Ellison Center News


NEW! REECAS Graduate Certificate

Are you a graduate or professional student with an interest in the REECAS region? Our new REECAS Certificate is designed to help you acquire in-depth knowledge of REECA regions and to develop interdisciplinary analytical and academic area-studies expertise to enhance professional, masters or doctoral degrees. Visit our Certificate page or contact us to learn more about this opportunity.




Will Afghanistan Take Central Asia Down with It?

With the 2014 deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan looming, various players and analysts are warning of the potential for spillover into Central Asia. In an August 1, 2013 article in The National Interest, Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz and Marlene Laruelle, director of the Central Asia Program, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University caution that this alarmism is based on faulty assumptions advanced by strategists with a tendency to fall victim to “mappism”. Read their commentary to find out why they don’t buy the spillover narrative and what they see as the greatest threat to Central Asian states. Read the article here.



 Read the Spring 2013 REECAS Newsletter online TODAY!


STARTALK brings Russian out of home, into real world
By Indra Ekmanis

"While tens of thousands of Russian heritage speakers live in Washington State, few have many opportunities to learn the language outside of the home and community schools. STARTALK, a language program at the University of Washington, is helping to change this. The summer program offers a chance for high school students and community teachers to improve their skills in a government-funded initiative geared toward promoting sustained language education.”

Read the full article...


Find abstracts and papers from this year's

19th Annual NW Regional Conference for

Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies

From Symbolism to Security

Politics, Literature & Imagery in

Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia 




Synopses of Recent Events





Opportunities and Information

  • Check out our Summer and Autumn course lists!
  • Not in the REECAS program but still interested in the region? Check out the new Graduate Certificate in Russian, East Europe and Central Asian Studies (with rolling admissions)! 



Please complete our online learning survey if you are a UW UNDERGRADUATE or (non-REECAS) GRADUATE STUDENT interested in the region. Thank you!




The Ellison Center
REECAS Program
Box 353650
203B Thomson Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4852 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax