CISSM receives new funding to research U.S.-Russian relations

March 30, 2015

The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded a new $500,000 grant to CISSM in support of its research and educational programming to assess and fundamentally improve U.S.-Russian relations.

The over-arching objective of CISSM’s work under this new grant is to assess why the U.S.-Russian relationship has not changed as fundamentally as hoped since the end of the Cold War and to recommend strategies to improve future prospects for more ambitious forms of U.S.-Russian cooperation. This support will also allow CISSM to identify practical cooperative steps that can be taken regarding current relations between the two countries in an effort to reduce existing nuclear risks, re-establish bi-lateral relations, and prevent global proliferation.

“While there have been sustained periods since the end of the Cold War when U.S. and Russia have worked to achieve tangible benefits to global security, a more fundamental transformation of the relationship—from one predicated on competition and suspicion to one based on cooperation and shared interests—is necessary to realize the greatest hopes for the relationship,” says Nancy Gallagher, CISSM’s associate director for research.

The 2-year award will also enable CISSM to continue its successful partnership with the Moscow-based Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies’s School of World Politics. Through the educational exchange’s 12-year history, nearly 100 Russian graduate students have spent at least a week in Washington, D.C., participating in joint-policy exercises with University of Maryland School of Public Policy students, discussing current policy challenges with School of Public Policy faculty and D.C.-based experts, and building lasting relationships with their American student counterparts. The program also supports one Russian graduate student a year to be a visiting scholar at the School of Public Policy for an academic semester.

The Carnegie Corporation has long supported CISSM’s Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security program, under which these exchanges are run.