• Military Balance Blog

    Belarus and Zapad 2017: between a rock and a hard place

    13 September 2017.  With its exercise Zapad (West) 2017, Russia may be sending a signal to Europe and the United States, although there is debate as to what this signal may be. The exercise is also a lesson in ‘not-so-soft power’ for Moscow's near abroad.

  • Adelphi Books

    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.

  • Strategic Comments

    Eurasia’s economic bloc at risk from geopolitics

    16 October 2015. 

    Despite initial successes, the future of the Eurasian Economic Union is uncertain. As the Ukraine crisis has unfolded, the regional integration initiative has become increasingly laden with geopolitical significance.

  • IISS Voices

    John Drennan: Lukashenko - More than a Kremlin satrap

    12 January 2015.  By John Drennan, Research Assistant and Programme Officer, Russia and Eurasia Programme Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the subsequent crisis in Ukraine, Belarus’s President Aleksandr Lukashenko has sought to carefully balance his country’s deep dependence on Russia against potential new threats to Belarus’s sovereignty. During his tenure, Lukashenko has demonstrated that he is no Kremlin satrap, but rather a self-interested client willing to deviate from his patron...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    05 December 2014.  Russia: Land forces; Air force; Navy; Strategic Rocket Forces; Defence economics
    Central Asia
    Ukraine: The seizure of Crimea; Ukraine’s armed forces; Conflict in Ukraine’s east; Defence economics

  • IISS Voices

    Hannah Alberts: Putin’s Eurasian Union could inflame nationalism at home

    02 September 2014.  By Hannah Alberts, Intern, Russia & Eurasia Programme Since Vladimir Putin announced his intention to work toward integrating the economies of the former Soviet states in a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in 2011, Russia’s foreign policy goals have been increasingly in conflict with its domestic political realities. Inclusive rhetoric calling for the creation of economic and political associations between Russia and its neighbours stands in stark contrast to rising xenophobia within...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    05 February 2014. 

    Russia: Armed forces; Personnel issues; Army; Air force; Navy; Airborne Forces; Special Operations Command; Strategic Rocket Forces; Aerospace Defence Forces; Defence economics
    Eurasia: Security policy and the Afghan drawdown; Defence economics; State Armaments Programme



  • Strategic Comments

    The EU’s Eastern Partnership: mixed prospects

    26 November 2013. 

    This week's summit of the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative, which offers integration as a reward for reform to six former Soviet republics, has been widely portrayed as a watershed moment. But the countries' own shortcomings and Russian obstruction have demonstrated the limits of the EU's approach.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 5: Russia and Eurasia

    14 March 2013.  Russia: administrative developments; recruitment and manning; army; the arctic; navy; air force; aerospace defence; defence economics; defence industry.

    Eurasia: defence economics.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    07 March 2012.  Defence in an age of austerity: implementing NATO's strategic concept; European defence after Libya; defence economics.

    France: operations and equipment; entente cordiale; defence economics.

    Germany: defence policy guidelines; defence economics.

    United Kingdom: defence reorganisation; capability implications; defence economics.

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