The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, consists of content-based programs for graduate students with advanced Russian language proficiency.

The Initiative offers funding and professional support to emerging scholars and specialists in addition to outstanding educational content.

Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia

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It is our pleasure to announce the upcoming Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia 2023. It will be held in Armenia and Georgia, running from July 2 to July 18. Armenia and Georgia are two very different countries, differently positioned geopolitically, though with shared history in the Soviet Union and Russian Empire. 

Application for the Monterey Summer Symposium 2023 is closed.  

Learn more about the Summer Symposium

Ambassadorial Series

The Ambassadorial Series

New exclusive interview with former US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan. In the latest segment of our Ambassadorial Series, Jill Dougherty talks with John Sullivan about the tense relations between the US and Russia that culminated in the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. The interview is released as a video, podcast, and transcript.



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Wither Arms Control? - A Conversation with Rose Gottemoeller

Monday, April 17, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT (8:00 AM PT)

Join the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies and Russia Matters for the next Monterey Conversation with one of the world’s leading arms control experts, Rose Gottemoeller, who has served as Deputy Secretary General of NATO and as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State. In conversation with Hanna Notte, Rose Gottemoeller will reflect on her experience in negotiating arms control agreements between Russia and the United States, discuss the current impasse over the New START Treaty and other arms control instruments, and offer her thoughts on how arms control may be handled in the future.  




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