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 will host the first UC module from November 6-13.
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.