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).

 

Michael Taarnby

Michael Taarnby is a research fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies with a specialization in political and militant Islamism.

Ariane Tabatabai

Ariane Tabatabai is the Director of Curriculum and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Security Studies Program at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service... MORE

Muhammad Tahir

Muhammad Tahir is currently a Washington Correspondent at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), while in DC, Muhammad mainly covers events relevant to his target region... MORE

Farhat Taj

Farhat Taj is a Ph.D. Research Fellow, University of Oslo and a newspaper columnist in Pakistan. She is the director of the documentary film “Waziristan-... MORE

Tiina Tarvainen

Tiina Tarvainen is a researcher at the Research Group for Conflicts and Terrorism at the University of Turku, Finland.

Camille Tawil

Camille Tawil is an investigative journalist for al-Hayat newspaper in London where he has worked for the past seventeen years. Mr. Tawil joined al-Hayat newspaper... MORE

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor is an Associate Professor in the School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a Visiting Professor at the University of... MORE

Donald Temple

Donald Temple is a research assistant at the RAND Corporation specializing in national security.

Eric Teo Chu Cheow

Dr Eric Teo Chu Cheow, a business consultant and strategist based in Singapore, is also Council Secretary of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA).

Marta Ter

Marta Ter is a Slavic philologist and holds an M.A. in International Relations, Security and Development. Currently, she is a researcher at Observatorio Eurasia (University... MORE

Udit Thakur

Udit Thakur is a freelance writer and researcher, currently based in Mumbai by way of Washington, DC. He writes on issues of religion, politics, and... MORE

Michal Thim

Michal Thim is a Research Fellow at the Prague-based think-tank Association for International Affairs, a member of CIMSEC, and an Asia-Pacific Desk Contributing Analyst for... MORE

Drew Thompson

Drew Thompson is the Director of China Studies and Starr Senior Fellow at The Nixon Center in Washington, DC. He was formerly the National Director... MORE

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is the research and administrative manager at the Brenthurst Foundation.

John Thorne

John Thorne is a journalist based in Tunis. He has covered North Africa since 2006.

Levi Tillemann

Levi Tillemann is a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and an associate at Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Levi is currently writing a dissertation... MORE

John Tkacik

John Tkacik is Research Fellow in China Policy in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation

Fatima Tlis

Fatima Tlisova is a Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Tlisova is an independent journalist... MORE

Daniel Tobin

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

Igor Torbakov

Igor Torbakov is a freelance journalist and researcher who specializes in CIS political affairs. He holds an MA in History from Moscow State University and... MORE

Igor Torbakov

Igor Torbakov is a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. A trained historian, he specializes in Russian and Eurasian history... MORE

Stefano Maria Torelli

Stefano Maria Torelli, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and a member of the Italian Centre for the... MORE

Jacob Townsend

Jacob Townsend has been a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central Asia, Afghanistan and the Asia-Pacific. He is currently... MORE

Tetiana Tretiak

Tetiana Tretiak is an independent Ukrainian economic and political analyst.

Sergei Troush

Dr. Sergei Troush is the Senior Fellow of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He is specializing in China's foreign and domestic politics, China's energy... MORE

Michael M. Tsai

Michael M. Tsai, Ph.D., served in the government of Taiwan as the minister of national defense, deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council and deputy... MORE

Mamuka Tsereteli

Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli is an assistant professor at the School of International Service. He teaches classes on International Relations of Russia and Central Eurasia, Energy... MORE

Kevin Jianjun Tu

Kevin Jianjun Tu is a senior associate in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he leads Carnegie’s work on China’s energy and climate policies.... MORE

Paul Tumelty

Paul Tumelty is a researcher specializing in the Russian North Caucasus, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He holds an MPhil in Russian and East European... MORE

Aybeniz Turan

Aybeniz Turan is an expert on the South Caucasus and an analyst for The Jamestown Foundation.

Jennifer L. Turner

Dr. Jennifer L. Turner has directed the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars since 1999. In addition to editing the... MORE

Jennifer M. Turner

Jennifer M. Turner is a graduate student in China Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She previously served as a Navy civilian... MORE

John Ty Grubbs

John Ty Grubbs served as a Human Terrain Analyst in Khost and Paktia in 2011. He previously worked for the Joint IED Defeat Organization and... MORE