The Initiative on Distance Learning (IDL) hosted its first annual Student Conference in International Security at Yaroslavl State University October 16-18, 2003. The students were selected on a competitive basis from all ten participating Russian universities. They presented original research papers in an academic conference format. Also participating were Russian instructors, deans and senior university administrators. IDL is part of the Stanford Institute for International Studies and was developed to offer Stanford courses in international security to undergraduate students at Russian universities. The program is a unique blend of interactive components in a distributed distance-learning environment. Its ultimate goal is to facilitate the rejuvenation of the social sciences and to further the study of critical thinking among university students in the Russian Federation. For more information, contact %people1%.