In recent years, Russia has focused on developing its relations with Southeast Asia, particularly in the areas of economic ties and arms sales.
Russia / NIS
Russia—as a great power, an emerging market and an energy heavyweight—is intriguing. Both Russia and the post-Soviet space tend to be somewhat volatile and impenetrable.
The Russia/NIS Center, however, casts light on this region. Created in 2004, it anticipates new developments, enriches public debate and empowers decision-making on issues related to Russia and the New Independent States (NIS).
The Center regularly publishes papers on a wide array of themes, from central issues (such as the interaction between foreign policy and energy policy) to topics that are more innovative in France such as the Russian government’s attitude to internet governance, and the competitiveness of Russian universities.
The Center’s digital collection Russie.Nei.Visions (set up in 2005 and available in Russian, English and French) has become an important resource. Its analyses are widely disseminated via social networks and our researchers have a strong presence in French and international media.
Since the Center’s fouding, Ifri has hosted several top political representatives and key economic players in the Russian/NIS space. Attendees at Ifri’s seminars and conferences, include former Ukrainian presidents V. Yushchenko and V. Yanukovych, former Georgian president M. Saakashvili and Russian Minister for Economic Development A. Ulyukayev.
The Center maintains a strong presence in the field, staying close to public authorities and multinational firms in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) area. It has also developed many partnerships with think tanks and research institutes in Europe, the United States, China, Japan and the post-Soviet space.
Kremlin-Linked Forces in Ukraine’s 2019 Elections: On the Brink of Revenge? Russie.Nei.Reports, No. 25, Ifri, February 2019
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...
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.
In Helsinki, Putin Can Grant Trump Great Success, of Sorts Order from Chaos, Brookings' blog, July 16, 2018
The July 16, 2018, face-to-face between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is both entirely natural and extremely unconventional, very encouraging and deeply disturbing.
Tailored Assurance: Balancing Deterrence and Disarmament in Responding to NATO-Russia Tension Proliferation Papers, No. 59, July 2018
The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) called for tailoring assurance across America’s allies, including NATO, as part of an overall deterrence and assurance strategy.
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.
The Russia-US Relationship: from Cold War to Cold War II? Closed-Door Roundtable - By Personal and Non-Transferrable Invitation
A closed seminar organized by the Russia/NIS Centre, with Robert LEGVOLD, Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University
Russia’s Foreign Policy: Offensive or Defensive Stance? Closed-Door Seminar - By personal invitation
A closed seminar organized by the Russia/NIS Centre, with Fyodor LUKYANOV, Editor in Chief of the journal "Russia in Global Affairs", Chairman of Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Moscow).
These luncheon-debates are dedicated to corporate and individual benefactor members. By personal invitation only.
Myths of Russian Energy Policy : Gas Deal with China, South Stream and relations with the EU Closed Seminar
By personal invitation only...
German-Russian economic and political relations after the Ukrainian crisis: What kind of partnership?
The Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) and the Russia/NIS Center at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) organize an informal meeting with Stephen Szabo, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy - GMF who has...
7 april 2015 from 18:30 at 20:30...
Debate chaired by Thierry de Montbrial, President, Ifri.
A luncheon debate with Thomas GOMART, Vice President for Strategic Development, Ifri....
Seminar organized by the Study Committee for Franco-German Relations (Cerfa) and the Russia/NIS Center
3 questions to Stephen SZABO, Executive Director, Transatlantic Academy.
Russia's Pivot to Asia. Assessment and Strategic Implications. - Interview with Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center
Russia's Pivot to Asia. Assessment and Strategic Implications.
Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, analyses the factors driving Russia’s push to expand its influence in Asia. Interview recorded at the French institute of international relations on 15 April 2016.
"Past year has been marked not only with the Ukrainian crisis and unprecedented tensions in political relations between Russia and the West, but also with somewhat radical change of Moscow’s approach to international energy affairs. Widely promoted new energy partnerships...
Disputed rocks and Beijing’s bad behavior in the South China Sea dominate the headlines these days. But there’s another showdown over disputed islands in the Pacific that is increasingly casting a shadow over Asia-Pacific security: a bitter fight between Japan and Russia over the Kurils...
"U.S. Foreign Policy and the Ukrainian Turmoil" Jeffrey Mankoff, Fellow and Deputy Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS
The speakers from the Annual Conference on the United States summarize their talks in short videos. Here, Jeff Mankoff analyzes the strategies put in place by the United States with hopes of containing the situation in Ukraine.
The weekend meeting between the French and Russian presidents has given France a chance to become "the new Germany" for Russia, which lost its last Western ally after a falling-out with official Berlin, analysts say....
Fyodor Lukyanov (Russia in Global Affairs) and Thomas Graham (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University) participated in the seminar “Germany, France and the United States: Towards a Renewed Transatlantic Dialog” which took place on November 17 and 18, 2014 at...
Rebel commander Alexander Zakharchenko smiled only slightly on hearing that he had won this weekend's elections in Donetsk, Ukraine (pictured). The results were never in doubt: Mr Zakharchenko's nominal opponents openly supported him, and his face was the only one on...