The 2003-2004 program year marks the thirteenth year of the Kennan Institute's Robert H. Baraz Memorial Research Internship Program. This program was established in 1991 in honor of the late Robert Baraz, longtime Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State. Each year, the Kennan Institute recognizes the Research Assistant who has provided the most outstanding level of service for the year.

Adam Fuss has been selected as the Robert H. Baraz Memorial Intern for the 2003-04 program year. Mr. Fuss is an M.A. candidate at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He received his A.B. from Boston College in history in 2001 and was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Smolensk between his undergraduate and graduate studies. Mr. Fuss interned at the Kennan Institute with Title VIII Research Scholar Sergei Zhuk, who was researching radical religious sects in southern Russia and Ukraine at the turn of the twentieth century.