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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

Florian VIDAL

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

By: Richard SAKWA

The paper examines the reasons for the poor state of relations between Russia and the United Kingdom, providing a brief historical and political account of why relations have deteriorated. The various options facing the UK after Brexit, and within this framework the ambiguity of current...


In the week following Trump’s election, Ifri published a study to identify the likely changes in U.S. foreign policy. From the outset, this election appeared as a change in the U.S.’ trajectory, with consequences on the power relations and functioning of the international system.


By reinforcing hostility between Russia and the West, the Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on the limits and contradictions of any Russo-Japanese rapprochement. Russia has grown more dependent on China, just as Japan has become more reliant on the United States.

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 - Ifri Conferences

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.

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 - Ifri Conferences

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 - Ifri Conferences

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...