Established as a consortium in 1984, The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies advances innovative use-inspired research and teaching on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia.  The Center’s core mission is to enhance contextual expertise and cultural awareness in the communities it serves, through partnerships across disciplinary, ideological and geographical borders.

As an instructional unit, the Center sponsors the Critical Languages Institute, one of the largest summer training academies for intensive training in less commonly taught East European and Eurasian languages.

As a research unit, the Center draws on the expertise of over forty faculty affiliates, and partners with educational institutions in the US and the region to build programs of academic exchange, international development, and collaborative research.

The Melikian Center adopted its current name in late 2006, in recognition of the generous support of Gregory and Emma Melikian.

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September 26, 2018

A book discussion featuring:

Author, Claudia Sadowski-Smith, who earned her Ph.D in English, is a professor of English and American Studies in the Department of English at ASU.  She specializes in multiethni... more

Time: 2 PM Location: ASU Tempe campus - Coor Hall, Rm 5536 [5th floor], 975 S Myrtle Ave, Tempe, AZ
September 30, 2018


Internationalizing Kosovo, 1989-2019:
Intervention, Recognition and the Politics of Sovereign Statehood in Comparative Perspective

(Made possible by a donation f... more

Time: January 30-February 1, 2019 Location: Arizona State University
October 4, 2018

In the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, a women decides to move across town—alone. Will her family forgive her? Will she forgive them? Will her decision tear them apart or help them find a way to be together?

Time: 6:30PM Location: Vista del Sol Community Center Theater, 701 E Apache Blvd

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