• Expert Commentary

    Russia’s use of military force as a foreign policy tool: is there a logic?

    20 October 2016.  Russia has used its military beyond its borders with unprecedented frequency in the period since the invasion of Crimea in February 2014. In this PONARS Policy Memo Samuel Charap explains this behaviour, arguing that we should see Moscow's use of force as one element of a broader coercive bargaining process.

  • Strategic Comments

    NATO’s look East

    24 June 2016. 

    Russia's military modernisation and aggressiveness have prompted NATO to refocus on European security and especially on reassuring worried Eastern members of the Alliance, and spurred NATO members to spend more on defence. But differences remain among allies over the specific measures required to ensure effective deterrence and sufficient comfort. NATO also faces complex challenges involving terrorism, state failure and humanitarian strife on its periphery.

  • Shangri-La Voices

    The US and Russia in the Asia-Pacific

    02 June 2016.  From November 2013–April 2016, the IISS Russia and Eurasia Programme jointly led a Track II initiative on United States–Russia relations in the Asia-Pacific with the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The project brought together Asia-Pacific regional experts from those two countries to discuss the most pressing issues facing the US and Russia in the region. The final report is available here. Its...

  • Armed Conflict Survey

    Chapter 7: Europe and Eurasia

    05 May 2016. 

    Armenia–Azerbaijan (Nagorno-Karabakh)
    Central Asia
    Russia (North Caucasus)

  • Expert Commentary

    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: US–Russian relations - The middle cannot hold

    14 April 2016.  By Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations US–Russian relations have been in a downward spiral since Vladimir Putin took the fateful decision to invade Crimea in February 2014. More than two years later, the situation is as grave as it has been since the heated days of the Cold War, in the early 1980s. Russia and...

  • Events

    Conflict Management in Ukraine: A Frontline Perspective

    11 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dr Samir Puri, Lecturer, Department of War Studies, King’s College London
    Arundel House, London
    Monday 11 April, 12.30–1.30pm BST

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia-Eurasia

    09 February 2016.  Russia: Syria mission; New military doctrine; Personnel issues; Exercises and deployments; Armed services; Land forces; Navy; Aerospace Forces; Strategic Rocket Forces; Defence economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending; Procurement and industry; State Armament Programme 2011–20; Future uncertainties; Russian acquisition reform
    Ukraine: Military expansion; force development; Bolstering the armed forces; Mobilisation and volunteers; Paramilitary forces expand; Training and weaponry

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: Gunfight at the Ukraine Corral

    04 February 2016.  2016 promises to be a decisive year for Ukraine. The sudden resignation on 3 February of Economics Minister Aivaras Abromavicius – and the immediate sharp fall of Ukraine's sovereign bonds – suggest that the showdown is at hand, much sooner than expected. The country faces a stark choice. Its second civil-society uprising in a decade could dissolve into infighting among oligarchs, as the first one did. Or, with the help...

  • Survival

    Russia in a Post-Bipolar World

    19 January 2016. 

    Since the end of the Cold War, the West has attempted to impose on the world its own political model as a universal solution.

  • Survival

    World Order after Ukraine

    19 January 2016. 

    The crisis in Ukraine has strained Russia’s relations with the West to breaking point. An objective understanding of the roots of the conflict is essential if a new order is to be established.  

Welcome to the IISS’ new search feature: here you will find content from the Institute on the topic/region selected. Click ‘advanced search options’ to filter by content type, date, related topics and/or experts.

To see your previous purchases and favourites, log-in to My IISS.