• Adelphi Books

    Chapter One: Cold Peace

    14 December 2016. 

    This chapter examines the foundational years of the post-Cold War order (from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s), telling the tale of the ‘Cold Peace’. The period was typified by the rise of competition in and over the states between Russia and the West (the ‘In-Betweens’), and Central Asia.

  • Adelphi Books

    Chapter Two: Contestation entrenched

    14 December 2016. 

    The Cold Peace began to unravel after the ‘colour revolutions’ of 2003–05. In 2004 came the ‘big bang’ enlargement of Euro-Atlantic institutions, and a few years later the five-day war between Russia and Georgia, after which the EU began to play a more active role in post-Soviet Eurasia.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    05 December 2014.  Russia: Land forces; Air force; Navy; Strategic Rocket Forces; Defence economics
    Central Asia
    Ukraine: The seizure of Crimea; Ukraine’s armed forces; Conflict in Ukraine’s east; Defence economics

  • Strategic Comments

    The EU’s Central African Republic mission

    30 April 2014. 

    The European Union's mission in the Central African Republic seeks to provide temporary support to African-led efforts to contain the current conflict, bridging the gap until a larger United Nations peacekeeping force arrives. Although an initial crisis-management plan was agreed with unusual speed, it has taken much longer than anticipated to get troops on the ground.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    05 February 2014. 

    Russia: Armed forces; Personnel issues; Army; Air force; Navy; Airborne Forces; Special Operations Command; Strategic Rocket Forces; Aerospace Defence Forces; Defence economics
    Eurasia: Security policy and the Afghan drawdown; Defence economics; State Armaments Programme



  • Strategic Comments

    The EU’s Eastern Partnership: mixed prospects

    26 November 2013. 

    This week's summit of the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative, which offers integration as a reward for reform to six former Soviet republics, has been widely portrayed as a watershed moment. But the countries' own shortcomings and Russian obstruction have demonstrated the limits of the EU's approach.

  • IISS Voices

    The way forward for Russia and Georgia

    17 October 2013.  IISS Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, Samuel Charap, was interviewed by the Valdai International Discussion Club (Valdaiclub.com), a forum which focuses on Russia. In 2008, clashes between separatists and Georgian troops in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia resulted in a war, pitting Georgia against Russia, the separatist Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia. In a five-day conflict, Russia defeated Georgia’s efforts to gain control of the area...

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    05 September 2013. 

    Russia's Rising Conservatism
    Georgia's New Pluralism

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    14 March 2013.  Russia: administrative developments; recruitment and manning; army; the arctic; navy; air force; aerospace defence; defence economics; defence industry.

    Eurasia: defence economics.

  • Strategic Comments

    Assessing Russian foreign policy under Medvedev

    11 May 2012.  The Duma's confirmation of Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister on 8 May, a day after Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president, marked the completion of their long-anticipated role swap and a new period in Russia's foreign relations. Over the previous four years it had been difficult to discern which half of the Putin–Medvedev tandem was responsible for the country's mixed foreign-policy record. However, Medvedev came to be viewed as a moderniser by his foreign interlocutors.

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