The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is a founding partner of the Russia Matters project and the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching and training in international security and diplomacy, environmental and resource issues and science and technology policy. Russia and U.S.-Russia relations make up an important element of the Center’s activities, from broader initiatives like the International Security Program (ISP) to more specialized ones like the U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism (IPNT). Center projects that regularly touch on Russia also include Managing the Atom, the Future of Diplomacy, the Geopolitics of Energy and Defense and Intelligence. More details can be found here.
This project is made possible with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie as a grant-making foundation with the mission to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding, the Corporation makes grants to strengthen international peace and security, education and democracy. As part of its work, the Corporation funds numerous projects on U.S. understanding of Russia and U.S.-Russia relations. The Corporation’s Russia work dates back to 1946, with support for promoting the study of the Soviet Union and Russia at American universities.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Russia and Eurasia Program
Since 1910, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has worked to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business and civil society. The Russia and Eurasia Program taps the expertise of a trans-Atlantic network of scholars and researchers focusing on the states that have emerged from the former Soviet Union and their relations with the rest of the world. The program is directed by Eugene Rumer and produces analysis on a broad range of topics, from military and foreign policy to nationalism, justice systems and the power of computer technologies.
For over 20 years, the Carnegie Moscow Center has been a leading source of analysis on Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union. Located in Moscow, the center is part of a global network of policy research hubs linked to the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Led by director Dmitri Trenin, the Carnegie Moscow Center publishes work in Russian and English, covering a broad array of issues, including Russian domestic politics, societal trends, economics, foreign policy and nuclear nonproliferation. The center’s scholars come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. They are united by their commitment to in-depth, evidence-based, nonpartisan research on policy challenges, combining local and regional expertise with a global perspective.
The Center for the National Interest seeks to stimulate debate, promote public understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and define principled yet pragmatic policies to advance America’s national interests in the complex world of the 21st century. The center’s work spans a broad range of critical relationships and foreign policy challenges. Dimitri Simes is president and CEO of the center and also the publisher of its prominent foreign policy magazine, The National Interest.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Russia and Eurasia Program
Established in Washington, D.C., over 50 years ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision-makers chart a course toward a better world. CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program anchors the many programs and scholars at CSIS whose work touches upon this critical region.
The Center on Global Interests (CGI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan foreign-policy research institution that promotes the rigorous study of modern-day Russia and Eurasia. CGI provides timely analysis, strategic policy recommendations and organizes public events aimed at engaging decision-makers and the broader public on topics of global concern. Founded in 2012, it is the first independent think tank established in Washington after the end of the Cold War to focus exclusively on Russia and the former Soviet space. As a new and dynamic organization, CGI aims to support independent thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic and propose innovative approaches to emerging policy challenges.
The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is the intellectual home of Harvard scholars and students with an interest in this critical region of the world. The center’s mission is to generate and disseminate original research and scholarship on Russian and Eurasian studies, to promote the training of graduate and undergraduate students interested in the region, to create and sustain a community of scholars at all levels of academic achievement and to ensure that society at large benefits from the exchange of information and ideas at the Davis Center. The center is directed by Rawi Abdelal and its executive director is Alexandra Vacroux.
EastWest Institute (EWI) is a global network of influential stakeholders committed to and engaged in building trust and preventing conflict around the world. EWI has a 30-plus-year track record of convening dialogue and back-channel diplomacy to develop sustainable solutions for today’s major political, economic and security issues—including hosting the first military-to-military dialogue between NATO and Warsaw Pact countries in the 1980s. Since its founding, EWI has strived to bridge the strategic divide between Russia and the United States.
The European Leadership Network (ELN) works to advance the idea of a cooperative and cohesive Europe and to develop collaborative European capacity to address pressing challenges in foreign, defense and security policy. The ELN conceives of Europe in its widest sense, to include not only the EU but Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the rest of the continent. It takes pride in its high-level political reach and in its ability to network the political, diplomatic and security elites of countries across this diverse region and parts of Central Asia. One ELN-managed project of particular relevance for Russia is the Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, a select group of senior statesmen and women who bring forward proposals to allow all countries of the region to break with the costly legacy of the Cold War and focus more effectively on meeting the emerging political, economic and security challenges of the 21st century.
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), based in Philadelphia, brings scholastic insight to the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States today. It seeks to educate the public, train teachers and offer ideas for advancing U.S. national interests based on a nonpartisan, geopolitical perspective that illuminates contemporary international affairs through the lenses of history, geography and culture.
The New York City-based Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia was established in 2011 thanks to a generous gift from the family of New York University alumni Boris and Elizabeth Jordan. The mission of the center is to make Russia intrinsic to all aspects of scholarly investigation: from history to visual culture, literature to economics, anthropology to politics.
Founded in 1974 as a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge about Russia, Ukraine and other states in the region and to making that expertise available to policymakers, media and the broader public. Headed by director Matthew Rojansky, the Kennan Institute offers residential scholarships and an active public lecture and workshop series. Kennan also produces a variety of publications, including the Kennan Cable, which features research and analysis presenting new ideas and perspectives on the region, and The Russia File, which offers insights on current events in Russia, U.S.-Russian relations and other critical issues of the day.
PONARS Eurasia is a network of over 100 academics, mainly from North America and post-Soviet Eurasia, advancing new approaches to research on security, politics, economics and society in Russia and Eurasia. Its core missions are to connect scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia and to foster a transnational community, especially of mid-career and rising scholars, committed to developing policy-relevant and collaborative research. Now based at George Washington University, the group disseminates its members’ work via policy memos, commentary and working papers.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Its research spans the issues that matter most in addressing global challenges, such as energy, education, health, justice, the environment and international and military affairs. As a nonpartisan organization, RAND holds quality and objectivity as its two core values. RAND's research is commissioned by a global clientele that includes government agencies, foundations and private-sector firms.
The University Consortium is an inter-regional training program for outstanding students from the U.S., EU and Russia. Forming a network of students (known as UC Fellows), academics and officials, the UC promotes critical thought, constructive dialogue and mutual trust among our three regions. It was formed in 2015 by a consortium of leading universities in our three regions—the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), the National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow (HSE), St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, Sciences Po, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University—as a response to deteriorating relations between Russia and the U.S. and Europe. Today, the UC (thanks to the generous support of Carnegie Corporation of New York) represents a rare and increasingly important inter-regional network, aimed at stimulating dialogue among groups of students, faculty and policy elites.