The Graduate Certificate in Eurasian Studies is designed for students who want to develop a deeper understanding of Russia and the countries of the Near Abroad. With the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, many thought that U.S. security concerns with the region would decrease. Instead, the issues relating to this part of the world have increased and become more complex. Regional conflicts; the security of materials that could be used to produce Weapons of Mass Destruction; the growth of organized crime, and with it the trafficking of drugs, arms, and human beings; economic, health, and demographic problems; and the spread of radical Islam and cyber threats are just some of the concerns that affect not only Eurasia, but—through association— the rest of the world. By studying these and other issues and how they impact the various parts of the former Soviet space (Russia, the Baltics, the BUM [Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova], the Caucasus, and Central Asia), students will develop the in-depth understanding that will allow them to serve as regional specialists, and analyze events in this part of the world and the impact of these events on U.S. national security.


  • Graduate Colloquium in Eurasian Studies
  • Russia: Geostrategic Intelligence Concerns
  • Central Asia: Geostrategic Intelligence Issues
  • The Caucasus
  • The Near Abroad
  • Students must also complete an individual research project on a relevant topic.

For full course descriptions, please see our catalog.