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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Apply for Fall, 2015 by May 25, 2015!
Summer Programs Still Available in Select Locations!

  Poland_topo This month, we bring you more information on Polish cities - which have been at the frontlines for many European conflicts.

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This month's newsletter was challenging.

There were so many interesting articles and important primary source documents to choose from that narrowing it down to the best was hard. We also have deadlines still open for select summer locations (Warsaw, Kiev, Bishkek, and Batumi), and deadlines fast approaching next month for fall semester.

This month, our major focus is on conflict in Europe – in the past, present, and possibly future. You'll also find lots of fascinating articles on language and culture, two sections on programs and funding, and much more information essential for staying on top of news in Eurasia.

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!

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Study Abroad
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Internship in Russia

In this month's newsletter:

- Programs, Summer     - Programs, Fall
- European Conflict       - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Culture     - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 30!
Students who submit papers for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by May 30, 2015.

Free Books!
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– European Conflict –

Krakow is Poland's cultural capital, an ancient city that has served as a heart of Polishness and Polish resistence when Poland itself had been wiped from the map.

Warsaw has spent most of the past 300 years in the hands of competing occupying powers. It has always been rebuilt, rising from the ashes again and again – albeit in varying styles often influenced by the new occupier.

Europe: Destined for Conflict
In this hour-long lecture, Analyst George Friedman discusses Europe's tendency toward conflict.

Right Sector Defies Calls to Pull out of Frontline
Kiev's attempts to consolidate its volunteer batallions have been complicated.

Maps: How Ukraine became Ukraine
What follows is a sketch of how Ukraine became Ukraine over 1,300 years of history, mapped by The Washington Post's cartographer Gene Thorp.

- Poles Steel for Battle against Russia
- Spielberg Releases Auchwitz Documentary Online
- Russia on the Social Media Front
- NATO on the Social Media Front

– Programs, Summer –

Study Russian Abroad
SRAS can still accept late applications for Kiev, Batumi, and Bishkek for summer study abroad!

Jewish Heritage Summer
Once the home to the majority of the world's Jews, nearly 70 percent of all Jews can now trace their heritage back to Poland. Study the major triumphs, the Holocaust tragedy, and the current revival of Jewish life in Poland this summer!

Crossroads Scholarships: Warsaw-St. Petersburg-Kiev
Up to ten $2500-7000 scholarships will be given to students looking to study in Warsaw, St. Petersburg, and/or Kiev!

Food and Festivals: Faculty Development
SRAS invites educators to explore the cultural and culinary heartlands of Ukraine and Georgia. This program will be conducted in Russian, with a focus on development of food-related language and lesson plans.

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Three intensive weeks of Russian language study followed by a one-week trek through the majestic countryside of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language and learning about local culture. What better way to spend the summer?

- Braver Grants
- Service Learning Grants


– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Programs, Fall –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects.

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Visit several post-Soviet States to discuss conflict and conflict resolution, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

Russian as a Second Language
Intensive Russian courses for all levels in locations across Russia and Eurasia.

Research Travel Services
SRAS has updated its visa options for scholars and students hoping to research abroad in Russia.

Russian Studies Abroad
Choose Moscow or St. Petersburg - Study economics, history, culture, politics, marketing, and more!

- View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
- Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
- Braver Grants
- Service Learning Grants

  – Never Too Many Books! –
Ukraine and Russia: People, Politics, Propaganda and Perspectives Russia Direct Guidebook to Russian Foreign Policy Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands Secret Lives of the Tsars Letters from Vladivostok, 1894-1930

 Study Abroad
in Eurasia!


– Language and Culture –

MiniLesson: Taxes in Russia
There are many отличия (differences) between the American and Russian системы налогообложения (taxation systems).

Georgian Cooking's Extraordinary Combinations
For real food with shock appeal, head to Georgia

Is Russian Literature Dead?
The West takes little notice of contemporary Russian literature. Why is that?

Russians Who Changed Western Theatre
Chekhov, Stanislavsky, and Meyerhold changed Western theatre (and film) forever.

Kefir: An American Family Business
America's leading producer of kefir has just invested in five-fold expansion based in Wisconsin. They expect to hit annual sales of a half billion dollars "soon."

A History of Kyrgyz Beauty (Video)
Moscow's Alternative History (Photos)
12 New Russian Films (YouTube)

– Articles –

Testimony to Congress: Steven Pifer
Steven Pifer is director of the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. A former ambassador to Ukraine, Pifer’s career as a foreign service officer centered on Europe, the former Soviet Union and arms control.

Testimony to Congress: Victoria Nuland
Victoria Nuland is the Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State.

Testimony to Senate: Steven Blank
Steven Blank is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council. He formerly taught National Security Studies at the US Army War College.

 Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Research Travel

10 Charts That Explain Russia
What's really happening with the Russian economy and demographics?

My Friend, Stalin's Daughter
Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin, bounded down the stairs of a Swissair plane at Kennedy Airport. Svetlana immediately became the Cold War’s most famous defector.

Support for Putin Among Russian Voters Doubles
Of those people who said they would definitely turn out to vote and who had already made up their minds who to vote for, 86 percent would choose Putin.

Once Upon a TIME
Margarita Simonyan, RT's Editor-in-Chief, compares RT with publically-funded western journalism.

Putin’s Third Term: Assessments Amid Crisis
In Putin’s Third Term: Assessments Amid Crisis, three leading experts examine the state of Russian politics, security and economy halfway through Putin’s third term, and evaluate the extent to which his policies have made the country — and his own regime — more or less able to withstand the latest storm.

Crimea: The Way Home
A 2.5 hour documentary on how Russia "brought Crimea home." It features an extended interview with Putin in which he discusses the plans made in advance. The full thing is on YouTube in Russian.

2014: Russian Public Opinion
A report, in Russian, on the major polls taken by Russia's independent Levada Center.

Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover
A BBC reporter gives a fairly nuanced review of what life is like in Crimea.

A Tolstoy as Cultural Diplomat
Mr. Tolstoy, 52, has emerged as the more conciliatory, highbrow and Western-friendly face of Kremlin cultural policy.

Weapons Flood into Putin's European Arms Depot
Some of Russia's most advanced weapons are being kept inside Europe. Europe has environmental concerns with the enclave as well.

How Much Energy Does Russia Have Anyways?
Facts, statistics, and graphs about Russian energy.

Russia Licenses CNN Broadcaster
A CNN representative confirmed to the newspaper that a ten-year license was issued on March 23.

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