The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, comprises a range 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. 

Applications for the Monterey Summer Symposium 2023 are now open. The deadline for application is February 1, 2023. 

Learn more about the Summer Symposium

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Monterey Conversations

These explorations of topics related to Russia, to U.S.-Russian relations and to the post-Soviet world go in-depth into the key questions of our moment—from the war in Ukraine to political economy and to culture. Guests are policy-makers, area experts, scholars, and journalists from different countries and representing different points of view. Learn more about Monterey Conversations.

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