The Russia Program
The Russia Program at GW is a university-based 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

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.

Key research topics
The Russia Program focuses on key research topics to understand Russia today and to reengage with Russians on issues of global importance
  • 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
  • Decentering Russia
    A forward-looking research project that studies Russia from a regional and social diversity perspective, while also decentering it from classic Western-centric views
  • 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

  • Envisioning the Future
    This project aims at mobilizing humanities and social science knowledge to explore new horizons and generate new visions of the future

  • Russians at War
    This project aims to delve deep into Russian society to understand the sociological, psychological, and cultural mechanisms that generate support for the regime’s endeavors, as well as the niches from which resistance emerges
  • 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

The Russia Program rethinks the way we talk about Russia to a broader audience
  • Russia.Post
    A leading analytical platform for academics, experts, and journalists to discuss today’s Russia

  • Laboratorium
    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

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The Russia Program supports research conducted by Russian scholars in exile and Russian diaspora communities.
  • 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
  • CISRus
    A non-profit association of scholars and experts working on issues related to Russian civil society, Russian immigrant communities, and academic freedom
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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