Russia and Eurasia | Wilson Center

Russia and Eurasia

Russian Diasporas After 2014: A Conversation with George F. Kennan Fellow Igor Zevelev

Igor Zevelev is a George F. Kennan Fellow with the Kennan Institute. We recently spoke to him about his research on Russia's policies towards Russians in neighboring states after the annexation of Crimea.

Describe your background and what brought you to the Wilson Center.

KennanX Episode 2: "Nuclear Insecurity: Should New START Die?"

There are approximately 1,500 Russian nuclear warheads aimed at the U.S. The U.S. has about the same number aimed at Russia.

Ethnic Interest Group Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy: The Armenian, Ukrainian, and Baltic Experiences

The past 25 years has witnessed a growing scholarly interest in the role of ethnic interest groups, or diasporas, in the conceptualization of America’s foreign policy. In particular, the demise of the Soviet Union has created a need for a more systematized look at the effect of post-Soviet immigrant-ethnic communities on America’s posture toward post-communist states. Of particular interest is mobilization of ethnic diasporas in the U.S. during periods of active conflict within their respective countries of origin.

On the Horizon | What to Expect in 2020 Wilson Center Experts Weigh In

In a world marked by complexity, volatility, and a din of competing agendas, the Wilson Center is the nation’s indispensable resource for decoding today’s most pressing foreign policy challenges. Leveraging its global expertise and perspective, award-winning scholarship and analysis, and a fiercely nonpartisan spirit, the Center informs actionable ideas for policymakers across the political spectrum.

Kennan Cable No. 46: Greater Eurasia: Russia's Asian Fantasy

Is there a grand strategy that informs Russia’s activities abroad and, if so, what is it? For years it seemed that President Putin based his foreign policy mainly on his 2005 statement to the Russian nation that the collapse of the Soviet empire “was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” The task of Russian policy was therefore to reclaim by whatever means necessary as much control over former Soviet territories as possible. This led to his seizure of Georgian territory in 2008, his Crimean grab of 2014, and his armed incursions into eastern Ukraine in 2014-2019.

Russia in the Middle East at a Time of Growing Tensions: A View from Israel

As the targeted killing of Qassem Suleimani is reshaping power alignments in the Middle East, Russia is determined not to let its influence in the region weaken. From Russian weapons deliveries to Turkey and Iran, to the civilian nuclear reactor the Kremlin is helping Egypt build, to Vladimir Putin’s recent surprise visit to Syria: all of these are meant to send a message of the Kremlin’s intention to remain a player in the region. What are Russia’s strategic objectives in this moment of change? Is Russia looking to fill the power vacuum left by a weakening Iran?

The Eurasian Economic Union at Five: Great Expectations and Hard Times


On the first day of 2020, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), an economic union comprising Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, entered its sixth year. Though half a decade is not long enough to accomplish the Herculean task of integrating five economies, the almost pervasive disappointment with the EEU makes the effort look increasingly Sisyphean. The anniversary of its founding offers an opportunity to review EEU’s history, performance, and prospects.

Origin and Promise

Moscow’s Post-Soviet Integration Dreams: History, Economics Play Roles


Russian president Vladimir Putin hosted leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in an informal summit in Saint Petersburg on December 20. The format of this year’s gathering was a bit different from previous years as the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) also arrived in Saint Petersburg to make it a joint informal summit of the EEU and the CIS.