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 GW'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, creates new knowledge commons, focuses on key research questions, and reengages with Russians—all on a platform designed to spread knowledge to a broader audience.
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IERES is part of The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.
IERES has continued to be ranked the #1 University-Affiliated Regional Studies Center in the U.S. (#5 in the world) in the University of Pennsylvania 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. It is organized around seven programs, which helps to further consolidated the Institute’s
primary mission to serve as a field-defining leader in scholarship, education, and advice for policymakers addressing relations between the United States, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia.
The Institute’s hallmarks are combining academic rigor with policy engagement, promoting interdisciplinary perspectives, and recognizing that Europe, Russia, and Eurasia cannot be understood in isolation from each other or from larger global trends. IERES unites a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of scholars and scholar-practitioners, both faculty and visitors.
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How is the regime evolving in its internal balance and external outreach?
How to envision Russia’s future?