The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is a founding partner of the Russia Matters project and the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues and science and technology policy. Russia and U.S.-Russia relations make up an important element of the Center’s activities, from broader initiatives like the International Security Program (ISP) to more specialized ones like the U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism (IPNT). Center projects that regularly touch on Russia also include Managing the Atom, the Future of Diplomacy, the Geopolitics of Energy and Defense and Intelligence. More details can be found here.
This project is made possible with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie as a grant-making foundation with the mission to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, the Corporation makes grants to strengthen international peace and security, education and democracy. As part of its work, the Corporation funds numerous projects on U.S. understanding of Russia and U.S.-Russia relations. The Corporation’s Russia work dates back to 1946, with support for promoting the study of the Soviet Union and Russia at American universities.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Russia and Eurasia Program
Since 1910, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has worked to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business and civil society. The Russia and Eurasia Program taps the expertise of a trans-Atlantic network of scholars and researchers focusing on the states that have emerged from the former Soviet Union and their relations with the rest of the world. The program is directed by Eugene Rumer and produces analysis on a broad range of topics, from military and foreign policy to nationalism, justice systems and the power of computer technologies.
Carnegie Moscow Center
For over 20 years, the Carnegie Moscow Center was a leading source of analysis on Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. The center was part of a global network of policy research hubs linked to the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and published work in Russian and English covering a broad array of issues, including Russian domestic politics, societal trends, economics, foreign policy and nuclear nonproliferation. The center’s scholars came from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, united by their commitment to in-depth, evidence-based, nonpartisan research on policy challenges, combining local and regional expertise with a global perspective.
The Center for the National Interest seeks to stimulate debate, promote public understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and define principled yet pragmatic policies to advance America’s national interests in the complex world of the 21st century. The center’s work spans a broad range of critical relationships and foreign policy challenges. Dimitri Simes is president and CEO of the center and also the publisher of its prominent foreign policy magazine, The National Interest.
The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES), founded in 1965 and housed within Pitt’s University Center for International Studies, is one of 10 U.S. Department of Education-funded Title VI national resource centers for its world area in the United States. REEES-affiliated faculty at Pitt are drawn from the humanities, social sciences and professional schools. Supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York and REEES, Sean’s Russia Blog and Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Sean Guillory and is well-known in the field, focusing on Eurasian history, politics and culture. The SRB Podcast’s mission is twofold: 1) to provide a platform for many interesting experts on Russia and Eurasia to discuss their work and contribute to the larger public discussion on the region; and 2) to give the public access to a growing body of expertise that is crucially important for painting a picture of Eurasia in all its complexity.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Russia and Eurasia Program
Established in Washington, D.C., over 50 years ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision-makers chart a course toward a better world. CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program anchors the many programs and scholars at CSIS whose work touches upon this critical region.
Center on Global Interests
The Center on Global Interests (CGI) was a nonprofit, nonpartisan foreign-policy research institution promoting the study of modern-day Russia and Eurasia. CGI provided timely analysis and strategic policy recommendations and organized public events aimed at engaging decision-makers and the broader public on topics of global concern. Founded in 2012, it was the first independent think tank established in Washington after the end of the Cold War to focus exclusively on Russia and the former Soviet space. CGI indefinitely paused its activities in 2018.
The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is the intellectual home of Harvard scholars and students with an interest in this critical region of the world. The center’s mission is to generate and disseminate original research and scholarship on Russian and Eurasian studies, to promote the training of graduate and undergraduate students interested in the region, to create and sustain a community of scholars at all levels of academic achievement and to ensure that society at large benefits from the exchange of information and ideas at the Davis Center. The center is directed by Eve Blau and its executive director is Alexandra Vacroux.
The European Leadership Network (ELN) works to advance the idea of a cooperative and cohesive Europe and to develop collaborative European capacity to address pressing challenges in foreign, defense and security policy. The ELN conceives of Europe in its widest sense, to include not only the EU but Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the rest of the continent. It takes pride in its high-level political reach and in its ability to network the political, diplomatic and security elites of countries across this diverse region and parts of Central Asia. One ELN-managed project of particular relevance for Russia is the Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, a select group of senior statesmen and women who bring forward proposals to allow all countries of the region to break with the costly legacy of the Cold War and focus more effectively on meeting the emerging political, economic and security challenges of the 21st century.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), based in Philadelphia, brings scholastic insight to the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States today. It seeks to educate the public, train teachers and offer ideas for advancing U.S. national interests based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lenses of history, geography and culture.
The New York City-based Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia was established in 2011 thanks to a generous gift from the family of New York University alumni Boris and Elizabeth Jordan. The mission of the center is to make Russia intrinsic to all aspects of scholarly investigation: from history to visual culture, literature to economics, anthropology to politics.
Founded in 1974 as a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine and other states in the region and to making that expertise available to policymakers, media and the broader public. The Kennan Institute offers residential scholarships and an active public lecture and workshop series. Kennan also produces a variety of publications, including the Kennan Cable, which features research and analysis presenting new ideas and perspectives on the region, and The Russia File, which offers insights on current events in Russia, U.S.-Russian relations and other critical issues of the day.
The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies (MIR) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies is a multidisciplinary program for graduate students with advanced Russian language proficiency. Created for rising experts in Russian and Eurasian studies, MIR connects participants directly with scholars, diplomats, journalists from the United States and Russia. MIR’s signature initiatives are the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR), the Ambassadorial Series, the Bridge: Connecting Past and Present through Archival Research on Russia, and the Visiting Experts program.
PONARS Eurasia is a network of over 100 academics, mainly from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, advancing new approaches to research on security, politics, economics and society in Russia and Eurasia. Its core missions are to connect scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia and to foster a transnational community, especially of mid-career and rising scholars, committed to developing policy-relevant and collaborative research. Now based at George Washington University, the group disseminates its members’ work via policy memos, commentary and working papers.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Its research spans the issues that matter most in addressing global challenges, such as energy, education, health, justice, the environment and international and military affairs. As a nonpartisan organization, RAND holds quality and objectivity as its two core values. RAND's research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations and private-sector firms.
Russia.Post is a humanities corridor to and from Russia. It aims at becoming a new digital hub where Russian humanities and civil society-related issues can be debated in a pluralistic atmosphere. It gives the floor to Russian voices, in dialogue with international experts, to discuss the future of Russia and of its place in the world. Russia.Post also envisions itself as a platform for educating a broader audience on Russian society in all its complexity and diversity, in the belief that cultural exchanges and mutual understanding remain all the more important.
The University Consortium is an inter-regional training program for outstanding students from the U.S., EU and Russia. Forming a network of students (known as UC Fellows), academics and officials, the UC promotes critical thought, constructive dialogue and mutual trust among our three regions. It was formed in 2015 by a consortium of leading universities in our three regions—the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), the National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow (HSE), St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, Sciences Po, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University—as a response to deteriorating relations between Russia and the U.S. and Europe. Today, the UC (thanks to the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York) represents a rare and increasingly important inter-regional network, aimed at stimulating dialogue among groups of students, faculty and policy elites.