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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.


Director of Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center

Dimitri MINIC

Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center 


Project Officer, Russia / Eurasia Center

Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center


Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center


Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center 

Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center


Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center and Geopolitics of Technologies Program

Florian VIDAL

Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center


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.


Of Russia’s 146 million citizens (if we include those in Crimea), 63 million—or 43 percent—are under 34 years of age. Of these, 30 million belong to Generation Y (millennials in their 20s and early 30s), 15 million belong to Gen Z (teenagers), and a further 18 million are part of the youngest...

By: Marlène LARUELLE, Ellen RIVERA

Like the proverbial cat, some concepts have several lives. Or, like the mythological phoenix, they can be reborn from the ashes. This is certainly the case of the Intermarium, a geopolitical concept that envisaged an alliance of countries reaching from the Baltic Sea over the Black Sea to the...

By: Vladislav INOZEMTSEV

The 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine take place against the backdrop of the continuing “hybrid war” with Russia, but are also marked by the visible successes of the Ukrainian leadership in strengthening the country’s defenses, reviving its economic growth and...

By: Nadège ROLLAND

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...


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.

Thursday 02 December 2010
from 17:00 to 18:30 - Conférences

Depuis le début de la décennie, la Russie manifeste une volonté de modifier son image au moyen d'outils de soft power. Cet effort de soft power et la préoccupation pour l'image projetée à l'extérieur n'ont cependant pas empêché le raidissement de la politique étrangère russe...

Thursday 04 June 2009
at 00:00 - External Events

Thomas Gomart, in the framework of the session " EU-Russia Co-operation: Protect Investments, Avoid Protectionism" with Elvira Nabiullina (Minister of Economic Development of Russia), Catherine Ashton (European Commissioner for Trade), Tony Hayward (Group CEO, BP p.l.c),...

Monday 15 September 2008
from 08:30 to 10:00 - Conférences

Breakfast debate with Ambassadeur Pierre Morel, special representative of the European Union for Central Asia, Oksana Antonenko, Senior Fellow, IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies) and Didier Chaudet, Research Fellow, Russia...

Thursday 15 May 2008
from 08:30 to 10:00 - Conférences

Breakfast-Debate with Natalya Narotchnitskaya, Duma Deputy, Researcher and author of Que reste-t-il de notre victoire? [What is Left of Our Victory?] (Paris, Editions des Syrtes, 2008), Georges Nivat, Rector of the International University of Lomonosov and...

Thursday 17 April 2008
from 08:30 to 10:00 - Conférences

With Marshall Goldman, Davis Professor of Russian Economics, Associate Director of Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Chairman: Dr Thomas Gomart, Head of the Russia/NIS Center, Ifri

In March 2000, when Vladimir Putin came to power...