Ukraine’s conflict with Russia has highlighted the catastrophic state of Ukraine’s defense apparatus.
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.
France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...
New Order for Old Triangles? The Russia-China-India Matrix Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 100, Ifri, April 2017
As the US-led international system struggles under the strain of multiple challenges, the complex web of relations between Russia, China, and India will be critical to the formation of a new world order.
This paper analyses the phenomenon of “Kadyrovism” as a relatively coherent ideology which possesses its own internal logic and propaganda tools and which reflects the reality of Ramzan Kadyrov’s rule, based on submission to Vladimir Putin while also being marked by provocative acts directed...
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Soviet Union and the declaration of independence by the republics of Central Asia, the issue of guaranteeing stability and security still looms large on Central Asia’s agenda.
The article discusses Russia’s informational and digital strategy towards Europe. It focuses on its content, instruments, infrastructures and techniques.
Current hostilities between the United States, NATO and Russia, though they might not be at Cold War levels, do indicate real danger. NATO’s continued expansion toward the east and the deployment of defensive American antimissiles in Europe constitute serious strategic problems for Moscow.
Le monde selon Trump. Anticiper la nouvelle politique étrangère américaine Études de l'Ifri, November 2016
What will become of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? A selection of Ifri researchers has come together to offer their thoughts on this question. Our experts cover an array of topics through 14 contributions, ranging from the future Sino-American relations, through US engagement in the...
Russia and Central and Eastern Europe: between Confrontation and Collusion Russie.Nei.Visions, No 97, November 2016
Since the start of the Ukraine crisis in early 2014, the states of East Central Europe have become increasingly important targets of Russian economic, political and military pressure. Russia finds itself in the trajectory of geopolitical retreat on the Western “front”, and seeks to slow...
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...
Debate with Aleksander Voloshin, Chairman of the RAO-EES Russia Directors Board and former Chief of Staff (1999-2003).
Chairman: Thomas Gomart, directeur centre Russie/Nei, Ifri
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...
Will there be a significant change of policy, in Russia itself and in its foreign affairs, during Putin's third term as president?
BRUSSELS — Russia said Thursday that it might pledge up to $20 billion via the International Monetary Fund to help stabilize the euro, highlighting the effects of the sovereign debt crisis on Europe’s global influence....
Russia's blogosphere has until recently been largely written off as a politically blunt parallel space. The Facebook mobilisation of 50,000 protestors has challenged such assumptions, writes Julien Nocetti....
The clear dividing line between Russia’s state and nonstate higher education establishments is evident even in official statistics and national ratings. During the 1990s it became a cliché that the non-state universities could not offer a good level of training.
The latest international research report from Thomson Reuters says one thing about Russia: the country’s share in global scientific activities—publications or patents—is small and declining.