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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Harriman Carnegie Research and Travel Grant Awardees

The Harriman Institute is pleased to announce the recipients of its latest round of research and travel grants. The research grants are designed to improve research and training of Ph.D. students whose dissertations include a focus on Russia. The travel grants provide funding for Ph.D. students researching politics or economics to attend the workshop “Topics in Political Economy of Development” from June 7-9, 2018 in Moscow at a conference hosted by the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) at the Higher School of Economics and the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES).The grants are funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Research grant recipients include:

  • Sasha de Vogel, University of Michigan, Department of Political Science
  • Nikhil Kalyanpur, Georgetown, Department of Government
  • Sasha Klyachkina, Northwestern, Department of Political Science
  • Natalia Lamberova, UCLA, Department of Political Science
  • Egor Lazarev, Columbia University, Department of Political Science
  • Alexey Makarin, Northwestern, Department of Economics

Travel grant recipients include:

  • Hannah Chapman, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Comparative Politics, Political Methodology
  • Sasha de Vogel, University of Michigan, Department of Political Science
  • Natalia Lamberova, UCLA, Department of Political Science
  • Egor Lazarev, Columbia University, Department of Political Science
  • Sean Norton, University of North Carolina, Department of Political Science
  • Maria Polugodina, Freie Universität, Department of Economics
  • Anton Sobolev, UCLA, Department of Political Science
  • Daniel Thomas, Columbia University, Department of Political Science
  • Amanda Zadorian, The New School for Social Research, Politics Department

Congratulations to all of our grantees!



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

William Persing (MARS-REERS '18) on Harriman's Inaugural Allworth Lecture in Eurasianet

William Persing (MARS-REERS '18) discusses aspects of the Harriman Institute's inaugural Edward A. Allworth Memorial Lecture, given by Luca Anceschi (University of Glasgow), in a piece titled, "Scholar Contemplates the Limits of Change in Uzbekistan," published by


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Expert Opinions Episode 5: The Trump Organization in the Caucasus

In this episode of our podcast on Eurasianet, Masha Udensiva-Brenner talks to New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson about his two investigations into Trump Organization deals in Baku, Azerbaijan and Batumi, Georgia.

This episode is the third in a three-part series that examines real estate and offshore financial activities connected with the post-Soviet region. In part one of the series Udensiva-Brenner spoke to Harriman Institute Director Alexander Cooley about why luxury real estate deals are so susceptible to money laundering operations; in part two, she spoke with Columbia University Journalism School Fellows, Manuela Andreoni and Inti Pacheco, about their investigation into the Trump Organization’s deal in Batumi, Georgia, which contributed to Davidson’s article, “Trump’s Business of Corruption,” published in the New Yorker in August 2017 (Davidson's article about Azerbaijan, "Trump's Worst Deal," was published in March 2017).


Adam Davidson writes "the Financial Page" column and contributes larger features and web stories to the New Yorker. Previously, he was the “On Money” columnist and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. He also co-founded and co-hosted National Public Radio’s “Planet Money,” after serving as the international business and economics correspondent for NPR.



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Andres Fernandez (MARS-REERS '18): "Scapegoating Becomes a Pre-Election Ritual in Russia"

Andres Fernandez (MARS-REERS '18) published an article in Eurasianet discussing the Kremlin's tendency to institute corruption crackdowns on a few high-profile political figures during presidential election campaigns. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Elise Giuliano on Yahoo! News

Why aren't Western sanctions stopping Putin? Elise Giuliano, Lecturer in Discipline, Political Science, weighs in on Yahoo! News.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Timothy Frye: "Putin's Landslide a Feat of Election Engineering, Genuine Popularity"

"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s commanding reelection victory — 76% of the vote with 67% turnout — has been described at once as a 'sham' in the Washington Post and as evidence of his 'overwhelming mandate' in the New York Times. The truth is more complicated," writes Timothy M. Frye, Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy, Chair of Columbia's Department of Political Science, on

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Maria Snegovaya: Why Did Russia Poison One of Its Former Spies in Britain?

Maria Snegovaya, a doctoral candidate in Columbia's department of political science, presents the various theries about why Russia may have poisoned one of its former spies in the UK. Read her analysis in the Washington Post's "Monkey Cage" blog.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kimberly Marten on KQED San Francisco

Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College; Director, Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, Harriman Institute, discusses Russian election interference, cyberattacks, and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the UK, and the latest round of U.S. sanctions in response to Russian aggressive actions, on KQED San Francisco. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Yuri Shevchuk Delivers Keynote Address at International Mother Language Day at UN

On March 1, 2018, Yuri Shevchuk (Lecturer in Ukrainian)  was the keynote speaker at the International Mother Language Day Event, which is traditionally held at United Nations New York headquarters. The event was organized by such NGOs as the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and others under the aegis of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine at the United Nations. Yuri Shevchuk's keynote address was entitled “Language and National Sovereignty in the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-20 and Today.“
From left to right: Yuri Shevchuk and Volodymyr Yelchenko, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine to the UN.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

William Persing (MARS-REERS '18): "Poll Highlights Paradox on Economic Attitudes in Russia"

William Persing (MARS-REERS '18) discusses a recent nationwide poll conducted by the Carnegie Moscow Center and the Levada Center that reveals Russians' paradoxical attitudes toward their country's social and economic future. Read the story on Eurasianet.