Thursday, October 18, 2018
Alexander Cooley (Director, Harriman Institute) and George Gavrilis, an independent consultant specializing in international relations, foreign policy, higher education and oral history, co-authored the PONARS Eurasia policy memo, "The Cold War, Post-Cold War, and the Academy: Policy Recommendations from an Oral History of Russian and Eurasian Studies," which draws on findings from the Harriman Institute's new oral history:
"An oral history project sponsored by the Harriman Institute of Columbia University gives us the opportunity to take stock of such assessments. Contrary to conventional wisdom about area studies in the post-Cold War era, the project shows how networks of Russian and Eurasian experts pioneered and shaped emerging fields such as the study of nationalism and human rights while others moved into new professional spheres, which were searching for ways to engage with the region’s new states—including the corporate and non-governmental organization sectors. This memo traces these developments through the stories of our narrators. It argues that area studies is alive and well, despite some missed opportunities in the 1990s, and it concludes with recommendations to build on this rich legacy with new partnerships and new ways of looking at the region."