Current Fellows

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Ruben Elamiryan

Ruben Elamiryan is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar. The topic of the 11-month research is “Eastern Partnership Countries on the Cross-Roads of the Eurasian Geopolitics (USA, EU, Russia, China)”. He is an assistant professor attached to the Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy at Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia and lecturer at Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) university. He holds a PhD in Political Science.

Areas of specialization: International Relations, Geopolitics, International Security, and Cyber security.

Publications List: 

Selected list of publications:

  1. Elamiryan R., Modernization of national interests of the Republic of Armenia in the process development of the Eurasian Union. Digest of academic publications “Kantegh”. Yerevan, 2013, 208–18;
  2. Margaryan M., Elamiryan R., Complementary cooperation as the basis to provide National security of the Republic of Armenia. Collection of materials of the 14th Junior International-Practical conference. Novosibirsk, Sibprint, 2013, 41–49;
  3. Margaryan M., Elamiryan R., Modernization of national interests in the context of providing information security of the Republic of Armenia. Academic journal "Investytsiyi: praktyka ta dosvid", N6, Kiev, Ukraine, 2013, 146–49;
  4. Elamiryan R., The problem of transformation of the national interests in the context of developing of the network society in the Republic of Armenia. Scientific journal “Public Administration”, N 2, Yerevan 2014, 157–66;
  5. Elamiryan R., Human security in context of globalization: information security aspect. Materials of the International scientific conference on the Problems of National security in terms of Globalization (interdisciplinary aspects), RAU Publications, Yerevan, 2015, 173–79;
  6. Elamiryan R., The role of Twitter in information warfare in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict/ 10th Anniversary annual international scientific conference of the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) university, Conference proceedings, RAU Publication. Yerevan, 2015, 310–17.
  7. Elamiryan R., The perspectives of development of public diplomacy of the Eurasian Economic Union. Baikal University Press, Irkutsk, 2016, 42–51.
  8. Margaryan M., Elamiryan R., Responsibility to protect and the issue of international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Materials of International scientific conference, Stepanakert, 2016, 132–38.
  9. Elamiryan R., Eurasian security: from Baku to Moscow and beyond, 09/05/2016,
  10. Elamiryan R., Armenia will play out pipeline to break the isolation, 28.09.2016,
  11. Margaryan M., Elamiryan R., Problems of globalization in the trajectory of development of the projects “Greater Middle East” and “Eurasian Union”. Moscow, Age of Globalization, №4, (20)/2016, 68–77.
  12. Elamiryan R., Network society as the key factor for effective functioning of the Eurasian Union, ACM international conference proceedings series, ACM Press, 2016, 83–92.
  13. Elamiryan R., Eastern Partnership countries on the cross-roads of the Eurasian integration processes, 2017,
  14. Elamiryan R., Eastern Partnership countries on the cross-roads of the Eurasian geopolitics: V4 experience in cooperation culture, Foreign Policy Review 2017, volume 10, 73–92.
  15. Elamiryan R., Strategic elite as the key actor to provide Information sovereignty of the Republic of Armenia/ International Scientific Forum Proceedings: The Problems of National Security in Terms of Globalization and Integration Processes (Interdisciplinary Aspects). RAU Publishing House, Yerevan, 2017, 218 –31.
  16. Elamiryan R., Margaryan M., Cyber security in the context of Armenia-NATO cooperation, Journal of Information Warfare, Volume 17, Issue 1, Winter 2018, 99–111.
  17. Elamiryan R., Bolgov R., Cybersecurity in NATO and CSTO: comparative analysis of Legal and Political Frameworks, Proceedings of 17th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, 146–55.


Makio Yamada

Yamada’s research focuses on economic diversification in Saudi Arabia and Gulf-Asia relations. He will join the Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia in January 2018, where he plans to conduct a research on the experience of East Asian economies in industrialization, human capital development, and labor market policy, and what lessons that experience can possibly provide to the current reform initiatives in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Yamada obtained his D.Phil. in International Relations and M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St Antony’s College, the University of Oxford, and Bachelor of Laws (Political Science) at the University of Tokyo. He has taught and conducted research at the SOAS University of London, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

His works include: “Saudi Arabia’s Look-East Diplomacy: Ten Years On” (Middle East Policy, 2015); “Gulf-Asia Relations as ‘Post-Rentier’ Diversification?: The Case of the Petrochemical Industry in Saudi Arabia” (Journal of Arabian Studies, 2011); “Saudi Manufacturing: Can Monozukuri Take Root in the Kingdom?” (Kropf and Ramady ed. Employment and Career Motivation in the Arab Gulf States: The Rentier Mentality Revisited, 2015); and “Battle against the Thawb Syndrome: Labor Nationalization, Industrial Diversification, and Education Reform in Saudi Arabia” (Gulf Affairs, 2015).