HSE Takes Part in Columbia’s University Consortium
On November 6, the first module of the University Consortium began at Columbia University (New York). The Consortium was formed this autumn by Columbia, Harvard, the Free University of Berlin, Oxford, the Higher School of Economics, and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Students and faculty from the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs represent HSE in the project.
The Consortium is meant to serve as an authoritative platform for the academic discussion of political, economic, and value-related problems in Russian-Western relations. The project also aims to shed light on the key reasons behind the new Russian-American confrontation that began in 2014, as well as on ways of overcoming the crisis and formulating a new positive agenda in the Russian-Western dialogue.
One of the Consortium’s key objectives is to get talented undergrad and graduate students from Russia, the U.S., Germany, Great Britain, and other countries involved in this discussion. The Consortium also strives to make students part of the process of forging new academic connections between the new generations of experts who are interested in studying problems of international relations in the Euro-Atlantic.
The Deputy Director of HSE’s Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS) and Senior Lecturer in the School of International Affairs, Dmitry Suslov, represented HSE at the Consortium’s pilot event.
As part of the event's programme, Dmitry Suslov presented a paper at an international conference hosted by Columbia’s Harriman Institute on problems with ‘cooling off’ Russian-Western relations and lessons for current Russian-American relations. On November 9-12, Dmitry gave three lectures for students and faculty of the Harriman Institute on the origins of the new Russian-American confrontation, the Russian view of relations with the West after the Cold War, and the logic and philosophy of Russia’s foreign policy as a whole. On November 11, Suslov teamed with Harriman Institute Director Alexander Cooley to conduct the Consortium’s first webinar, which saw the participation of undergraduate and graduate students of HSE and other university Consortium participants.