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Part I: Collaborative Research Projects (August 2018 – March 2019)

The Collaborative Research Project (CRP) is the core of our program, and delegates will take ownership in designing and executing their projects. Each working group is comprised of two Russian students and two American students. At the capstone conference, all groups will give an oral presentation on their research findings or project work.

Examples of Past Research Topics:

  • Assessing U.S.-Russian Cooperation in Developing Arctic Hydrocarbon Reserves
  • Changing Political Discourse: A Case Study on the Use of New Media
  • Frameworks for Space Cooperation: Integrating Academia, the Public Sector and the Private Sector 
  • International Arms Control and Law Enforcement in the Information Revolution: An Examination of Cyber Warfare and Information Security
  • Regional Security in Central Asia: A Proposal for the Afghan-Tajik Border


Part II: The Conferences

Russia Conference 

At the Opening Conference, delegates will meet in person for the first time and use their prepared literature review to come up with a solid research question. Delegates will defend their proposed research question and methodology. Conference events will include panel discussions and seminars with leading experts in policymaking, academia, and business as well as team-building workshops. Take a look at a past Russia Conference

Stanford Conference 

To conclude the program, delegates will assemble for a week-long capstone conference at Stanford University and in Washington, D.C. Groups will have the opportunity to present their work to the other delegates, professors, and professionals in relevant areas. Additionally, there will be panels and seminars on US-Russia relations, business, technology, and more. Students will also go to a team building and service retreat at Fort Ross, a historic Russian fort on the California coast. Take a look at a past Stanford Capstone Conference, or learn more about our partnership with Fort Ross.