Program on U.S.-Russia Relations
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 the 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.
Adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Alexander A. Cooley
Claire Tow Professor of Political Science & Vice Provost for Research, Libraries and Academic Centers, Barnard College
Timothy M. Frye
Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
Senior Lecturer in Political Science; Director of the MARS-REERS Program; Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations
Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy, Emeritus
Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations
Past PURR Events
Program on U.S.-Russia RelationsConversations with Diplomats
The Harriman Institute community of faculty and alumni includes many experts on U.S.-Russia relations. We are especially proud that several of those experts have served at the rank of Ambassador of the United States to the Soviet Union, Russia, and other post-Soviet states.
In this series of videos, former Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations, Kimberly Marten, sits down with some of Harriman Ambassadors to learn about their careers, their most memorable experiences while serving as Ambassador, and their predictions and recommendations for relations between the U.S. and Russia today.
Interviews with Dr. Jack Matlock, former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (February 18, 2016)
Interviews with Stephen Sestanovich, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy (October 13, 2015)
Sign Up for PURR
Many events of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations are recorded and later publically available on the Harriman Institute’s YouTube channel. Most events are by invitation only and take place in New York City. To be considered for the PURR invite list, please express interest in joining. Make sure to include a brief description of your work, study, or other interest in US-Russia relations.
We encourage submissions from students, faculty, alumni, and professionals who span a broad range of viewpoints, and who bring real added value to the discussions because of their deep interest and/or expertise in the region.