The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies (MIR) enables students with advanced Russian language skills to professionalize their interest in Russia and Eurasia.

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A few of the experts who presented during MSSR 2021. Top (L-R): Elena Kostyuchenko, Dominic Lieven. Bottom (L-R): Hanna Notte, Dmitri Trenin, Elena Chernenko

Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia

This year, the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) will be redesigned to address questions raised by the war in Ukraine: What did previous analysis overlook? How do we place the conflict in historical context? What constitutes power? And how do we rebuild from this nadir? Learn more about MSSR 2022.

Prisoners of History? Memory, Myth-Making, and Russia’s War on Ukraine

On April 15, Ivan Krastev, Jade McGlynn and Michael Kimmage discussed the role of historical myths in justifying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Click here for more details.