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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

Politics and Strategy

The Ghost of Hybrid War

That Russia is no longer the basket case it once was does not mean that Moscow has a hybrid-war doctrine that could be effectively deployed against NATO, says Samuel Charap.

  • 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...

  • Expert Commentary

    Libération: «Obama et Poutine n'ont pas les mêmes cibles en Syrie»

    02 October 2015.  Interview with Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS Le chercheur américain Samuel Charap analyse l'impact des premières frappes russes et leurs conséquences sur les relations entre Washington et Moscou. Comment analysez-vous ces premières frappes russes en Syrie et le débat entre Moscou et les Occidentaux sur la nature des cibles visées ? Il faut d’abord replacer ces frappes dans un contexte global. Aux yeux de la Russie, il n’y a que...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: Will Ukraine snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

    28 September 2015.  The good news from Ukraine is that after half a year of intensive shelling across the Donbas ‘truce’ line, the big guns went silent on 1 September and have stayed silent ever since. Russia has reined in the hotheads among its proxy separatists in eastern Ukraine who wanted to keep on fighting and seize more Ukrainian territory with the superior heavy weapons Moscow has showered on Donbas over the past...

  • Expert Commentary

    Foreign Affairs: Forcing Kiev's Hand

    09 September 2015.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Viewed from Washington, the conflict in Ukraine's east seems to have reached a plateau. Despite several cease-fire agreements, fighting along the frontlines has never ceased completely. Yet the intensity of the violence has markedly decreased, and the Russian military and its separatist allies have not launched a major offensive in over six months. Since Russian President Vladimir Putin seems unwilling to withdraw...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Elizabeth Pond: A Useful Stalemate in Ukraine

    04 August 2015.  Russian President Vladimir Putin's undeclared war on once-fraternal Ukraine has destroyed Moscow's influence on Kiev, forged genuine Ukrainian identity in resistance and ended in a roughly stable stalemate in the eastern 3% of Ukraine that Russia now controls. However bitter that stalemate is to Putin, to Ukraine, and to the West, the least bad option may now be to prolong gridlock while diminishing casualties in Ukraine's Donbas coal region. This...

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Russia-Japan relations after Ukraine

    10 July 2015.