St. Petersburg Online: Perspectives on US-Russia Relations, Part II

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, taught in English, we examine the US-Russia relationship in depth.

In Part I* of this course we looked at US-Russia relations through the lenses of history, national behavior, and the media. Participation in Part I is not necessary to participate in Part II.

In this lecture series, 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.

BONUS: Intro to Russian! Each session will be accompanied by a lesson introducing you to the Russian language*. Exploring the language is one step toward understanding a country and its people. We will start with the basics of the alphabet, greetings, talking about yourself, common directional words, numbers (1-10), question words, names/nicknames of people, and place names.

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*While helpful, Part I is not a prerequisite to Part II in this series.

Lecture Topics

Technology and Scheduling

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

SRAS Learning Credits


Diplomacy, Geopolitics, History, International Relations

Dates & Costs

Dates: 06 Feb 2021 - 27 Feb 2021
Enroll By: 01 Feb 2021
Cost: $250