Center for Russia and Eurasia

The RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia (CRE) brings together experts from across RAND to shed light on the foreign policies, domestic developments, and economic relationships of the countries that succeeded the Soviet Union. Whether it's Russian defense planning, foreign investment in Ukraine, or assistance programs in Central Asia and the Caucasus, RAND researchers leverage multidisciplinary tools, deep regional knowledge, and a wealth of substantive expertise in economics, security, health, education, and other areas to improve understanding and policy both for those in the region and for those engaging it.

CRE also houses the RAND Business Leaders Forum (RBLF), a membership organization that convenes a select group of executives and policymakers from the United States, Russia, and Europe for confidential dialogue on the broad array of strategic issues that face their countries and their companies.

  • It's Time to Reboot Our Relationship with Russia and Iran's Neighbors

    Jul 28, 2015

    In implementing the prospective Iran nuclear agreement, the West cannot forget its engagement in the vulnerable South Caucasus. The Iran deal changes the equation for all three countries and perhaps opens new opportunities.

  • We Face a New, Dangerous Age of Nuclear Weapons Rivalry

    Jul 16, 2015

    Escalating competition among major powers is amplifying the role of nuclear weapons in defense policies, including more easily used — and thus especially dangerous — tactical nuclear forces. Before it becomes too late, the U.S. should design and lead a new campaign to control nuclear risk.

  • The Baltic Balance: How to Reduce the Chances of War in Europe

    Jul 2, 2015

    Recent announcements of increased U.S. military support in the Baltics are a positive step in addressing a major new challenge to European security.

  • Will Putin Gamble All on a Broader Ukraine Invasion?

    May 26, 2015

    If the Kremlin is contemplating further action in Ukraine, it faces a tough choice. The decision could have an enduring impact on Russia's fortunes.

  • How Durable Is the China-Russia 'Friendship?'

    May 13, 2015

    Though China and Russia share key economic interests and oppose what they claim to be a U.S.-dominated world order, their relationship over time promises to be uneven and tense.

  • Putin: Eyes Wide Shut

    Apr 20, 2015

    The Russia that the United States faces today is more assertive and more unpredictable—and thus, in many ways, more dangerous—than the Russia that the U.S. confronted during the latter part of the Cold War.

  • Ukraine Crisis Is a Geopolitical Game Changer

    Apr 17, 2015

    Russia's aggression abroad and repression at home have altered the basic assumptions of earlier Western policy. By misjudging the tolerance for aggression in Europe, Moscow is bringing on the encirclement it fears. The West is now better prepared to deal with any further aggression and more confident that Ukraine's future will be as part of an enlarged Europe.