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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

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.

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 - Conférences

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 - Conférences

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...

Thursday 17 April 2008
from 08:30 to 10:00 - Conférences

With Marshall Goldman, Davis Professor of Russian Economics, Associate Director of Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Chairman: Dr Thomas Gomart, Head of the Russia/NIS Center, Ifri

In March 2000, when Vladimir Putin came to power...

Thursday 14 June 2007
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Conférences

Conference-debate with Nino Burzhanadze, President of the georgian Parliament.
Chairman: Thierry de Montbrial

In May 2006, Ifri welcomed Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia who came to explain his strategy about euro-atlantic integration...

By: Julien NOCETTI,   dans Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication

April 2014 was a particularly bitter month for Russian internet users and the local internet industry. President Vladimir Putin unsurprisingly made headlines when, at the Media Forum in St. Petersburg, he publicly labeled the internet as a “CIA project” and launched an...