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 Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, and Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Fellow. 


Multimedia on the Crisis in Ukraine:

Chance for Peace Now in Ukraine?
Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow

Act now, or face war in Ukraine
Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow

Is it Time to Bring Containment Back?
Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Fellow

Event Video: An Assessment of Russian Defense Capabilities and Security Strategy


The Russia and Eurasia Program engages in projects that provide research, analysis, assessment, and recommendations to government and non-government officials for action. Its substantive focus encompasses all the regions of the former Soviet Union.

The Russia and Eurasia Program also undertakes projects that examine pivotal and timely issues affecting Eastern Europe and Central Asia such as economic development , energy, democratization, HIV/AIDS, and human rights abuses. The program raises awareness of issues related to these topics; investigates their causes, nature, and local and international consequences, and proposes potential solutions through a variety of meetings, seminars and publications.

Alongside its projects and policy work, the program builds and maintains strategic networks of scholars and experts for its various initiatives.

More information about our projects and access to program publications can be found on the Russia & Eurasia program publication page.


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    CSIS Resources on Crisis in Ukraine

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    The Russia Balance Sheet provides comprehensive, balanced, and accurate information on all key aspects of Russia’s developments and their implications for the United States.


    The RBS speaker series, hosted in Washington, D.C., brings some of Russia’s most insightful thought leaders and emerging political figures to discuss the core challenges for Russian foreign and domestic policies during the next presidential term and beyond.

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    The North Caucasus research project seeks to deepen the understanding of the factors contributing to rising instability, violence and social discontent in the North Caucasus

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    The Northern Distribution Network project analyzes the risks and opportunities associated with new and potential supply lines into Afghanistan.

  • US-Russian partnership on global health

    The Eurasia Health Project aims to achieve mutual understanding and progress in US-Russian partnership on global health.

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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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    This project is developing a comprehensive assessment of the geostrategic impact of evolving relations between these three pivotal countries and the implications for the United States.

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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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