The Russia Program
The Russia Program at GW is a university-based, data-driven analytical center that combines knowledge, technologies, and networks into a research ecosystem.
We condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine and call for the restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty

Our trending research

The Russia Studies Ecosystem
An ecosystem is a dynamic self-sustaining structure that thrives as long as its elements are interacting

Three key research topics
  • What are Russians’ values, beliefs, and thinking?

Wartime Russia
The war invites us to favor more granular and grassroots approaches for a thicker conceptual knowledge of Russia and its society.

Multifaceted Russia
A forward-looking research project that studies Russia by giving more prominence to diversity.

  • How is the regime evolving in its internal balance and external outreach?

Russia's Political Culture
An in-depth research project that scrutinizes Russia’s political culture and ideological outputs, and maps its actors, institutions, and societal relevance
Russia and the Global South
A research project that explores how Russia reinvents itself as a Global South power and how the Global South positions itself on the war
  • How to envision Russia’s future?

Envisioning the Future
This project aims at mobilizing humanities and social science knowledge to explore new horizons and generate new visions of the future
Russia’s Arctic Future
A multidisciplinary research project that explores how Russia’s Arctic regions are changing and how local populations are dealing with sustainability issues

New Methods and Knowledge Commons
The Russia Program renews research methods, data collection, approaches to fieldwork, and information accessibility
The Digital Methods School
A program for investigative research that seeks to go beyond conventional methods and mine unique data, taking the field of digital humanities to a new level.
A Bridge to Fieldwork
A project that bridges scholars and research assistants and help to organize remote
fieldwork in their respective localities in post-socialist countries.
The Soviet Babylon Archives

A pioneering digital archive project that makes available and searchable declassified government files to create new virtual libraries without borders
Applied Oral History

Applied oral history aims at comprehending the present through retrospective analysis of political actors' motivations and behavior and provide insights for future policy-making.

Network and Outreach
The Russia Program's Global Academy
An innovative one-stop shop that offers short-term fellowships, along with conference and publishing support for Russian scholars in exile
A leading analytical platform for academics, experts, and journalists to discuss today’s Russia

A non-profit association of scholars and experts working on issues related to Russian civil society, Russian immigrant communities, and academic freedom
An open-access, peer-reviewed journal publishing social research in Russian and English about Russia’s and Eurasia’s societies and their transformations

Russian Analytical Digest
RAD analyzes recent events, trends and developments within contemporary Russian politics, economics and business, foreign policy, security and society

How to use our Russia Program?
You can engage with each element of our research ecosystem and use it to advance your research, teach classes, publish your work, become a part of network, or apply for funding
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