The Harriman Institute administers the Master of Arts in Regional Studies – Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (MARS-REERS) through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for those wishing to focus on a multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe (the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and the Balkans).

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Mariya Chukhnova (MARS-REERS ’20) Awarded Davis Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that our BA/MA candidate Mariya Chukhnova (MARS-REERS ’20) received a Davis Fellowship from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Tinatin Japaridze (MARS ’19) Writes About the Impending Internet Crackdown in Russia

Tinatin Japaridze (MARS-REERS ’19) writes that new legislation, asserting more control over the Russian internet, will soon go into effect.

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Director Alexander Cooley and Alumnus Nate Schenkkan testify at U.S. Helsinki Commission

The U.S. Helsinki Commission convened an expert panel to highlight how autocrats today use INTERPOL and other means such as surveillance, abduction, and assassination to punish dissent overseas.

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Daniel Petrick (MARS ’20): “On Belgrade-Kosovo Bus, Ethnic Tensions Take a Backseat”

MARS student Daniel Petrick interviewed riders on the Belgrade-Dagrash bus from late May to mid-July. The resulting article can be found at

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Apply Now!

Applications for 2020-2021 are now accessible for our MA program in Regional Studies: Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe.

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2019 Columbia-Harvard Thesis Colloquium

On April 26, 2019 MA students from Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies joined Harriman MA students at Columbia for the third annual Columbia-Harvard Thesis Colloquium.

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