

Frank Hyland served in the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency's Counter-Terrorist Center and the National Counter-Terrorism Center. He has been involved in counter-terrorism... MORE