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).

 

Haiyun Ma

Haiyun Ma is Assistant Professor of History at Frostburg State University in Maryland, and his research focuses on China’s Islam and Muslims.

Ryszard Machnikowski

Ryszard Machnikowski is the vice-dean for research and international affairs of the Faculty of International and Political Studies at the University of Lodz, Poland. He... MORE

Mohan Malik

Mohan Malik, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. He is the author of China and India as Global... MORE

Rauf Mammadov

Rauf Mammadov is resident scholar on energy policy at The Middle East Institute. He focuses on issues of energy security, global energy industry trends, as... MORE

George Mamulia

Dr. George Mamulia is a politologist, a Former State Counselor of foreign affairs of the personal staff of the President of Georgia (in the period... MORE

James Manicom

James Manicom, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow in the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto and Visiting Scholar in the School of Political and... MORE

Nathaniel Manni

Nathaniel Manni is an Army veteran, who served 3 years active duty with the 82nd Airborne Division and 4 years in the Massachusetts National Guard.... MORE

Muhammad Mansour

Muhammad Mansour is a highly accomplished investigative journalist with more than ten-year, solid track record of producing high-quality print and online reports for international media... MORE

Yufeng Mao

Yufeng Mao, Ph.D., is a historian of modern China. She researches the history of Muslims in China and Sino-Middle Eastern connections.

Virginia Marantidou

Virginia Marantidou is an EU-Asia consultant based in Brussels. She previously served as the Asia program coordinator with the German Marshall Fund and was a... MORE

Erica Marat

Erica Marat, PhD, is an analyst and reporter at Voice of America's Russian Service. The views expressed here do not represent those of Voice of... MORE

Ramzy Mardini

Ramzy Mardini is an adjunct fellow at the Beirut-based Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies. He previously was a researcher on Iraq at the Institute for... MORE

David Marples

David Marples is Professor of History and Classics at the University Alberta in Edmonton. He is the author of ten books on Soviet and post-Soviet... MORE

Erich Marquardt

Erich Marquardt is an independent researcher affiliated with the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He previously was the Program Manager... MORE

Jean-Luc Marret

Jean-Luc Marret is a senior fellow at Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (Paris) and at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is a government relations consultant for APCO Worldwide in Beijing. His client work focuses on elite politics, state-owned enterprises, and investment policy in... MORE

Miguel Martin

Miguel Martin, who frequently writes under the penname Jichang Lulu, is an independent researcher with an interest in China’s activities in the Arctic and the... MORE

Ryan D. Martinson

Ryan Martinson is research administrator in the China Maritime Studies Institute of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. The views represented in... MORE

Omid Marzban

Omid Marzban has worked for Good Morning Afghanistan Radio Station and Radio Free Europe. He is based in Afghanistan.

Fozil Mashrab

Fozil Mashrab is an independent analyst based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Lieutenant General Talat Masood

Lieutenant General Talat Masood is a retired officer of the Pakistan Army and writes on security issues for a variety of national and international newspapers... MORE

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Dr. Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at Georgetown University. Her recent publications include “The Vulnerability of Rising Powers: The Logic... MORE

Andria Matrone

Andria Matrone is a Master’s candidate in Security Policy Studies at the George Washington University and a Research Intern at the Center for Strategic and... MORE

Peter Mattis

Peter Mattis was a fellow in the China Program at The Jamestown Foundation, where he served as editor of the foundation’s China Brief from 2011 to 2013.... MORE

Peter Mattis

Peter Mattis is a Fellow in the China Program at The Jamestown Foundation and a PhD student in Politics and International Studies at the University... MORE

Munir Mawari

Munir Mawari is a Yemeni-American journalist and native speaker of Arabic. Currently a freelance writer, he has worked previously for al-Jazeera TV, Voice of America... MORE

Niamh McBurney

Niamh McBurney is the Middle East analyst for AKE Group in London.

Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauley has served as senior intelligence officer for the Soviet Union, Russia, China and Taiwan during 31 years in the federal government. He has... MORE

Roger McDermott

Roger N. McDermott specializes in Russian and Central Asian defense and security issues and is a Senior Fellow in Eurasian Military Studies, The Jamestown Foundation,... MORE

Ronan McGee

Ronan McGee is an M.A. candidate in Middle East Studies at George Washington University. He studied Arabic in Yemen in 2007 and in Lebanon in... MORE

Andrew McGregor

Andrew McGregor is Director of Aberfoyle International Security, a Toronto-based agency specializing in security issues related to the Islamic world. He received a Ph.D. from... MORE

Mark McNamee

Mark McNamee is an Intelligence Analyst for Sub-Saharan Africa at an international risk consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. region as well as a contract... MORE

Joe McReynolds

Joe McReynolds is the Chinese Security Studies Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation and a Principal Cyber Analyst at SOS International. His research interests primarily center... MORE

Eric A. Mcvadon

Rear Admiral Eric A. McVadon retired after serving at the U.S. embassy in Beijing and has been a consultant on East Asian security affairs for... MORE

Fu S. Mei

Fu S. Mei is the Director of the Taiwan Security Analysis Center (TAISAC), a research and consulting practice with focus on Taiwan military and security... MORE

A. Greer Meisels

A. Greer Meisels is the Associate Director and Research Fellow, China and the Pacific, at the Center for the National Interest.

