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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.

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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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Strategic Comments

    The tenuous diplomacy of the Syrian conflict

    12 April 2016. 

    International diplomacy with respect to the Syrian conflict has been episodic and generally ineffective. Greater engagement by the Syrian regime and the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 in support of negotiations on Syria's political transition have improved prospects for a political solution. But the parties remain far apart on the role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a political transition, and therefore still face a steep uphill climb.

  • Events

    The US and Russia in the Asia-Pacific

    30 March 2016. 

    Report Launch
    Dr Kurt Campbell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Group
    Dr Vasily Mikheev, Deputy Director, Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Wednesday 30 March, 2-3pm EDT

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Will a Putin–Abe summit happen in 2016?

    10 March 2016.  Attempts to normalise Russia–Japan relations have come in fits and starts over the past 20 years, but both Putin and Abe have signalled their intent to achieve real progress in 2016, explains John Drennan.

  • 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...

  • Expert Commentary

    Samuel Charap: A functional relationship between the US and Russia after the Ukraine crisis

    16 December 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia The Center for the National Interest has recently published a report entitled 'The United States and Russia after the Ukraine crisis: Three Scenarios' . In his chapter, IISS Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Dr Samuel Charap explores how the US-Russia relationship could improve. By late 2015, both Washington and Moscow come to recognize the “New Cold War” footing they had adopted in the preceding two...

  • Expert Commentary

    Brookings: The danger of Russian and Turkish competitive machismo in Syria

    02 December 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS, and Jeremy Shapiro, Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution The downing of a Russian jet by Turkish fighters has brought the dangers posed by Moscow’s intervention in Syria into sharp relief. While the Russian and Turkish Presidents trade insults and display their competitive machismo, the world faces the prospect of a military crisis between Russia and NATO. Although we do...

  • Expert Commentary

    Brookings: Really, actually avoiding a new Cold War

    20 October 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS, and Jeremy Shapiro, Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution Any interesting argument on foreign policy can be attacked from many, even opposing angles. So it is with enormous gratification that we see that our argument about the possibility and need to avoid a new Cold War with Russia has drawn fierce criticism from both Moscow and Washington. First, from Russia (with if...

  • Expert Commentary

    Samuel Charap & Jeremy Shapiro: Why a new Cold War can be avoided

    07 October 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS, and Jeremy Shapiro, Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution All is not well in U.S.-Russia relations. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine—and its new airstrikes in Syria—have brought the two to lows not seen since the Cold War. Presidents Obama and Putin sniping at each other from the rostrum of the U.N. General Assembly only accentuated that...