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Russia and Eurasia

IISS research into Russia and Eurasia focuses on the politics, political economy and international relations of Russia and the other states of post-Soviet Eurasia.

Russia and Eurasia Programme

The IISS Russia and Eurasia Programme focuses on the politics, political economy, and international relations of Russia and the other states of post-Soviet Eurasia.

Adelphi Book

Everyone Loses

With talk in world capitals of a new cold war, this Adelphi examines the roots of the Ukraine crisis, analyses Western and Russian policies in post-Soviet Eurasia since 1991, and provides an assessment of both Russia and the West's actions post-2014.

  • Expert Commentary

    Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East

    27 March 2017.  The two countries favour different solutions to the Syria crisis. But this will not derail their relationship, argues IISS Research Fellow for Iran Clement Therme.

  • Expert Commentary

    How changing Ukrainian society impacts the chances for peace

    06 March 2017.  In this commentary for PONARS Eurasia, IISS Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Samuel Charap analyses the changes in Ukrainian society since the 2014 crisis.

  • Expert Commentary

    How changing Ukrainian society impacts the chances for peace

    06 March 2017.  In this commentary for PONARS Eurasia, IISS Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Samuel Charap analyses the changes in Ukrainian society since the 2014 crisis.

  • Events

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

    15 February 2017. 

    IISS–Americas New York Book Launch
    Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Thomas Graham, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
    The Cornell Club, New York
    Wednesday 15 February 2017, 6–7.30pm EST

  • Events

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

    27 January 2017. 

    Adelphi Book Launch
    Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 27 January 2017, 12.30–1.30pm GMT

  • Adelphi Books

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

    12 January 2017. 

    With talk in world capitals of a new cold war, this Adelphi examines the roots of the Ukraine crisis, analysing Western and Russian policies in post-Soviet Eurasia since 1991, and providing an assessment of both Russia and the West’s actions post-2014.

  • Events

    Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

    12 January 2017. 

    IISS–Americas Adelphi Book Launch
    Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS
    Timothy J. Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Thursday 12 January 2017, 9–10am EST

  • 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.

  • Adelphi Books

    Introduction

    14 December 2016.  The crisis in Ukraine began in November 2013 when a crackdown on students protesting against the government’s decision not to sign an agreement linking the country more closely with the EU led to huge street protests, ending with the overthrow of the president. Russia then occupied and annexed the Crimean peninsula, and supported unrest in the Donbas area of eastern Ukraine. This chapter introduces the concept of the negative-sum game as a metaphor for the conflict, and explores some alternative explanations.

Russia and Eurasia Programme

The IISS Russia and Eurasia Programme focuses on the politics, political economy, and international relations of Russia and the other states of post-Soviet Eurasia.

Report

The US and Russia in the Asia-Pacific

The product of over two years of Track II dialogue between Asia-Pacific experts, this report discusses how the US and Russia both depend on developments in the Asia-Pacific region for their future prosperity and security.