The Harriman Institute at Columbia University is one of the world's leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies. Our mission is to serve our community at the university and beyond by supporting research, instruction, and dialogue, sponsoring vibrant and multidisciplinary events that bring together our extraordinary resources of faculty, students, and alumni. We are committed to training the next generation of regional specialists to play leadership roles in setting the academic and scholarly agenda, making policy and challenging accepted truths about how we study our rapidly changing world.

May
20
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Alexander Cooley, professor of political science at Barnard College; deputy director of social science programming, Harriman Institute, delievered the keynote address at the conference, "Great Game(s) in Central Asia and Beyond: Exploring International and Regional Rivalry Using Cultural and Historical Lenses," at the Amercian University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan (May 15-16, 2015).
May
20
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Gene Sosin a friend and alumnus of the Russian Institute. Sosin, who was 93, died peacefully on May 6, 2015. He was a former director of broadcasting at Radio Liberty, where he worked for 33 years. He has been a part of the Columbia University community since he started studying here as an undergraduate in 1937.
May
18
Monday, May 18, 2015
Robert Legvold, Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, weighs in on the debate in Russia Direct.
May
15
Friday, May 15, 2015
Andrew Lohsen (SIPA ’15) became interested in corruption while living in St. Petersburg on a Flagship Language Fellowship (2007-8), where he frequently encountered low-level officials seeking bribes. While working on security and nuclear nonproliferation issues at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (2010-13), he became convinced that systemic corruption was a critical problem for Eurasian states. The desire to take more direct action against corruption prompted him to enroll in Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2013. Read more.
May
13
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Watch Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor of History, discuss "the implications of WWII and its political and historical usage in the modern day" at a half-day conference sponsored by the Center on Global Interests.
Oct
2
Friday, October 2, 2015
Time TBA
James Memorial Chapel at Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway at 121st St)
A memorial service will be held for Professor Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy on Friday, October 2, 2015 (time TBA) in the James Memorial Chapel at Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway at 121st St). The service will be followed by a reception at Barnard College. All are welcome to attend.