Russia and Eurasia Program

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Exploring political, economic, social, and foreign policy issues related to Russia and other former Soviet states in Europe, 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.


Commentary: Unpacking Russia's New National Security Strategy by Olga Oliker

Commentary: Best of Enemies: The Russia-Turkey Confrontation beyond Syria by Jeffrey Mankoff

Article: Sino-Russian Defense Relations Intensify by Paul Schwartz for the ASAN Forum

Commentary: Ukraine's Success - or Failure - is Up to Ukraine by Olga Oliker

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

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.


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