The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the global order. It

  • Promotes a multidisciplinary approach combining political science, sociology, political philosophy, cultural studies, critical geopolitics, and international relations,
  • Addresses questions related to democratic backlash, the spread of authoritarianism, post-liberalism, the far right, populism and nationalism,
  • Serves as a platform for debating contested concepts such as liberalism, illiberalism, and post-liberalism relationship.

The Illiberalism Studies Program is hosted at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES). IERES is part of The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

IERES has been ranked no. 5 worldwide in the category Best Regional Studies Center (University Affiliated) by the 2019 Global Go to Think Tank Index Report. The primary mission of IERES is to serve as a field-defining leader in scholarship, education, and advice for policymakers addressing relations between the United States, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. The Institute’s hallmarks are combining academic rigor with policy engagement, promoting interdisciplinary perspectives, and recognizing that Europe, Russia, and Eurasia cannot be understood in isolation from each other or from larger global trends. IERES unites a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of scholars and scholar-practitioners, both faculty and visitors.

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