New grant to expand CISSM work on U.S.-Russia security

April 03, 2017

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.

This new award will enable CISSM to pursue three particular lines of research. The first will rethink fundamental questions about what is motivating Russian behavior in the Baltic region and how the United States and its allies can respond in ways that re-stabilize rather than de-stabilize the region. The second will explore ways to stimulate discussion among U.S., Russian, and European security experts about information-sharing principles meant to enhance cybersecurity—and ultimately lead to their application. The third will investigate the relationship between internal and external political instability in Europe and Russia.

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 14-year history, more than 110 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.