The Program on U.S.-Russia Relations

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill at the Russian Embassy in Tehran (photo courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)
Averell Harriman Visiting the Palace of Pioneers in Sverdlovsk, 1959 (photo courtesy of the Truman Library)
U.S. Purchase of Russian territory including Alaska, 1867 (photo courtesy of the U.S. Gen Web Project)
President Bill Clinton & Russian President Boris Yeltsin at the FDR Library (photo courtesy of the White House Photographic Office)
Atlantis meets Mir (photo courtesy of NASA)
President George W. Bush and President Vladimir Putin, July 2, 2007 (White House photo by Eric Draper)
World leaders participate in the opening plenary session at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5, 2013 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Russian President Putin Greets Secretary Kerry Before Bilateral Meeting in Sochi (photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of State)

The Harriman Institute was originally founded in 1946 as the Russia Institute. Building on the rich traditions and extraordinary resources of the Institute, and relying on the cutting-edge research and teaching of today’s faculty and scholars, the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations was established in 2015 to promote and reinvigorate study of the international relationship that drove the Institute’s founding nearly 70 years ago.

Through courses, scholarly and policy conferences, and visiting speaker series, the Program probes the history of U.S.-Soviet and U.S.-Russian relations and the range of current challenges and opportunities facing the two countries today. Its ultimate goal is to provoke both scholarly and policy reconsiderations of the possibilities and limits of U.S.-Russia relations going forward.