The Master of Arts program in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs provides an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing the functional principles that define Western, Central, and Eastern Europe in conjunction with Russia and Eurasia.
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Trevor Howe is a second-year Masters candidate in the European and Eurasian Studies program at the Elliott School, concentrating in European security and U.S. foreign policy towards Russia. He received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a dual concentration in security policy and Europe/Eurasia from the Elliott School in 2018, during which time he studied for a semester in Brussels. Since his family has Estonian roots, he is interested specifically in Baltic security. He is currently a graduate assistant and tutor within the Department of Athletics at GW, and is a teaching assistant for IAFF 2094: Europe International and Domestic Interactions starting in the fall. He also has experience working at the Department of State within the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as well as at the British Embassy in Washington. Trevor enjoys staying up to date with American and British politics, strategic board games, and black tea.
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Chasta Piatakovas works in the International Monetary Fund’s European Department, where she assists the Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine teams. She previously worked at The McCain Institute as the executive assistant to the executive director, the former NATO ambassador and GW Elliott School alumnus Kurt Volker. She has studied, lived, and interned in Germany and traveled throughout western and southern Europe. She holds an M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies and a B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in German Language & Literature, both from the Elliott School. Outside of work, Chasta is a certified integrative wellness & life coach, the outreach coordinator for the Arlington Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a die-hard Washington Capitals fan.
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Peter Rollberg is Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies, and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at George Washington University. Rollberg studied at Lomonosov University in Moscow and at the University of Leipzig where he earned his Ph.D. in 1988. He came to GWU in 1991 after teaching at Duke University. His main field of expertise is Russian literature and film, as well as Georgian and Kazakh cinema. His publications include articles in Russian, English, and German on Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, and filmmakers such as Yakov Protazanov and Sergei Bondarchuk. His Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema was published in 2009 (second, enlarged edition 2016). In 2018, Rollberg coedited the volume Mass Media in the Post-Soviet World (with Marlene Laruelle). Peter Rollberg won the Bender Teaching Award in 1999 and the Trachtenberg Teaching Award in 2001.
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Chris Riehl graduated from Western Kentucky University magna cum laude and triple majored in international affairs, history, and political science. As an undergraduate, Chris published two of his papers in the Michigan Journal of History and the Vanderbilt Historical Review. Chris will begin his master’s program at the Elliott School in Fall 2019 studying European and Eurasian Studies with a concentration in International Organization, Diplomacy, and Globalization. Chris has traveled extensively in Europe, having visited Central Europe in Summer 2016 and Western Europe in Spring 2018. After graduation from WKU in December 2018, Chris spent the subsequent Spring interning at the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana working on International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) projects. Chris planned the itinerary for a visit of five Russian human rights journalists to Kentucky and traveled with them during programming days.
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Ana M. Diaz will be a first-year Masters candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School this fall, concentrating in European and Eurasian studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Florida in 2019. Specifically, she is interested in migration and refugee resettlement in Europe. As a Ronald E. McNair scholar, Ana presented her research regarding the “2015 Refugee Crisis” in various conferences and served as a Junior Fellow in the Political Science department at the University of Florida. She also interned at Weiser Immigration Law Firm in where she gained experience in trial preparation and litigation practices. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and is currently learning French.
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Garret Mitchell is a 2015 graduate from the Elliott School‘s M.A. European and Eurasian Studies program. During his time at GW, he focused on natural gas trade in Russia and Central Asia. Four years after graduation, he considers the support he received from IERES staff, Director Peter Rollberg, and the friends he made to be the most valuable legacy of his time at the Elliott School.
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