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U.S.-Russia Future Leaders

  1. Student-Initiated Projects


CREES and the International Policy Center (IPC) in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy are proud to offer a two-year program to fund student-driven professional development opportunities that will prepare them for careers in U.S.-Russia relations.

The program, Developing Future Leaders in U.S.-Russia Relations, features three main activities, all of which focus on professional development.

  1. Support for student-initiated projects developed by U-M undergraduate and graduate students to engage on Russia-related issues through experiential training opportunities, such as short work-study projects or off-campus professional training sessions. LEARN MORE
  2. A series of professional development workshops at U-M that are open to students from other Midwestern universities. These will focus on building practical skills and will be led by practitioners who may include former diplomats, civil society leaders, and business or media professionals. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON
  3. A colloquium engaging students from across the Midwest, featuring a simulation exercise on policy issues in the U.S.-Russia relationship. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

Drawing from the strengths of CREES and IPC faculty and networks, the program employs an interdisciplinary approach to provide U-M student leaders the opportunity to learn about issues relating to rule of law/governance, economic practices, and civil society engagement. The program also focuses on delivering the cultural, economic, social, and political knowledge and sensitivity that is necessary to engage in productive dialogue with Russian partners on ways forward.