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Russia and Eurasia

The university offers several undergraduate majors, as well as a master’s degree program, in Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

Sanford scholarship focused on the region includes that of James R. Shepley Professor Emerita Ellen Mickiewicz, a leading expert on Russia and the media. She interviewed more than 100 Russian college students for her 2014 book No Illusions: The Voices of Russia’s Future Leaders.

The school also offers a public policy program in partnership with the Kazakhstan Academy of Public Administration. The three-month program is held annually. In 2015 graduates included officials from Kazakhstan’s Agency for Civil Service Affairs and Anti-Corruption, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and the Ministry of Investment and Development. Kairat Umarov, Kazakhstan’s ambassador to the United States, underlines the program’s importance to his country’s government employees.

“We are a nation that is looking forward,” he said. “Preparation of the future generation of leaders – people who can face the challenges of the next century – is very important for us.”


Sanford School Professor Emeritus Ellen Mickiewicz is joining the board of directors of the American Committee for East-West Accord.