Prof Robin J. Lewis about Russia and his project to establish a new Masters program in Moscow
News from Nov 13, 2013
The standard narrative about Russia goes like this: Russia had the Tsar, it had Stalin, and now it has Putin. Some people believe, that this explains everything. But that´s wrong, Professor Robin J. Lewis argued at our most recent Brown Bag Lunch this Monday. “Russia is a constitutional democracy, but it´s struggling”, Lewis said. According to him, Russia presents one with many ambiguities. Despite some authoritarian tendencies, the country is also opening up to the outside world, especially in the educational system, Lewis asserted.
Lewis also talked about his plans to establish a new Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow. A latecomer to public policy education, it´s also an interesting place to analyse public policy with the opportunity to observe it being implemented on the ground very quickly, Lewis said. Employees from various Russian ministries will be teaching on the program so the connection to the state is far from tenuous.
The Master in Global Public Policy is currently seeking students to apply for its inaugural cohort which will begin in September 2014. With the program based in Moscow, relatively cheap accommodation will be offered to students, and some scholarships will be offered on a competitive basis.
For more information on the program, visit: http://mgpp.rane.ru
Robin J. Lewis is Professor and Director of the new Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) program at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow. He is also Professor at the School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Beijing Normal University and the first President of the newly-formed International Development and Public Policy Alliance (IDPPA), a consortium of graduate policy schools in Brazil, Russia, India, China, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa. Lewis holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York, where he served as Dean of the School of International Affairs.