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The Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies (MIR) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, is a comprehensive, content-based program for graduate students with advanced Russian language proficiency. Created for emerging specialists in Russian and Eurasian studies, MIR offers participants a unique opportunity to engage directly with experts from the United States, Russia, and the post-Soviet states, including diplomats, journalists, writers, and academics.

The Initiative promotes experiential learning and provides opportunities to conduct research in the Russian Federation for students interested in careers in diplomacy, translation and interpretation, conflict resolution, and non-governmental organizations. MIR’s signature initiatives are the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR), the Ambassadorial Series, the Bridge, and the Visiting Experts program

MIR and MIIS Degree Programs

MIR offers course credits and learning opportunities for students enrolled in degree programs at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, including MA degrees in Nonproliferation And  Terrorism Studies (NPTS), International Environmental Policy (IEP), and international Education Management (IEM).

Students have the opportunity to earn a Dual Degree In Nonproliferation Studies comprised of an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from MIIS and an MA in International Affairs from MGIMO.

To find out more about MIIS degree programs and how the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies augments those programs, please complete an inquiry form and an enrollment advisor will contact you.