by Jarlath McGuckin

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This summer, the Middlebury Institute brought together 13 distinguished fellows with 46 leading experts in U.S.-Russia relations for the fourth annual Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR). These lectures are now available on the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies webpage.

Over sixty lectures that made up the MSSR curriculum this summer are now available for viewing. In addition, there are six podcasts produced by MSSR fellows on topics from the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission to the frozen conflict zones of the post-Soviet era.

The 2020 cohort of MSSR fellows included graduate students from the University of Oxford, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Sciences Po/MGIMO, and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a diplomat, a member of parliament and a parliamentary researcher. The fellows came from various countries around the world, including Armenia, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, the U.K. and the U.S. Students and instructors of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Defense Threat Reduction Agency program (DLIFLC-DTRA), Foreign Area Officers at NPS, and MSSR alumni also attended select lectures. Forty-six experts from ten countries provided online instruction during the six-week interdisciplinary program. The curriculum consisted of specialized training, workshops, and lectures, many of which were taught in Russian.

The Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia is made possible by the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Building Bridges Between Russia and the United States through Education and Training

by United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

The United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) features two Middlebury Institute students, Yury Medvedev MANPTS/MGIMO ‘20 and Vladislav Chernavskikh MANPTS/MGIMO ‘20 in the dual degree Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies with Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). They are both currently working as interns at UNODA, fulfilling degree requirements.