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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.
As the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was breaking up, the main official language of the former state, Serbo-Croatian, was divided into four politically separate languages: Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin (Greenberg 2008). Us... more
According to Duličenko (2015), in the Slavic world there are 18 small Slavic languages that are based on certain dialects, have certain literary traditions, and some kind of norm and its stability, but are limited in their scale compared to major... more
"The Role of the Parliament in the Rule of Law in Kazakhstan" - A discussion featuring a delegation representing the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Ms. Snezhanna Imasheva, Member of the Committee o... more
The Melikian Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Irina Levin as a postdoctoral fellow for 2018-19. Dr. Levin received her doctorate in anthropology from New York University in 2017 for her PhD thesis, entitled "Uncertain Returns: Citizenship and Law in the Caucasus." Drawing on language proficiency in Russian, Turkish and Azerbaijani, and on extensive fieldwork with Meskhetian and Ahiska Turkish communities in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, Dr. Levin explores contemporary issues of disputed citizenship, legacies of displacement and trauma, and the particular social and political significance of identity documents, from the points of view of both states and individuals trying to establish and maintain security in precarious times. Dr. Levin will spend 2018-19 at ASU, pursuing further research and also teaching at Barrett, the Honors College. She recently posted this account of the disputed identify of a "Turkish" SS Officer on the All the Russias blog at NYU's Jordan Center.