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La cathédrale Saint-Basil et la tour Spasskaya du Kremlin de Moscou et le coucher de soleil d'été avec des nuages colorés

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.


Director of Ifri's Russia-NIS Center


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

Florian VIDAL

Associate Fellow, Russia/NIS Center


The Ukrainian crisis has brought to light the key role played by new international networks as instruments of public diplomacy in time of war. Focusing on RT and Ukraine Today in the asymmetrical conflict between Russia and Ukraine, this article analyzes the operation and strategies of...

By: Ekaterina STEPANOVA

This report seeks to explain the main trends in Russia’s evolving Afghanistan policy, with the focus on its regionalization, diversification, and new emphasis on diplomacy that culminated in Moscow regional peace consultations. It argues that none of Russia’s Afghanistan-related concerns can...

By: Thomas GOMART, Marc HECKER, (eds.)

How can we define Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy since he took office? After Nicolas Sarkozy’s brazen style of “gutsy diplomacy” and François Hollande’s “normal diplomacy”, the eighth president of the Fifth Republic seems to have opted for an agile classicism. In substance, he makes no claim...


The struggle against terrorism is supposed to be one part of security policy in which Russia has every necessary capability and know-how, and its special services can draw on vast experience without encountering the legal and institutional constraints that often interfere with Western efforts....

Thursday 22 March 2012
from 11:45 to 13:30 - Dinners and Luncheons

Déjeuner débat réservé aux entreprises membres de l'Ifri, sur invitation personnelle.

Avec Thomas Gomart, directeur du Centre Russie/NEI eet du Développement stratégique, Ifri

Réélu avec 63 % des suffrages au premier tour, Vladimir Poutine commence un troisième mandat...

Thursday 30 June 2011
from 12:45 to 14:30 - Dinners and Luncheons

The next Russian president will take up office in one year's time. With a mandate now fixed at six years, his vision for the country will be implemented to 2018. Russia's development model and its implications for the country's international position are subject to more or less open debate...

Wednesday 15 December 2010
from 08:00 to 17:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Depuis quelques années, l'enseignement supérieur russe est en pleine restructuration. Le gouvernement russe a lancé la création des "universités nationales de recherche", leaders dans leurs domaines respectifs, et des "universités fédérales", à vocation régionale. L'Ifri accueille quatre de...

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...

Wednesday 18 November 2009 to Friday 20 November 2009
from Wednesday 18 November 2009 23:00 to Friday 20 November 2009 23:00 - External Events

Tatiana Kastueva-Jean in the framework of the 996 Wilton Park Conference, 'Dialogue with Russia: Moving from a Resource Based to a Knowledge Based Economy', November 20th, 2009.

By: Thomas GOMART,   dans The Economist

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...