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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.

Russia and Eurasia Programme

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.

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.

  • 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...

  • Strategic Comments

    Ukraine ceasefire remains a work in progress

    15 April 2015. 

    The long-term viability of the February 2015 ceasefire agreement depends on Kiev's ability to implement contentious constitutional reforms. Until it has done so, Russia does not have to cede control of the border.

  • Events

    Russia and the West: A New Cold War?

    15 April 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Matthew Kroenig
    Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council 
    Jeremy Shapiro
    Fellow, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
    Chair: Dana Allin
    Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs and Editor of Survival, IISS
    IISS-US, Washington DC
    Wednesday 15 April 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Financial Times: The purpose of Putin’s diplomatic acrobatics

    24 March 2015.  In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia Samuel Charap examines why Russian President Vladimir Putin has persisted in denying his country's involvement in the Ukraine crisis. Although this decision has destroyed Putin's credibility among his diplomatic counterparts, Charap argues that it may be an attempt to preserve the very international order that Russia's actions have so clearly violated. Charap suggests that by refusing to acknowledge this...

  • Strategic Comments

    Eastern Europe's demographic challenges

    23 March 2015. 

    Workforces throughout Eastern Europe are entering long-term structural declines of such a magnitude that they are highly unlikely to be reversed by changes in fertility patterns – could immigration improve matters?

  • IISS Voices

    Strategic Snapshots: As the ceasefire in Ukraine holds, what next?

    12 March 2015.  Dr Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, discusses the scope and sequencing of the ‘Minsk 2.0’ agreement between Russia and Ukraine. ‘Success’ of the ceasefire holding in Donbas would pose challenges in itself; in particular on the question of Kiev’s resolve to endorse a constitutional decentralisation of powers, stipulated in the agreement. Will a stretch of relative calm produce a move towards lasting peace or the hardening of a...

  • Strategic Comments

    Negative outlook for Russian economy as sanctions bite

    10 March 2015. 

    Western sanctions have placed significant strains on the Russian economy, especially as they have coincided with steep declines in oil prices. With more severe sanctions threatened if a ceasefire in Ukraine is not adhered to, ratings agencies have attached a negative outlook to their assessments of Russia's near-term economic prospects.

Russia and Eurasia Programme

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.

Report

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.