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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Putin's Russia: The Soviet Past, the Democratic Experiment, and the Return of Dictatorship

Week 3: July 17-23, 2016

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The Ralph Janis Seminar in History, in honor of CAU director emeritus Ralph Janis for his years of distinguished leadership

Russia's recent annexation of Crimea, incursions into and destabilization of eastern Ukraine, and military engagement in Syria have sent a Cold War chill through Western Europe and the United States. What happened?

Valerie Bunce, government professor and the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies, will help us to understand Putin's game in Ukraine and elsewhere by analyzing current Russian foreign and domestic politics and their historical antecedents. We'll consider the promise and the tragedy of the Gorbachev era; the collapse and legacy of the Soviet communist state; Yeltsin's disastrous 1990s experiment with democracy; the rise of Putin and his remarkable success in building popular support, a more stable and productive Russia, and a return to authoritarian rule; and his recent reassertion of Russian influence in international politics.

Going forward, will Putin get what he wants—continued support at home and greater power for Russia on the international stage?

Valerie Bunce

Valerie Bunce is the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government. Her primary fields are comparative politics and international relations, and her research and teaching address comparative democratization, international democracy promotion (primarily by the U.S.), and inter-ethnic... > more


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Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.