The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey transitioned to remote instruction until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute continues to closely monitor the situation and make informed decisions to curtail the spread of COVID-19 within the community and beyond. 

In accordance with MIIS policy, the decision was made to conduct the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) 2020 in an online format. There are personal, logistical, and technological challenges to implementation of this decision that was made in unprecedented circumstances. Our goal is to ensure the continuity of the Monterey Symposium’s mission. We will offer MSSR fellows a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum and opportunities to work with top Russia experts. 

In order to provide MSSR fellows with the best possible experience through the transition to a remote format, The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies has shortened the length of the symposium from seven weeks (June 22 – August 6, 2020) to five weeks (June 22 – July 24, 2020). We will be posting updates in the coming weeks.

Keynote Speakers
Rose Gottemoeller, Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO
Dr. Thomas Graham, Kissinger Associates

US-Russian Relations: Past, Present, Future
Ambassador John Beyrle, US Russia Foundation
Dr. George Breslauer, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center

Russian Domestic Politics
Alexander Baunov, Carnegie Moscow Center

Russia between Politics and Ideas
Dr. Michael Kimmage, The Catholic University of America
Jon Finer, The Council on Foreign Relations
Keith Gessen, Columbia U
Ambassador John F. Tefft

Nuclear Nonproliferation in US-Russian Relations
Dr. William Potter and Sarah Bidgood, The Center for Nonproliferation Studies, MIIS

Cybersecurity in Russia
Dr. Elena Chernenko, Kommersant

The Kremlin’s War on the Internet
Irina Borogan and Andrei Soldatov, Agentura.ru

Russia in Global Politics
Alexander Gabuev, Carnegie Moscow Center
Dr. Hanna Notte, The Shaikh Group

The Role of Science and Scientists in Soviet and Russian National Security Policy
Academician Roald Sagdeev, Former Director of the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Stanford University
Dr. David Holloway, Stanford University

Recent Social Transformations in Russia: Russian Society and Elites
Dr. Lev Gudkov, The Levada Center
Dr. Kirill Rogov and Dr. Nikolay Petrov, NRU Higher School of Economics

Harvard Negotiation Boot Camp
Dr. Arvid Bell and Taylor Valley, Harvard University

History of Russian Foreign Policy
Professor Andrei Tsygankov, San Francisco State U

Russian Economic Reforms: An Insider’s Analysis
Mr. Bruce Gardner, Development Group 19, Moscow

Archival Research on the Soviet Union and Russia
Thomas Blanton and Dr. Svetlana Savranskaya, The National Security Archives

Digital Humanities
Dr. Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaya, NRU Higher School of Economics

Simulation: Time for a New Helsinki? / The Art of the TV Interview
Matthew Rojansky, The Kennan Institute

Russia through the Lens of Contemporary Cinema
Axinya Gog, Filmmaker
Zhan Prosyanov, Kino-teatr.ru

Podcasting and the Audio Interview
Dr. Sean Guillory, U of Pittsburgh / SRB Podcast

Other Planned Speakers
Deana Arsenian, Vice President, CCNY
Jerry Brown, Former Governor of California
Michael and Dulce Murphy, Esalen Institute

If you are interested in participating as a fellow in the upcoming symposium, please see the “How to Apply” section of our website under “Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia.”

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