Gevorg Melikyan

Gevorg Melikyan is an associated fellow of the Armenian Institute for International and Security Affairs (AIISA) and co-founder of the think tank “The Armenian Interest.”

Silvia Menegazzi

Silvia Menegazzi is Post-doc Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant in International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. Her research interests focus on Chinese... MORE

Qingyue Meng

Dr. Qingyue Meng (MD, PhD) is a professor of Health Economics at the Center for Health Management and Policy, Shandong University, China. He is also... MORE

Wangchuk Meston

Wangchuk Meston, a researcher with International Campaign for Tibet, is a human rights advocate and has been involved in field research relating to refugees, migration... MORE

Casey Michel

Casey Michel is a graduate student at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.

Francesco F. Milan

Francesco F. Milan is a PhD candidate and a teaching assistant in intelligence at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He also works... MORE

Hayder Mili

Hayder Mili is an independent researcher specializing in terrorism and security issues in Central Asia and the Caucasus

David Millar

David Millar is a career intelligence professional and scholar specializing in political dynamics and security issues in East Asia. His research focuses on strategic culture,... MORE

Greg Mills

Greg Mills, Ph.D., heads the Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, and during 2008 is on secondment to Rwanda as the ‘Strategic Adviser to the... MORE

Dumitru Minzarari

Dumitru Minzarari is a PhD Candidate with the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Previously, he worked as the Secretary of... MORE

Carl Minzner

Carl Minzner is a professor at Fordham Law School specializing in China law and governance. He is the author of “China’s Turn Against Law” (American... MORE

Jonathan Mirsky

Jonathan Mirsky, was the China correspondent of The Observer [London] and East Asia Editor of The Times [London]. In 1989 he was named the British... MORE

Georgiy Mirsky

Professor Georgiy Mirsky is a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

Abdullahi Ahmed Mohamed

Abdullahi Ahmed Mohamed is a Nairobi based journalist who has worked with several Somali websites for the last six years. He is now the editor... MORE

Wahidullah Mohammad

Wahidullah Mohammad is a freelance journalist in Afghanistan writing under a pseudonym.

Karen Montague

Karen Montague is a Research Fellow at the Potomac Foundation, where she assists in war gaming and simulation development efforts and supports the research efforts... MORE

Ronald Montaperto

Ronald N. Montaperto recently retired as Dean of Academics at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. He now lives and works... MORE

Jessica Moody

Jessica Moody is a freelance political risk analyst with a focus on West and Central Africa.

Cerwyn Moore

Dr. Cerwyn Moore is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Birmingham.

Andrea Morigi

Andrea Morigi is a journalist with the Italian daily Libero and the author of the book "Le Multinazionali del Terrore."

Lyle Morris

Lyle J. Morris is a research assistant at The RAND Corporation. From 2010–11, he was a Next Generation Fellow at The National Bureau of Asian... MORE

Sami Moubayed

Dr. Sami Moubayed is a Syrian writer and political analyst. He is the author of many books on Syria including Steel & Silk: Men and... MORE

James P. Muldoon, Jr.

James P. Muldoon, Jr. is Senior Fellow of the Center for Global Change and Governance, Rutgers University, Newark.

Murad Muradov

Murad Muradov is an independent researcher based in Baku.

Laurent Murawiec

Laurent Murawiec is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is most recently the author of "La Guerre D'apres," a book about Saudi Arabia... MORE

Aset Murtazalieva

Aset Murtazalieva is a reporter for the independent Chechen newspaper Groznensky rabochy.

Najiba Mustafayeva

Dr. NajibaMustafayeva is a research fellow at the Baku-based Center for Strategic Studies.

Roman Muzalevsky

Roman Muzalevsky works for iJet Intelligent Risk Systems, Inc. and is a Contributing Analyst at Wikistrat. He received his MA in International Affairs with concentration... MORE

Nicholas J. Myers

Nicholas J. Myers is an analyst of the Russian and Belarusian militaries. He has been studying Russian policy and statecraft for over 10 years and... MORE