Research Fellow, Russia / NIS Center
Russian strategic thought
Russian armed forces
Russian political-strategic culture
Russian political-military elites
Dimitri Minic is a Research Fellow at Ifri’s Russia/NIS Center. He holds a Ph.D. in History of International Relations from the Sorbonne University (2021) and obtained funding for his thesis from the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy (DGRIS) and the Institute for Strategic Research at the Military School (IRSEM) of the French Ministry of Armed Forces. He also was a consultant for the DGRIS where he produced reports on energy issues in Eurasia and North America.
His PhD thesis is named “Avoiding Armed Struggle: Russian Strategic Thought in the Face of the Evolution of War, 1993-2016”. His research deals with Russian strategic thought, the Russian army and the Russian hybrid and high intensity capacities. He also works on issues of the Russian military-political elites’ strategic culture and threats’ perception.
Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: A Political-Strategic Break? Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 126, Ifri, March 2022
On February 24, 2022, eight years after deploying an integrated military and non-military indirect strategy against Kiev, Vladimir Putin decided to initiate an open war against Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin is not a military strategist, and the decision to shift Russian forces from around Kyiv to the southeast in order to be in a position to defeat the Ukrainian army rather than go all out to achieve regime change now in Ukraine shows that, Dmitri Minic<...>