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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.

New 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.

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    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 BST

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Chapter Three: Breaking point

    14 December 2016. 

    This chapter covers the Ukraine crisis itself: the election of Viktor Yanukovych; the developments that led to the Maidan Revolution; the fall of Yanukovych’s government; the occupation and annexation of the Crimean peninsula; the intensification of conflict in eastern Ukraine; and international attempts to resolve the situation.

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    Chapter Four: The negative-sum game and how to move past it

    14 December 2016. 

    The Ukraine crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome in which all parties are worse off, and international security has declined. In this final chapter, the authors consider ways in which the major players might move past this negative-sum game.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Expert Commentary

    Russia’s use of military force as a foreign policy tool: is there a logic?

    20 October 2016.  Russia has used its military beyond its borders with unprecedented frequency in the period since the invasion of Crimea in February 2014. In this PONARS Policy Memo Samuel Charap explains this behaviour, arguing that we should see Moscow's use of force as one element of a broader coercive bargaining process.

  • 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...

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The US and Russia in the Asia-Pacific

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