Russia and Eurasia
‘Eurasia’ is a term that covers the former Soviet republics. This is a conflict-ridden area of major importance, not least as regards energy supplies.
The Russian Federation is the dominant country in this region, which includes the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the trans-Caucasian republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, many conflicts have erupted in this area: Abkhazia and South Ossetia battling for independence from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan seeking control over Nagorno-Karabakh – and Russia and Ukraine in conflict over the Crimean peninsula.
Russia’s foreign policy is a central theme in NUPI’s research on Russia and Eurasia. Also important are energy and economic issues, given Russia’s standing as a major producer of oil and gas. Other priority research fields are ethnicity, nation-building, nationalism and national identity, as well as democracy and human rights.
Source: Store Norske Leksikon and NUPI.
News about Russia and Eurasia
6 Dec 2019
PODCAST: Ramzan Kadyrov’s reign in Chechnya has cast a wave of fear and oppression across this Russian republic. What does that mean for the people living there, and for those who have fled the region in fear? And why don’t we talk more about this in the West?
28 Aug 2019
One of the main observations from the research is that nobody really knows what a BRI project is and what it is not.
Publications about Russia and Eurasia
: Academic lecture
: Popular scientific lecture
2020Climate change and declining sea-ice in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) has brought concerns that fish stocks may expand into the high Arctic. While the sub-Arctic seas of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic have abundant fish resources subject to major commercial fisheries for generations, the CAO...
Research projects about Russia and Eurasia
Foto: Alexei Druzhinin/NTB Scanpix
PATRON AND CLIENT: Russian President Vladimir Putin and former leader of Abkhazi, Raul Khadzhimba, during a press conference in 2017.2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Almost all de facto states that survive for some time have a powerful 'patron' that provides security guarantees and economic support. Too often this has resulted in the de facto states simply...
Foto: Peter Ashley/Creative Commons/CC BY 2.0
2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)
How can liberal open societies reap the benefits of open economies, but at the same time protect their legitimate security interests? In the project “Consequences of Investments for National Security”...
Foto: Greg Westfall/Creative Commons/CC BY 2.0
2019 - 2022 (Ongoing)
This project will examine whether Russian energy actors are aware of the possibility of swift decarbonization of the global energy supply, what consequences they think it would have for demand for Russian...