Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center

Research Interests:

  • Energy policy towards Europe and Russia’s place in the European security system
  • Russia-EU dialogue and Russia-NATO Relations
  • Energy geopolitics and Russia’s interests in the Caspian Sea; Russian policy in the Arctic
  • Russian defense posture and military reform
  • Conflict management in the Caucasus and the Caspian Sea area



Pavel BAEV is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center, a Researcher and Professor at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Brookings Institution, Washington DC.

After graduating from Moscow State University (MA in Political Geography, 1979), he worked in a research institute of the USSR Ministry of Defense; received a PhD in International Relations from the Institute for US and Canadian Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences (1988), and then worked for the Institute of Europe, Moscow. He joined PRIO in October 1992. In 1995-2001, he was the editor of PRIO’s quarterly journal Security Dialogue, and in 1998-2004 was a member of the PRIO board. He writes a weekly column for the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor.


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The extraordinarily troublesome year 2020 tested many international institutions and bilateral ties, but few experienced sharper challenges than the complex relations between Russia and Turkey, which have a strong impact on crisis developments in Europe’s immediate neighborhood.


A full-blown war erupted in the South Caucasus last Sunday, September 27, and as the two belligerents — Armenia and Azerbaijan — mobilize their forces under martial law, no international authority is trying in earnest to stop the hostilities. The conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh...


The struggle against terrorism is supposed to be one part of security policy in which Russia has every necessary capability and know-how, and its special services can draw on vast experience without encountering the legal and institutional constraints that often interfere with Western efforts....


Since the start of the Ukraine crisis in early 2014, the states of East Central Europe have become increasingly important targets of Russian economic, political and military pressure. Russia finds itself in the trajectory of geopolitical retreat on the Western “front”, and seeks to slow...

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