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

MSSR 2023

It is our pleasure to announce the upcoming Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia 2024. It will be held in Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey, from July 2 to July 20, 2024. These countries are experiencing radical, and quite different geopolitical challenges, with one constant variable in place - their shared history with the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation. Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey stand at a crossroads of international affairs as a petri dish of competition and conflict between Iran, the United States, China, and Russia.

Applications for the Monterey Symposium 2024 are closed. 

Learn more about the Monterey Symposium



Monterey Conversations Series

MIRS has released a new series of the Monterey Conversations: “U.S.-Russian Relations - A Conversation with Ambassador John Sullivan,” “Whither Arms Control? A Conversation with Rose Gottemoeller,” “Soviet History Revisited,” “Covering Russia - On the Ground and from Abroad,” and “Russia’s Post-Soviet Space Program.” Watch the recordings of these series here or listen to the audios.


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