News Archive

Monday, June 18, 2018
Keith Gessen, George T. Delacorte Assistant Professor of Magazine Journalism, publishes essay on "Why I Taught My Son to Speak Russian" in the New Yorker.
Monday, June 11, 2018
What was it like to be a contestant on a Soviet TV game show during the 1980s? Alum Bruce Pannier recalls his participation on a Harriman Institute team of American contestants on the Russian game show, "Chto? Gde? Kogda?" (What? When? Where?) during the late 1980s for RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Harriman Director, Alexander Cooley, weighs in on the story of John Fotiadis, "an architect who worked on several projects for Donald Trump, and was involved with other prominent business figures in Eastern Europe." Read both articles at
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Harriman Director, Alexander Cooley, discusses the "trajectory, achievements, and enduring challenges" of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the days leading up to its 18th anniversary, and the fourth annual Qingdao Summit. Read his commentary in The Diplomat. You can also read Cooley's comments to Newsweek about the SCO.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Elise Giuliano, Lecturer in Political Science; Director of Graduate Studies, Harriman Institute,weighs in about President Putin's potential reasons for building an impractically large stadium in Kaliningrad.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Mark Mazower (Ira D. Wallach Professor of History; Director, Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination; Director, Heyman Center) was interviewed by Columbia News about his new book What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Kimberly Marten (Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, Barnard College) was interviewed by Suomen Kuvalehti, Finland's biggest news weekly, about Putin's fourth term, his patron/client group, and his eventual succession.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Alexander Karp (Professor of Mathematics Education, Teachers College) has organized a three-day workshop devoted to "Eastern European Mathematics Education in the Decades of Change," to be held on June 8-10.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
When Andres Fernandez (MARS-REERS ’18) first visited Hungary through an American Field Service exchange program during the 2010-11 academic year, he fell in love with the country. But he was also shocked by the blatant anti-Semitism, racism and nationalism that he observed from the people around him, including his host father. A few years later, he had a similar experience in Russia. Read more.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Read Meduza's coverage, and's analysis, of the Harriman Institute/NYU Jordan Center debate between Professors Stephen F. Cohen and Michael McFaul.