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Post-Soviet Russia has gradually asserted itself as an imperial and anti-Western power, representing a threat to the independence of its Eurasian neighbors, as well as to the post-Cold War international order. The Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 is the culmination of this behavior, with both regional and global consequences. Now cut off and isolated from the Euro-Atlantic space, Russia is seeking to deepen its partnership with China and to turn towards non-Western worlds, especially in Asia and Africa. In the Eurasian space, historically dominated by Russia, the war amplifies centrifugal tendencies. The speed and depth of the transformations underway require constant and precise monitoring of the internal and external policies of the countries in the area.

Founded in 2005 at Ifri, the Russia/Eurasia Center produces research and organizes debates on Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Its objective is to understand and anticipate the evolution of this complex and rapidly changing region in order to enrich the public debate in France and Europe, and to assist in strategic, political and economic decision-making. Over time, the Russia/Eurasia Center has developed a network of contacts from institutions and civil society in the countries of the Eurasian space, and has established multiple partnerships with research institutes in Europe and around the world.

The digital collection Russia.Eurasia.Visions (formerly Russia.Nei.Visions), published by the Center, has become a reference point, with articles published in three languages (French, English and Russian). Relying on a network of leading experts and promising young researchers, it offers original analyses intended for public and private decision-makers, researchers, as well as for a wider public interested in the area.

Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN

Director of Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center

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Dimitri MINIC

Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center 

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Anne SOUIN

Project Officer, Russia / Eurasia Center

Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center

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Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center

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Julien NOCETTI

Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia and Geopolitics of Technologies Centers

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Florian VIDAL

Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center

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16/12/2021

Russia’s Islam has been much more than the two Chechen wars, and regular terrorist actions that have shaken the Russian territory. Islam constitutes an integral part of Russia’s history and culture, and the Putin regime regularly celebrates Islam’s contribution to the country and its great...

23/09/2021
By: Sergey SUKHANKIN

Since 2014, Russia’s policies toward Kaliningrad Oblast—its westernmost region located between Lithuania and Poland and physically cut off from Russia’s main body—have undergone notable transformation. One crucial change was the inception of a policy aimed at remilitarization, which has...

28/06/2021
By: Kalev STOICESCU, (ed.) , Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, Liana FIX, Artūrs BIKOVS, Agnieszka LEGUCKA, Keir GILES

This report analyses Western-Russian relations and proposes a way forward for conducting dialogue with Russia. It offers an analysis of Russia’s relations with NATO and the EU, an overview of the bilateral relations of various Western countries with Russia, a glimpse of China’s role, and an...

03/05/2021

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.

08/12/2020

When analyzing the global state of play around artificial intelligence (AI), Russia so far looks like an “outsider” compared to the two technological leaders, the United States and China.

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2016
Monday 10 October 2016
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The Ukrainian crisis buried 25 years of attempts by Russia to become part of an "extended West" or "Wider Europe". Despite obvious differences between Russian presidents since Boris Yeltsin, the conceptual course in favour of "integration" with Europe remained unchallenged, although...

10/02/2021
By: Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, quoted by Michael Peel, Guy Chazan, Henry Foy and Victor Mallet in the Financial Times

Kremlin stance is blow to European countries which favour outreach to Moscow. Russia’s combative treatment of the EU’s top diplomat during a landmark trip there has triggered a political outcry — but little expectation that the European bloc will end divisions over how to handle the Kremlin.<...>

11/02/2020
By: Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, quoted by Anna Myroniuk on Kyiv Post

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written based on the experience of Kyiv Post staff writer Anna Myroniuk, a native of Donetsk, on a trip to Paris at the invitation of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which sponsored a visit by Ukrainian journalists in early February. In Paris, the...