Slavic and Eurasian Studies

New Course - Contemporary U.S.-Russia Relations: Issues, Challenges and Prospects

Mon, August 7, 2006

Course Description:
Few bilateral relationships in the modern era can claim the profile, sensitivity, complexity, scope and history of the U.S.-Russia relationship. Russia - a major nuclear and space power, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and an active geopolitical player in key global arenas such as East Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East - commands the personal attention of the U.S. president on virtually a daily basis; indeed, President Bush has met his Russian counterpart a staggering fifteen times in just over five years. Taught by a career U.S. diplomat with four years of recent experience in Moscow, this course will review the major issues in contemporary U.S.-Russia relations, from arms control and counter-terrorism cooperation; to key regional issues such as Iraq and North Korea; to human rights, economic and trade ties, and energy cooperation/competition. It will also explore the "softer" factors that contribute to both the substance and overall tone of the relationship, including the media, public opinion, and cultural and educational exchanges. Drawing on some of the most up-to-date scholarly and policy resources on the U.S.-Russia relationship currently available (including authoritative guest speakers, as circumstances permit), the course will afford students real-world insights into this critical bilateral relationship and provide students with opportunities to sharpen their policy-oriented writing and briefing skills. The course will be of particular interest to those interested in pursuing careers in government (e.g., Foreign Service, intelligence, defense), international business, or international journalism.

This course will be taught using teleconferencing technology with the instructor located in Washington, DC.
For more information or to register for this course, please call Amy McMillan at The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at 471-7782 or e-mail at:

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