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).

 

Keun-wook Paik

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Emil Pain

Emil Pain is Director of the Center of Ethnopolitical Studies in Moscow.

Deep Pal

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Jagannath P. Panda

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Raffaello Pantucci

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Prashanth Parameswaran

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Alison Pargeter

Alison Pargeter is a Research Fellow at the International Policy Institue, Kings College London. She has published widely on Libya.

Alison Pargeter

Alison Pargeter is a Research Fellow at the International Policy Institue, Kings College London.

Seung Ho Park

Seung Ho Park is Parkland Chair Professor of Strategy at China Europe International Business School.

Umed Partov

Umed Partov is an expert on security and politics of Central Asia. He is a PhD candidate at the George Mason University School for Conflict... MORE

Gulshan Pashayeva

Dr. Gulshan Pashayeva is Deputy Director of the think tank The Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She previously... MORE

Vladimir Pastukhov

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Mikko Patokallio

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Dragan Pavlićević

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Irina Pavlova

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Nenad Pejic

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Yuan Peng

Yuan Peng is Deputy Director at the Institute of American Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations and former Visiting Fellow at the Center for... MORE

Ryan Pereira

Ryan Pereira is a 2016 Boren Fellow in the United Arab Emirates researching jihadism and Countering Violent Extremism.

Brian M. Perkins

Brian M. Perkins is a South and Central Asia analyst and freelance journalist specializing in terrorism and sectarian violence.

Alexandros Petersen

Alexandros Petersen was the author of The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West (Praeger: 2011). A scholar of grand strategy and... MORE

Jeremy Peterson

Jeremy Peterson is a Brussel’s based journalist with experience in investigating organized crime in Europe and Russia for EU governments and the Council of Europe.

Nikolay Petrov

Nikolay Petrov is a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and is chair of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Society and Regions Program.... MORE

Sebastien Peyrouse

Sebastien Peyrouse is a Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and an Associate Scholar at the Institute for International and Strategic... MORE

Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips lectures at the Centre for International Security Studies, Sydney University. She lived and worked in Yemen for nearly four years and specializes in... MORE

Allan Pilch

Allan Pilch is a Researcher at the Center for the Study of Targeted Killing

Carlos Mauricio Pineda Cruz

Carlos Mauricio Pineda Cruz, a former Salvadoran Diplomat who has been posted in Venezuela and Mexico, is currently studying at Oxford University’s Latin American Center.

Andrei Piontkovsky

Andrei Piontkovsky is a Russian scientist, political writer and analyst. He is a member of PEN International and a regular political commentator for the BBC... MORE

Algirde Pipikaite

Algirde Pipikaite is an expert on the Baltic States, especially political and international issues related to Lithuania. Moreover, she has international academic and professional experience... MORE

Avery Plaw

Avery Plaw is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is the author of several articles on drones and a... MORE

Michaela Pohl

Michaela Pohl, Assistant Professor of History at Vassar College, has written extensively about post-Soviet politics and ethnic relations.

Andrew Polk

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Kevin Pollpeter

Kevin Pollpeter is China Program Manager at Defense Group Inc.’s Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis.

Jeffrey Pool

Jeffrey Pool is a freelance consultant, specializing in security and terrorism issues in the Middle East. He is a former U.S. Army linguist, having received... MORE

Mihai Popșoi

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Elizabeth Portale

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Geoff D. Porter

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James Pothecary

James Pothecary is a Political Risk Analyst specializing in the Middle East with Allan & Associates, an international security consultancy which provides a range of... MORE

Samir Ranjan Pradhan

Samir Ranjan Pradhan, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher in the GCC Economics and Gulf-Asia Program at the Gulf Research Center, Dubai. He has authored several... MORE

Yauheni Preiherman

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Michael Preiss

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Benjamin S. Purser, III

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Susan Puska

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