We combine knowledge, technologies, and networks to research and educate on Russia, and enhance impact in dealing with it.
Renewing the field of Russia studies
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put an end to the conventional ways of studying and understanding Russia. The war has destroyed horizontal connections, dismantled research cooperation, made fieldwork almost impossible, and called into question previously-acceptable methods and sources of information

Hosted at the George Washington's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), The Russia Program is responding to the challenges of studying Russia after February 24 with the creation of a novel research ecosystem that renews our methodological toolkit with digital solutions, creates new knowledge commons, and focuses on key research questions—all on a platform designed to spread knowledge to a broader audience.

We focus on three major questions
  • -1-
    What do Russians think?

    We are advancing methodologies for studying semi-closed societies and conduct sociological and data research on opinions in Russia.
  • -2-
    What does Russia want?

    We examine how the Russian state changes as a system and implication of those change both on domestic and international arenas.
  • -3-
    How does Russia engage with the Global South?
    We explore how Russia reinvents itself as a Global South power and how the Global South positions itself on the war
Our Centers
  • The George Washington University
    Washington, DC
  • Paris 8 University
    CORUSCANT, European branch of the Russia Program