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Russian Foreign Policy and Security

Vladimir Putin with Sergey Lavrov. 23.03.2016
Vladimir Putin with Sergey Lavrov. 23.03.2016

The Foreign Policy and Security research axis whithin Ifri's Russia / NIS Center of research analyses the relations of Russia and the New Independent States with the rest of the world, with a special focus on security issues. 


Director of Ifri's Russia-NIS Center


Associate Research Fellow, Russia / NIS Center 

Dimitri MINIC

Research 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


The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is at a crossroads. Over the course of France's EU Presidency the Union of the Mediterranean will be launched and the Polish-Swedish proposal for an "Eastern Partnership" will be elaborated upon. These initiatives challenge the ENP and cast doubt over...

By: Dominique FINON

The threat of a gas-OPEC, waved around by certain big producers, has given rise to much fear in consuming countries. The behavior of Russia, a key exporter, has made it seem as though gas sales could be used as a political weapon. In truth, the creation of an entente between exporting...


The visit by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Russia (October 2007) and the future French Presidency of the European Union (in the second half of 2008) call for a reflection on Franco-Russian relations and their structure within the broader framework of Russia-Europe relations. In the...

By: Nadejda ARBATOVA

One of the main problems in relations between Russia and the European Union (EU) is the absence of strategic goals. Russia, having played a critical role in ending the Cold War, has neither found its place in the strategy of EU expansion nor in that of NATO. In 2007, the active Partnership and...


L'évaluation de la politique russe de Paris est nourrie d'interprétations contradictoires d'une Russie qui ne peut être vue ni comme une démocratie de type " gaulliste ", ni comme un régime " tchékiste ". Le bilatéralisme de la " relation privilégiée " atteint d'évidentes limites. La France...


France"s Russia policy is at the end of an arc that began in 1998. At that time, France and Germany paired with Russia diplomatically in what is known as the Yekaterinburg Triangle, named after the Russian city where it was initially formed, to accommodate Russia"s unique position in Europe...


Russia is now in the final negotiation phase regarding its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Discussions have been held over the past fourteen years and have contributed indisputably to the transformation of the Russian economy and the modernization of its legislature. If there...

By: Jean-Pierre MASSIAS

In 1996, the Russian Federation joined the Council of Europe both in spite of and owing to its democratic failings. Accession was, in fact, seen as a step toward democratic conversion. Ten years an, as the Council is presided by Russia for the first time, an initial appraisal can be made using...

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