Russia and Eurasia Program

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Exploring the political, economic, social, and foreign policy issues in the geopolitical region of Russia and the former Soviet states in Central Asia and the Caucasus

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The Russia and Eurasia Program is led by Olga Oliker, Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program.


The Ukraine Crisis Timeline features more than a year's worth of content, 520 posts, 100,000 words, and over 57,000 readers reached.

ICYMI : Watch Paul Schwartz, Anna Borshchevskaya, Michael Kofman, and Stephen Blank discuss Russia's strategy in the Middle East during the most recent Russian Military Forum event.

New Article : Jeffrey Mankoff discusses Russian policy in Syria in Foreign Affairs and The Huffington Post.

New Report - Russia's Contribution to China's Surface Warfare Capability: Feeding the Dragon by Paul Schwartz, Senior Associate.

New Reports - Five country studies on Central Asia in a Reconnecting Eurasia by Andrew C. Kuchins,Jeffrey Mankoff, Oliver Backes, and Aitolkyn Kourmanova
- Kazakhstan
- Kyrgyzstan
- Tajikistan
- Turkmenistan
- Uzbekistan

Multimedia on the Crisis in Ukraine:


The Russia and Eurasia Program engages in research projects that provide analysis, assessment, and recommendations to government, non-profit, and private sector officials. The Program’s geographic focus is Eurasia, a region encompassing not just the former Soviet Union, but the entire supercontinent from Europe to East Asia and Russia to India. We most closely follow Russia and the other 11 post-Soviet states, but we must widen our geographic ambit to understand the interests and actions of these states.

The Program carries out research on issues affecting Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Russia, and Eurasia as a whole. Major areas of focus include economic development, trade and transit, regional security, terrorism, defense and high technology, and energy, among others. The Program also analyzes the political and economic relationships between the states of the former Soviet Union and other critical geopolitical actors, including the United States, the European Union, and the states of Northeast Asia, South Asia, and the Greater Middle East.

Through its publications, public and private conferences, meetings, and seminars, the Program investigates the causes, nature, and local and international consequences of issues in its substantive area of focus, and proposes pragmatic solutions.


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    The Crisis in Ukraine page will allow you access to all of CSIS’s research, analysis, and multimedia on the situation in Ukraine, including the Ukraine Crisis Timeline and the Crisis in Ukraine iTunes U course.

  • The Eurasia Initiative analyzes the regional economic policies and security strategies of the eight states of the South Caucasus and Central Asia within the context of a reconnecting Eurasia.

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    The Russia 2025 Project is a rigorous and multidisciplinary analysis of potential Russian futures, taking into account the series of economic, political, demographic, and other challenges that will test the durability of Russia’s existing political structure.

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    The Russia’s Asia Pivot research project analyzes the factors driving Russia’s push to expand its influence in Asia, as well as the possible implications for the region and for the United States.

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    The Russian Defense and High Technology Project presents in-depth analysis of the Russian and Eurasian militaries and defense industries.

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    The project on North Caucasus and Russian Islam examines the impact of growing Muslim populations in Russia and the factors contributing to rising instability, violence, and social discontent in the North Caucasus.

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    This blog provides in depth coverage and analysis of developments throughout the region with original content by members and guest commentary from experts.

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    Past projects from the Russia and Eurasia Program.


  • Jun 30, 2014

    By Paul N. Schwartz

    In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly approved in principle the sale of the S-400 air defense system to China. [1] The S-400 (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) is currently Russia’s most advanced air defense platform, and thus far has been reserved exclusively for the Russian military.

  • Jun 25, 2014

    By Paul N. Schwartz

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    When Sergei Shoigu was appointed Minister of Defense on November 6, 2012, Russia was in the midst of its most sweeping military reforms since World War II. These reforms were undertaken largely in response to the 2008 Georgia War, when organizational, readiness and equipment problems seriously impeded military performance. The goal of reform was and is to develop a military better suited for modern warfare. Shoigu was assigned to carry through on reform efforts begun by his predecessor, Anatoly Serdiukov. Since Shoigu has now completed eighteen months in office, we can better assess whether he is on track to accomplish the mission.

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