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

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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. ...