CGI invites young professionals currently working and/or conducting research in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies to apply for participation in the 2015-2016 CGI Rising Experts Program. The program, now in its third year, brings together promising young experts in the Washington, D.C. area for monthly networking and discussion events.
U.S.-Russian relations are currently suffering from distrust and misperception on both sides, a fundamental obstacle that Obama’s ‘reset’ could not address on its own. Instead of focusing on mutual interests, the two countries tend to favor short-term policy fixes to individual crises. This program works towards a mentality shift, focusing on the construction a drastically new agenda based on a revised understanding of national interests and emerging global realities.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the Ukrainian crisis was viewed in the West as a direct challenge to the post-WWII order, placing under question such fundamental principles as state sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the inviolability of state borders. As the military conflict continues, our program will seek to examine the underlying issues brought to light by the conflict in Ukraine and attempt to identify its long-term impact on the international system.
Much has been said about Russia’s “turn to the East” following the signing of a 30-year gas deal between Moscow and Beijing in May 2014. But beyond its immediate economic and political significance, the long-term consequences of this event remain unclear. Uneasy Triangle: Russia, China, and the U.S. aims to explore the long-term implications of Russia’s growing ties with China, and the impact they might have on both countries’ relationships with the United States and Europe.
The rise of multiple centers of power and the growing influence of non-state actors has brought about a transformation of the international system. Yet traditional international organizations, such as the United Nations and its Security Council, have shown themselves to be increasingly unable to respond to unforeseen events. CGI’s Global Governance program reexamines the foundations of the post-WWII international system and identifies new ways in which states could work together to respond more effectively to 21st-century challenges.
The past decade has witnessed a growing discussion about the “Russian World,” the idea of a distinct Russian civilization, united by a common set of traditional values, often oriented in opposition to the West. Some see this concept as a means for the Russian government to project soft power in the near abroad, while others interpret the “Russian World” as a civilizational project that places Russia at the center of a broader Eurasian identity. The Russian World program will seek to clarify and examine this phenomenon, along with its consequences for Russia’s relationship with the West and the rest of the world.