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).

 

Juha Saarinen

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Giray Sadik

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Sagatom Saha

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Zabikhulla S. Saipov

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Vijay Sakhuja

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Mohamed Redzuan Salleh

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Mohammad Salman

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Jean-Loup Samaan

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Jean-Loup Samaan

Jean-Loup is a researcher at the NATO Defense College (Rome, Italy). He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Paris - La... MORE

Mykhailo Samus

Mykhailo Samus is a Deputy Director for Foreign Affairs at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, in Ukraine.

Peter Sandby-Thomas

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Elizabeth Santoro

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Ryskeldi Satke

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Peter Y. Sato

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Anvar Sattori

Anvar Sattori is an expert on Tajikistan and security issues in Central Asia.

Phillip C. Saunders

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Yevgen Sautin

Yevgen Sautin currently works in the finance sector. He received an M.A. from the University of Chicago and speaks and reads Chinese and Russian. Mr.... MORE

Julie Sawyer

Julie Sawyer is a Research Assistant at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

A.R. Sayyid

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Ahren Schaefer

Ahren Schaefer is a Foreign Affairs Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Michael Scheuer

Michael Scheuer served in the CIA for 22 years before resigning in 2004. He served as the Chief of the bin Laden Unit at the... MORE

Charles Schmitz

Charles Schmitz is a specialist on Yemen and Arab political economy at Towson University, Baltimore, MD.

Rachel Schneller

Rachel Schneller is a diplomat in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations. She joined the State Department in 2001 as a Foreign Service Officer... MORE

Clive Schofield

Clive Schofield, Ph.D., is QEII Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Australian Centre for Ocean Resource and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, Australia, where... MORE

Matt Schrader

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Edward Schwarck

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Stephen Schwartz

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Emanuele Scimia

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Andrew Scobell

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Emma Scott

Emma Scott is an Affiliate Researcher to the Centre for Chinese Studies in Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is also a Defense and Security Freelance... MORE

Kevin C. Scott

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James Scott

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Alexander Sehmer

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Katharina Seibel

Katharina Seibel is a Beijing-based research intern with the China and Global Security Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Thomas Sesin

Thomas Sesin studied Chinese at Franklin and Marshall College and spent a semester at Beijing Foreign Language Studies University. He is currently writing a book... MORE

Wali Shaaker

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Tayyab Ali Shah

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Adrian Shahbaz

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Fuad Shahbazov

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Farkhad Sharip

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Mohammad Shehzad

Mohammad Shehzad is an independent researcher in Pakistan with years of experience reporting on jihadi groups.

Dingli Shen

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Eric Y. Shibuya

Eric Y. Shibuya is Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University and a longtime specialist on Oceania. His... MORE

Yitzhak Shichor

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Erich Shih

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Victor Shih

Victor Shih is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. His areas of expertise are Chinese political economy, banking reforms, and privatization.

Takuya Shimodaira

Takuya Shimodaira, JMSDF Captain, is currently the first JMSDF Liaison Officer assigned as an International Fellow at the Naval War College. He earned an MA... MORE

David Shinn

During his 37 years at the Department of State, David Shinn served as Desk Officer for Somalia, Djibouti, and assistant for Ethiopia, State Department coordinator... MORE

Zaur Shiriyev

Zaur Shiriyev is an Academy Associate at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. He was a senior research fellow at ADA... MORE

Murad Batal al- Shishani

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Shin Shoji

Shin Shoji graduated from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He currently works as the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Analyst for NHK... MORE

Aaron Shraberg

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Vadim Shtepa

Vadim Shtepa is an Estonian-based freelance journalist, whose main research interests include Russian federalism and regionalism. He is a regular author for web-journals and newspapers,... MORE

Gregory Shtraks

Gregory Shtraks is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of Washington where he is writing a dissertation on Sino-Russian and Sino-Kazakh relations.

Stephen Shue

Stephen Shue is Senior Researcher of Boodc, a knowledge-based advisory firm in China

Sharif Shuja

Sharif Shuja is Research Associate in the Global Terrorism Research Unit at Monash University in Australia.

Abubakar Siddique

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Pascale Combelles Siegel

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Karla Simon

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Bhartendu Kumar Singh

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Julie Sirrs

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Thomas Skypek

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Andrei Smirnov

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Anthony Smith

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Myles G. Smith

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Anton Smitsendonk

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Clinton I. Smullyan

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Olena Snigyr

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Scott Snyder

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Vladimir Socor

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Camilla T. N. Soerensen

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Erika Solem

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Nodirbek Soliev

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John Solomon

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Göktuğ Sönmez

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Robert Soutar

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Dan Southerland

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Robert Troy Souza

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Ebi Spahiu

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Joseph Spears

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James Spencer

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Trevor Stanley

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Maxim Starchak

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Jules Stewart

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Erik Stier

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Robert Stiles

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Harvey Stockwin

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Ian Storey

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Austin Strange

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Austin Strange

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Thomas Strouse

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Sergey Sukhankin

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Sadia Sulaiman

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Ruslanbek Sultanov

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Steven Y. Sun

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Alexander Sungurov

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Robert Sutter

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Christopher Swift

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Leonid Sykiyanen

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David Szerlip

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