Call for Applications: Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia

REMINDER: TWO WEEKS till deadline. March 1, 2021

The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey welcomes applications for the fifth Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia which will be held online from June 28 through August 4.

We welcome applications from your best graduate students as well as emerging experts with commitment to the field of Eurasian Studies. Advanced Russian language skills are required. English and Russian are the working languages of the MSSR. The Symposium is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The application deadline is March 1, 2021.

The MSSR 2021 curriculum will include teaching modules on bilateral U.S.-Russian relations, Russian foreign policy, history of empires, sociology, culture and politics, arms control and international security, the mass media and cyber security. It will also feature two Harvard Negotiation Bootcamps on regional issues and arms control, as well as a workshop on writing diplomatic memoranda and making online/TV presentations in both English and Russian. The curriculum will be taught by leading scholars, practitioners and journalists from the United States, Europe and Russia, among them:

Alexey Arbatov | Arvid Bell | John Beyrle | Sarah Bidgood | Tom Blanton | Irina Borogan | Elena Chernenko | Jill Dougherty | Alexander Gabuev | Rose Gottemoeller | Thomas Graham | Lev Gudkov | Michael Kimmage | Stephen Kotkin | Anatol Lieven | Dominic Lieven | Fyodor Lukyanov | Hanna Notte | William Potter | Vladimir Pozner | Matt Rojansky | Svetlana Savranskaya | Yuri Slezkine | Andrei Soldatov | John J. Sullivan | Dmitry Trenin | Andrei Tsygankov | Lyudmila Ulitskaya | Joshua Yaffa | Andrei Zorin

Please see more information about applying and the previous Monterey Summer Symposia at:

If you or your students have any questions about Monterey Summer Symposium 2021, please contact Prof. Anna Vassilieva at or Jarlath McGuckin at

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