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New Independent States

Kiev / Minsk / Astana
Kiev / Minsk / Astana

The New Independent States research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center analyses the evolutions of New Independent States (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaïdjan, Kazakhstan, Ouzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tadjikistan and Kirghizistan) and of their relations with the Russian Federation.


Director of Ifri's Russia-NIS Center


Associate Research Fellow, Russia / NIS Center 

Florian VIDAL

Associate Fellow, Russia/NIS Center


Project Officer, Russia/NIS Center

Pavel BAEV

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center


Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center

Bobo LO

Associate Research Fellow, Russia/NIS Center


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


From the reestablishment of an Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan by the Taliban to the war in Ukraine, not forgetting climate change, the most serious international crises, whether circumstantial or systemic, are having a severe impact on connectivity in Central Asia with regard to transport,...


The two years preceding the Russian invasion of Ukraine suggested that Russia had adopted a measured policy toward the post-Soviet space. Faced with social protests in Belarus, a coup in Kyrgyzstan, the victory of pro-European president Maia Sandu in Moldova, the second war in Nagorno-Karabakh...


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...

Friday 10 March 2023
from 13:30 to 18:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

One year after the beginning of the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine, the second France-Ukraine Forum will host political officials, experts, academics, and association members from both countries to discuss three main issues: military aspects and scenarios for ending the war;...

Friday 08 April 2022
from 10:30 to 11:30 - Videoconferences

More than a month after the start of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, Igor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, will speak on the current military situation and the prospects for...

Thursday 25 November 2021
from 15:00 to 16:00 - Videoconferences

Since 2014, Ukraine's territorial integrity and security have been challenged by Russia's annexation of Crimea and by the conflict in Donbas. Military maneuvers in spring and October 2021 have raised the threat of open armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv, on the other hand,...

Thursday 12 March 2015
from 09:00 to 13:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

In May 2015 will be held in Riga the forth summit of the Eastern Partnership, an initiative of the European Union launched in 2009 for six post-Soviet States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine). The current situation is clearly marked by the Ukrainian crisis and an...

By: Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, collaborated with Mykhailo Minakov, Thomas Graham and Jan C. Behrends for the Wilson Center

After the recent intensification of dialogue between official Kyiv and President Biden’s administration, in the wake of the rising threat to Ukraine posed by Russia and in anticipation of President Biden’s visit to the UK and EU, President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team...