THE UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM: A New Harriman Joint Initiative

Thanks to a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Harriman Institute has joined forces with five other universities to launch a unique academic venture entitled the "University Consortium” (UC), an inter-regional academic network that promotes training, research, engagement and policy outreach on Euro-Atlantic issues critical to addressing the crisis in Russia-West relations. The Harriman Institute hosted the first UC module on November 6-13, 2015.

The University Consortium draws from faculty, postdocs and students from the following universities in Russia, Europe and the United States:

  • The Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO);
  • The National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow (HSE);
  • St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford;
  • Freie Universität in Berlin;
  • The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University;
  • The Harriman Institute at Columbia University.
Together, our six universities aim to build a new, distinct Euro-Atlantic network of students and faculty who will gain greater mutual understanding through intensive engagement with each other across three geographic regions. Through our joint events, teaching and student and faculty exchanges, the University Consortium will shed constructive, new light on the competing narratives that divide Russia and the West, particularly on the sources (domestic and international, material and ideational) of those divisions. And, in the process, we seek to identify potential areas of common ground and to generate innovative and accessible policy-oriented ideas to enhance the prospect for renewed Euro-Atlantic cooperation that is indispensable for tackling the increasingly difficult global challenges of the 21st century.

The following list of selected affiliates seeks to convey the wide range of the Harriman Institute's institutional co-sponsors.

Association for Slavic, East European, and European Studies (ASEEES)

The Harriman Institute is an institutional member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and European Studies (ASEEES), a nonprofit, political, scholarly society, is the leading private organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about the former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe. ASEEES administers the Marshal Shulman Book Prize, funded by the Harriman Institute as a tribute to its former director.


Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

One of the oldest and most diverse academic associations of its kind, ASN is devoted to the promotion of knowledge and understanding of complex processes of societal transformation taking place in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Eurasia. The Harriman Institute hosts the ASN Annual Convention.


Central Eurasian Studies Society

Based in North America, CESS is an international organization for scholars concerned with the Central Eurasian region.  The Harriman Institute hosted the 2014 Annual CESS Conference; Alexander Cooley delivered the keynote address at the 2015 conference.

Columbia University Central and Eastern European Club (CUCEE)

Columbia University Central and Eastern European Club (CUCEE Club) unites students, professors, scholars and professionals with attachment to the region of Central and Eastern Europe.  

Council for European Studies (CES)

The mission of Columbia University's Council for European Studies (CES) is to produce, support, and recognize outstanding, multi-disciplinary research on Europe through a wide range of programs and initiatives. The Council is particularly commited to supporting research that can play a critical role in both understanding and applying the lessons of European history and integration to contemporary problems, including those in the areas of global security, prosperity, environmental stewardship, and democracy.

International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID)

Led by Andrei Yakovlev and Timothy Frye, former director of the Harriman Institute, the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Developmen (ICSID), housed at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, brings together Russian and foreign experts in economics and political science. The Harriman and HSE have both hosted conferences, as well as faculty and student exchanges. The major research project for 2014-16 is "Factors of Career Ttrajectories of Bureaucratic Elits, Informal Institutions, and Provision of Public Goods."


The Organization for the Advancement of Studies of Inner Eurasian Societies (OASIES) brought together the community of Columbia University graduate students and scholars from varied disciplines and area studies perspectives. OASIES sought to foster dialogue and partnership between the Harriman Institute and the East Asian, Middle Eastern, and South Asian institutes at Columbia. Read about the group 

Society of Historians of Eastern Europe, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

The Harriman Institute is an institutional member of SHERA, which was founded to bring together scholars specializing in the art and architecture of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. SHERA was one of the cosponsors of the conference "100 Years of Suprematism," held at the Harriman in December 2015. 

U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC)

Based in Washington, D.C., with an office in Moscow, the U.S.-Russia Business Council is the premier U.S.-based trade association representing the trade and investment interests of its U.S. and Russian member companies on bilateral commercial matters. The Harriman Institute is an institutional member. 

Weatherhead East Asian Institute

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, is an interdisciplinary center for research, publishing, and public programs on the countries, peoples, and cultures of East and Southeast Asia. The Harriman Institute and Weatherhead Institute co-sponsor the annual Borton Mosely Distinguished Lecture.