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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Keith Brown, Melikian Center Director

Melikian Center in the News


January 24, 2019

The Melikian Center's Spring 2019 film series foregrounds tales of trickery and illusion.

Time: 6:30PM Location: CPCOM 120
January 30, 2019

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think and action tank dedicated to renewing America in the Digital Age. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ‘66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at... more

Time: 6:00 PM Location: ASU University Club, Heritage Room, 425 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

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