The Carnegie Corporation is striving to catalyze a revival in the study of Russia, giving three grants worth $1 million each to three American universities. The gifts come at a time of rising US-Russian tension and a general decline in Russian and Eurasian studies in the United States.
The three recipients are Columbia University, Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The grants will be distributed over a two-year period.
“Once a robust field, it [Russian studies] has atrophied over years of neglect and underfunding,” Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, said in a statement. “We see today that, as in the past, Russia remains an important player on the global stage. I hope that our initiative will contribute to providing high-level US expertise on Russia.”
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