Students in a classroom

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) brings together graduate students and professionals for a summer of study at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. MSSR fellows are selected from the finest Russian Studies programs in the world; diplomats and young specialists in the field of Eurasian studies who can demonstrate commitment to the field are also encouraged to apply. Leading experts from the United States, Russia, China and Europe provide instruction with the goal of improving understanding of Russia, honing analytical skills and networking.  

The Symposium offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes international relations, diplomacy, nuclear nonproliferation, economics, cyber-warfare, Russian literature and the arts.  Among this year’s MSSR offerings are modules on international arms control negotiations, the role of science in national security policy and the formulation of U.S. policy toward Russia.  

The seven-week course of study gives fellows the opportunity to examine key issues in U.S.-Russia relations from the perspective of internationally renowned diplomats, journalists, academics, and scientists from all over the world. Modules taught by Russian experts are conducted in the Russian language. The MSSR design encourages fellows to analyze how history shapes international behavior and strategic interests. Together, fellows and experts explore alternative strategies for conducting a more pragmatic and constructive Russia-related discourse.  

The 2020 MSSR marked the fourth year of the program. One of the Symposium’s most rewarding outcomes is the creation of a personal and professional network among fellows and experts. The value of these ongoing relationships is difficult to overstate. 

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. 


2017 Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia