The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia

Symposium date: June 24 – August 9, 2019

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The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR), funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, is an annual seven-week long program for which twelve distinguished fellows from the top Master’s and PhD programs in the United States and Europe are selected. The main goals of the Monterey Symposium are to offer a unique, comprehensive curriculum on Russia and US-Russian relations and to nurture a new cohort of US and European experts on Russia.

MSSR experts conduct over 50 percent of lectures and classwork in Russian. MSSR equips its fellows with new tools, research methods and literature, deepening the discourse, promoting empathy as methodology, and enriching the spirit of pragmatic cooperation. Lectures and teaching modules address a wide-range of topics including Big Data, emerging military technologies, myths of Russian culture, Russian international behavior, Russian strategic interests, and understanding Russia through the arts. Together, Fellows and experts formulate innovative solutions and build a network to continue collaboration and research after the completion of the program.

Advanced Russian language skills are required.

2019 Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia Program Highlights

  • Dr. Thomas Graham and Ambassador John Tefft will be the keynote speakers of the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia 2019
  • Practicalities of diplomacy in US-Russian relations
    by Ambassador John Tefft of the Wilson Center, Michael Kimmage of Catholic University of America, and Jon Finer of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • History of Runet and the rise of Russia’s security state through the internet
    by Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov of
  • Harvard Negotiation Boot Camp and simulation of the crisis in Eastern Ukraine
    by Arvid Bell and Taylor Valley of the Davis Center at Harvard University.
  • History of Russian culture and literature
    by Professor Andrei Zorin of the University of Oxford and Arkady Ostrovsky of the Economist.
  • US-Russian relations
    by Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Feodor Voitolovsky of IMEMO, and Matthew Rojansky of the Kennan Institute.
  • Russian society, elites, and ethno-politics
    by Dr. Lev Gudkov of the Levada Center and Dr. Emil Pain and Professor Petrov of the Higher School of Economics.
  • History of lab-to-lab cooperation
    by Dr. Siegfried Hecker of Stanford University.
  • US-Russian nonproliferation cooperation
    by Dr. William Potter and Sarah Bidgood of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
  • Russia in Northeast Asia
    by Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Moscow Center, Ambassador Park of the Republic of Korea’s Foreign Ministry, Andrew Kuchins of Georgetown University, and Professor Hu Yong of Peking University.
  • Russia in the Middle East
    by Dr. Hanna Notte of The Shaikh Group and Vasily Kuznetsov of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Russian history and art
    by Dr. Andrei Tsygankov of San Francisco State University and Natalia Sevagina of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
  • Russian leading news, culture, and history portals
    by Yury Saprykin of Polka, Philip Dzyadko of Arzamas Academy, and Ilya Krasilshchik, formerly of Meduza.

Application deadline is March 1, 2019

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Candidates will be notified of their acceptance by March 15.

Past Monterey Summer Symposia

MSSR 2018 fellows with visiting experts Stephan De Spiegeleire and Adam Stulberg

MSSR 2018 fellows with visiting experts Stephan De Spiegeleire and Adam Stulberg

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