• 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...

  • 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

    Jihad in Russia: the Caucasus Emirate

    04 December 2012.  Russian authorities are engaged in a large-scale counter-terrorism campaign against the Caucasus Emirate, a Salafist terrorist network with ties to al-Qaeda and other international groups. Its operations threaten the stability of the Russian North Caucasus, and could potentially impact further afield. Russia's counter-terrorism effort has assumed greater urgency since the 2014 Winter Olympic Games were awarded to Sochi, a popular resort city in the North Caucasus.

  • Strategic Survey

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    13 September 2012.  Russia: Putin Returns
    Ukraine: Difficult Path
    South Caucasus: Limited Progress

  • IISS Voices

    Nicholas Redman: Russia: Protecting expats and more in Syria

    19 June 2012.  By Nicholas Redman, Senior Fellow for Geopolitical Risk and Economic Security; Editor, Adelphi Books Russia is preparing to send two warships plus marines to Syria, as the civil war in that country shows no sign of letting up. Russia has for months supported the government of Bashar al-Assad at the UN Security Council, blocking resolutions authored by Western and Arab League states to sanction Damascus and pressure Assad to step down. Most of...

  • 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.

  • Survival

    Georgia: The Issue is Not Democracy

    01 April 2012. 

    By viewing Georgia’s upcoming elections entirely through the lens of democratic advance or retreat, the West risks overlooking the real political developments in the post-Soviet states.

  • Strategic comments

    Medvedev momentum falters in Nagorno-Karabakh

    02 August 2011.  Hopes have been dashed again that Armenia and Azerbaijan might make finally make a breakthrough in their long-standing conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The two countries' presidents left a meeting mediated by Russia's Dmitry Medvedev on 24 June in Kazan, without approving the basic principles for the conflict's resolution.

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