From the Director

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

We are proud of your accomplishments and impressed with how well you have been able to adapt and thrive during this difficult period. We look forward to having an in-person toast to celebrate your accomplishments on the other side of the pandemic. For now, we will continue to support you virtually and look forward to learning about your endeavors! This may be the end of your time as a student at the Institute, but it’s only the beginning of what I hope will be your lifelong relationship with the global network of Harriman Institute alumni and friends.

During these trying times, maintaining our sense of community is more important than ever. Even though we cannot gather in physical spaces, we will continue our efforts to improve our digital platforms and explore new ways of staying connected.

You can watch some of the virtual events we hosted this semester on our Facebook Live feed and YouTube channel. A few video highlights: together with New York University’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia we co-hosted a Zoom webinar about the impact of Covid-19 on Russian society; my co-author Daniel Nexon and I discussed our new book, Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order, with Emma Ashford; and we held a Facebook Live discussion with Laszlo Bruszt about EU Sovereigntists. In addition, we are grateful to Mark Lipovetsky and Daria Ezerova for the many virtual film screenings they have hosted since the start of the pandemic!

We are fortunate to have an extensive collection of electronic resources for research on Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies through Columbia Libraries. Our librarian, Robert H. Davis, has compiled a document explaining how to access them.

Please keep visiting our website for the most up-to-date event information. Also, consult Columbia University's Preparedness Alerts and Announcements for more details on university policy and response to COVID-19. And follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter for updates about our news and events. 

Thank you for being part of the Harriman community, we look forward to staying connected.

Alexander Cooley
Director, Harriman Institute