“I really hope the political will of Western leaders will prevail, and they’ll take the Russian security concerns seriously.” –Professor Anna Vassilieva
Professor Anna Vassilieva, head of the Middlebury Institute’s Russian Studies Program and founding director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies, recently provided commentary to the Boston Herald about the Russia-Ukraine crisis. According to Vassilieva, the United States, European countries, and Russia must meet as soon as possible to discuss the situation. “There are lives of people at stake,” says Vassilieva in an article detailing the escalating tensions among the parties.
The Ambassadorial Series, a groundbreaking docuseries produced by the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute, launches “The Ambassadorial Series: Deans of U.S.-Russia Diplomacy.”
The immersive seven-week symposium offered 15 enrolled fellows the chance to hear from and interact with an extraordinary panel of experts on Russian identity and U.S.-Russia relations, from former New START treaty negotiators to the current Russian ambassador to the U.S.
As U.S.-Russia rhetoric intensifies, new video series brings together eight former ambassadors to reflect on decades of complex relations. The collection, released by the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies, is the first known set of interviews of all but one of the living U.S. ambassadors to the Soviet Union/Russian Federation.