Russia and Eurasia

Russia and Eurasia

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.

Politics and Strategy

A useful stalemate in Ukraine

However bitter the 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, argues Elizabeth Pond.

  • 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. 

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: The perilous Line of Contact in southeastern Ukraine

    29 June 2015.  Clashes between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists have occurred regularly along the Line of Contact (LoC) in southeastern Ukraine since the February ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk. Both sides seemingly lack the will to fully implement the agreement, so the conflict looks likely to remain unresolved for the foreseeable future.

  • Strategic Comments

    Russian air patrols: long-range ambitions

    25 June 2015. 

    For the Russian air force, long-range bomber missions are an opportunity to improve crew performance through the planning associated with such long sorties, regular air-to-air refuelling and increased training. For NATO members, the missions serve as a reminder that the Russian air force still retains an extended-range strike capability that the Alliance must factor into its collective air defence needs.

  • Expert Commentary

    On Track: When the cupboard is Bear - Nato European defence responses to Russia

    17 June 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics and Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis Russia’s actions in the Ukraine have forced NATO European policy makers to grapple with their most serious collective security challenge since the end of the Cold War; at the same time as financial crisis driven fiscal consolidation on a near-continental scale continues to exert significant downward pressure on the region’s defence spending. ...

  • Events

    The Vatican’s New Foreign Policy: From Russia to Cuba

    12 May 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Antonio Mennini,
    Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St. James's
    Massimo Franco,
    Author and political columnist, Corriere della Sera
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 12 May 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: Brussels blames Gazprom for its own failings

    30 April 2015.  By Pierre Noel, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Senior Fellow for Economic and Energy Security The EU Commission has accused Russian gas company Gazprom of anti-competitive practices in its dealings with several EU countries. In a new op-ed, Pierre Noel assesses the validity of this claim. Read the full article at the Financial Times (subscription required)

  • Expert Commentary

    Problems of Post-Communism: Making Sense of Russian Foreign Policy

    17 April 2015.  Introduction to a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism guest edited by Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, and Cory Welt Russian foreign policy in the Putin era has drawn particular attention, and even praise, from the realist school of international relations scholars. John J. Mearsheimer, for example, has written that “Putin and his compatriots have been thinking and acting according to realist dictates” in their policy toward Ukraine. Indeed, senior Russian...

Russia and Eurasia Programme Internship

The IISS is currently seeking an intern to support the Institute’s Russia and Eurasia Programme, which is based at the IISS-US in Washington, DC. To be considered for the Fall 2015 session, kindly submit a complete application no later than 10 July 2015.

Ukraine Crisis

Access commentary, infographics and video from the IISS on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.