My name is Billy Mayer and I am an exchange student from Hawaii Pacific University on Oahu. There I study Diplomacy and Military Studies with the intent of graduating this fall with my bachelors degree. Currently this blog has been created to accommodate a course called Russia and Eurasia: Foreign and Security Policies taught by Professor Mark Mazureanu at the University of Mannheim, Germany. This course explores the not only the history of the Russian Empire, but also the cultural, economic, political, and military factors that contribute to what would become the Soviet Union in 1917. Further examination allows a in depth analysis of the Cold War and the international implications that deal particularly with the USSR. Finally the course covers the post-Soviet order and its policies regarding terrorism, NATO, the West, and peace-keeping amongst other key Russian foreign and security matters today.