Russia’s comeback to Africa has been widely discussed since 2017.
Russia’s Militia Groups and their Use at Home and Abroad Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 113, Ifri, April 2019
What makes the militia milieu so unique and important for understanding today’s Russia is that it finds itself at the intersection of state institutions, patronage mechanisms, criminal structures, and grassroots illiberal activism.
China’s Ambitions in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 112, Ifri, December 2018
Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus have long been a blind-spot for Chinese diplomacy and economic policy. For over a decade, however, China has been laying the foundations of a long-term presence in the area, a process which has accelerated since the end of 2013 with the launch of the Belt...
Northern Europe’s Strategic Challenge from Russia: What Political and Military Responses? Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 111, Ifri, October 2018
The return of more conflictual relations between Russia and the West following Russia’s intervention in Eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea has led to a deterioration in the strategic environment for Northern European countries, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region and the Arctic.
Moldova between Russia and the West: Internal Divisions behind the Commitment to European Integration Russie.NEI.Visions, No. 110, Ifri, August 2018
The traditional characterisation of Moldova as a bridge between two civilisations, Russian Orthodox and the West, seems to have become outdated.
Moscow’s Syria Campaign: Russian Lessons for the Art of Strategy Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 109, Ifri, July 2018
This monograph argues that the Syrian experience may leave a major imprint on Russian strategic thought and operational art.
Chutzpah and Realism: Vladimir Putin and the Making of Russian Foreign Policy Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 108, Ifri, June 2018
In the course of his presidency, Vladimir Putin has presided over a remarkable expansion of Russian foreign policy.
From Chechnya to Syria: The Evolution of Russia’s Counter-Terrorist Policy Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 107, Ifri, April 2018
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....
Russian Spetsnaz, Contractors and Volunteers in the Syrian Conflict Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 105, Ifri, December 2017
This article focuses on a little-explored aspect of Russia’s intervention in Syria: the new and diverse expeditionary forces engaged on the Syrian frontlines alongside Russian regular armed forces.