Conflict has been a de facto part of U.S.-Russia relations since the close of World War II. However, the United States is not the only nation that has clashed with Russia in recent history. Conflict has plagued Russia and its neighbors since the collapse of the USSR, resulting in a very tense post-Soviet space.
Is there something unique about the conflicts haunting the former Soviet countries? What cultural and historical understandings can provide context to these political and military crises? How has the baggage of the Cold War shaped the current crisis in U.S.-Russia relations? How has the shared Soviet past impacted post-Soviet relations between Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine? The goal of the Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship is to help educators explore the answers to these questions, and more, and to bring that understanding back to their classrooms and their students.
The yearlong competitive fellowship is open to both part-time and full-time educators at the high school and community college level who are interested in deepening their understanding of the history and current events of the post-Soviet space. Fellows will do this through in-person (at Harvard University) and online sessions with expert faculty and scholars. In addition to content about regional and international conflicts and disputes, the fellowship will provide an overview of mediation theory and strategies. Participants will participate in a conflict negotiation simulation focused on the region.
This fellowship is funded in part by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The 2020 fellowship application deadline is May 1.