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Russia and Eurasia

The Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) conducts research and analysis on the political, economic and social developments in Russia and its neighbors.

The programme serves as a hub for researchers, experts and students who share an interest in Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe. The objective is to meet the need for knowledge of the region by conducting and supporting teaching, research and the dissemination of information in cooperation with academia, state administration and society as a whole.

The programme's research primarily revolves around the political and economic development in Russia and its neighbors, the relation between culture and politics in Russia, security in the Baltic Sea region, the development in Central Asia and the Caucasus, protest movements and their dynamics, the consequences of sanctions and judicial conflicts between Russia and EU countries.

In several of these fields, the programme collaborates with other programmes at the institute.

An important point of departure for the research is that an understanding of the outside world must be based on a multidisciplinary foundation, which includes studies in politics, economics, defense, security, history and culture.

Research on the countries in the East has been conducted at the Institute since 1938. A Russia programme was established in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Today, the Russia and Eurasia programme focuses on issues that are of relevance for Swedish and European foreign and security policy, which includes the regional and domestic development in Russia and its neighboring countries.

UI editors and communication specialists at the institute work together with the programme to share findings and analysis to the general public through cooperation with the media, the country data base (, the journal Världspolitikens dagsfrågor (in Swedish and only in hard copy) and UI's online forum for opinion and analysis Utrikesmagasinet (in Swedish and English). 


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