Era Institute



The Eurasian Research and Analysis - ERA Institute is a unique virtual network of young researchers across the world that study political, socioeconomic, and security developments taking place on the Eurasian continent. ERA Institute effectively brings together a diverse group of scholars that engage in rigorous academic discussions regarding the developments taking place in this dynamic region. Stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic and from the Indian to the Arctic oceans, this vast continent represents an area full of risks and opportunities that demand objective research and analysis.ERA Institute is best suited to attract novice as well as reputable intellectualsregional and issue-specific experts that are committed to an impartial analysis and creative thinking. The Institute is strictly independent and does not take institutional positions, engage in lobbying, or get involved in ideological advocacy. Its main mission is to study and disseminate original research on Eurasian matters accessible to the general public as well as policy-makers.Founded in 2013 as a not-for-profit non-governmental research organization, ERA Institute aspires to become one of the leading think tanks working on Eurasian affairs and to provide sound policy recommendations to the decision-makers in the public and private sectors. Working together, our dedicated team of specialists brings the invaluable benefit of diverse viewpoints to bilateral, multilateral, and Eurasian issues.ERA Institute welcomes scholars with diverse political and economic views, but holds them to the highest academic and professional standards. Excellence, competency, and professionalism are our guiding principles.


  • Eurasia Unveiled S2 E3 - China's Climate Change Policy

    25/06/2020 Duración: 27min

    Ryan McLean -- a final year PhD Student at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) in Northern Ireland -- discusses the evolution of China's climate change policy through the decades; current challenges and opportunities; global leadership on combating climate change; as well as COVID-19 pandemic's effect and potential development scenarios.

  • Eurasia Unveiled S2 E2 - Terrorism Trends in Eurasia

    29/04/2020 Duración: 23min

    Global Terrorism Database at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Researcher Karina Panyan discusses terrorism trends in Eurasia, including Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, Philippines, nuclear threat, etc.

  • Eurasia Unveiled S2 E1 - U.S. Posturing in the Middle East

    08/04/2020 Duración: 24min

    U.S. foreign policy and Middle East commentator Shahed Ghoreishi discusses the U.S. posturing in the region in both historic and contemporary contexts, delving into Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and more.

  • Eurasia Unveiled Episode 7 - Syrian Refugee Integration Policy in Germany

    16/12/2017 Duración: 26min

    Erik Khzmalyan and Tobias Brandt discuss Germany's strategy of integrating Syrian refugees. The conversation begins with Merkel's unilateral decision to accept over 1 million refugees in 2015. Mr. Brandt explains how Merkel communicated her decision with the general populace and recognizes the parties that opposed the decision. He then breaks down the integration process and describes the involvement of ordinary Germans in this process. Finally, Mr. Brandt sheds light on the policies implemented to combat radical ideologies that some refugees may harbor and concludes by talking about Germany's shortage of skilled workers and how refugees are integrated into the workforce. Tobias Brandt was born and raised in Germany where he attended the University of Hamburg to receive his BA in Middle Eastern Studies. He wrote his thesis on Al-Qaeda's propaganda strategy and used original Arabic documents for his research. Tobias spent some time in Qasid Arabic Institute in Jordan where he studied Arabic. He served as a vo

  • Eurasia Unveiled Episode 6 - Ethnic Policy in China: History, Challenges, and Future Prospects

    01/11/2017 Duración: 25min

    Erik Khzmalyan and Kevin Dunne talk about Chinese ethnic policy from the 1950s to present. They assess its evolution and examine whether Chinese identity exists independently of its Han core, and implications thereof. Some of the peoples discussed include the Miao, Uyghur, and Bouyei as well as the Korean minorities living in the north of the country.

  • Eurasia Unveiled Episode 5 - Afghanistan: The Graveyard of Empires

    13/09/2017 Duración: 30min

    In this episode of Eurasia Unveiled, Erik Khzmalyan and Brandon Weichert discuss the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and the objective of preventing Russia and China from becoming regional hegemons. Weichert explores the possible solutions for Afghanistan, including through multilateral/regional approach. He also elaborates on China's involvement in Afghanistan, particularly focusing on the country's role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Weichert further sheds light on Russia's involvement with the Taliban and provides with policy recommendations on America's withdrawal from the country. Brandon Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and the founder and CEO of The Weichert Report - a magazine of geopolitics. He is also a contributing editor at the 'American Greatness'. To learn more, please visit:

  • Eurasia Unveiled Episode 3 - Evolution of Russia's Economy and Future Prospects

    30/04/2017 Duración: 38min

    ERA Institute Executive Director Armen V. Sahakyan and Bear Market Brief's Aaron Schwartzbaum discuss the evolution of Russia's Economy since 1991 and its future prospects. Aaron Schwartzbaum is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bear Market Brief. He is currently pursuing an MA in International Political Economy and International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington DC. Previously, he was a researcher with Eurasia Group’s Eurasia and global macro practices, and has experience in investment banking. He has lived in Saint Petersburg for a year and a half, where he completed the Overseas Language Flagship program. He focuses on Russia’s economy, fiscal policy, domestic politics, and the defense industry. For more information, visit:

  • Eurasia Unveiled Episode 2 - Iran's Power Politics and Regional Aspirations

    05/04/2017 Duración: 24min

    ERA Institute's Erik Khzmalyan discusses Iran's regional policy with Persian Gulf Institute's president Shahed Ghoreishi. Mr. Ghoreishi talks about Iran's power politics, involvement in neighboring states, and the Carter Doctrine as well as possible cooperation between Washington and Tehran. The Persian Gulf Institute (PGI) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to the independent study of the of the Persian Gulf region. PGI aims to provide impartial and insightful analysis of the region’s political, economic, and social dynamics. For more information, visit:

  • Eurasia Unveiled Episode 1 - What is Eurasia and Why It Matters?

    10/12/2016 Duración: 23min

    Erik Khzmalyan and Armen V. Sahakyan delve into the concept of Eurasia -- its historical evolution as well as contemporary definition and implications upon global politics. What is Eurasia and why should we care about it? Take a listen and let us know your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. More at: