Soviet scholarship on the subject of the role of Congress in American foreign policy (part of Soviet studies of the United States referred to as amerikanistika) evolved in tandem with the development of political science in the Soviet Union. 1 While the existing centers of study of U.S. foreign policy will be fully detailed in Chapter 4, the early origins of amerikanistika can be traced to the establishment of the first full-fledged international relations research institute, the Institute of World Economics and World Politics, founded in 1925 and headed by Evgenii Varga. 2