From March 25, 2013 to April 1, 2013, the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) hosted a group of Russian students and faculty from Moscow’s Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies (ISKRAN). This was ISKRAN’s tenth annual visit to CISSM. The visit was part of the joint Collaborative Education and Security Project, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to develop and foster the next generation of Russian and U.S. leaders in security policy and foreign affairs.
During their visit, this year’s cadre of ISKRAN students received hands-on policy making experience, working with Maryland School of Public Policy (MSPP) students on joint-policy memoranda and participating in a table-top exercise facilitated by a U.S. Army War College expert. They also met with experts and policy makers from think tanks and institutions in Washington, D.C., and took part in seminars with MSPP faculty. In their discussions and activities, the students addressed a range of topics including economic policy, democratic governance, humanitarian intervention, cybersecurity, and climate change. They also engaged on issues that have traditionally constituted the bulk of bilateral U.S.-Russian relations, including nuclear weapons reductions, nonproliferation, and missile defense.
CISSM and ISKRAN launched the Collaborative Education and Security Project in 2004, with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Over the past ten years of this effort, nearly 80 students have participated in the project. For many ISKRAN students, all of whom focus their academic work on countries in North America, their visits to MSPP and Washington D.C. are their first opportunities to visit the chief country of their study.