St. Petersburg Online: Perspectives on US-Russia Relations

Short Course

2020 has provided us with many opportunities to look at the world from varying perspectives, to consider the rise of globalism and its effects, and to evaluate the relationships between countries. In this course, we examine the US-Russia relationship in depth.

We start with a full historical overview of the US-Russia relations from political and economic cooperation to global confrontation and rivalry, looking at cases of successful cooperation and failures. We then look to national models of behavior in the US and Russia and search for the roots of mistrust and misunderstanding.

We discuss the foreign policy of Russia to understand why US-Russia relations are far less predictable now than even during the Cold war and focus on the primary intent to build partnership and the key factors that led to the degradation of the relationship between the two countries. We look specifically at the trauma of Russia's transition from Communism, and its collective memory of the US involvement in that troubled transition. The situation in Crimea will be used as a case study as we examine ways to improve relations.

Media plays a crucial role in this relationship, not always portraying United States/Russia accurately. The propaganda and ideology expressed in media coverage will be discussed. One of the workshops will be dedicated to finding the truth and uncovering exaggerations, omissions, and other "post-truth" elements in Russian and American news. The differences in coverage will be examined using the US Presidential Elections as an example.

Course Structure

Virtual Travel and Cultural Program

Technology and Scheduling

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

SRAS Learning Credits


Diplomacy, Geopolitics, History, International Relations, Journalism, Sociology


  • GPA of 2.8¬†or higher
  • At least 18 years of age at time of application

Dates & Costs

Dates: 07 Sep 2020 - 27 Nov 2020
Enroll By: 25 Aug 2020
Cost: $995