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.

  • Reinforcing Deterrence on NATO's Eastern Flank

    Feb 2, 2016

    The U.S. plans to send more heavy weapons and armored vehicles to American and NATO forces in Central and Eastern Europe in an effort to deter Russia from further aggression in the region. In a series of wargames, RAND researchers examined the threat Russia may present to the Baltic republics and found that as currently postured, NATO could not defend the territory.

  • The Tide Is Going Out on Putin

    Jan 25, 2016

    Russia is losing ground in domestic politics, economics, and foreign policy. It could take steps to strengthen its position, such as withdrawing from Ukraine, privatizing inefficient state enterprises, and improving the investment climate.

  • Troubling Truth Beneath Litvinenko Headlines

    Jan 21, 2016

    Slipping radioactive material into a spy's tea in the middle of London may not sound like a CBRN attack, but it is, as the Owen report has confirmed. Hopefully, the report's release will help focus global attention on the growing threat posed by these devastating weapons.

  • How China's New Russian Air Defense System Could Change Asia

    Jan 21, 2016

    The Russian S-400 TRIUMF surface to air missile entered the media spotlight when Moscow deployed the system after Turkey's shoot-down of a Russian plane near the Syria border on Thanksgiving Day. This episode demonstrated the S-400's potential as a weapon with strategic effects, a role that China may seek to exploit in future crises.

  • The Strange Debates of Strategy

    Jan 14, 2016

    The United States and its allies confront a specific form of statecraft; not new, but real and relevant. And most observers who have looked at the problem tend to agree that the U.S. is ill-prepared for such tactics, in part because it simply has not thought of them as a coherent approach worthy of a tailored response.

  • Artillery Returns to the Battlefield in the War Against ISIL

    Jan 11, 2016

    Together with increased air attacks, the Syrians and their Russian advisors seek to revitalize combined arms forces, and artillery is critical to their vision of such forces.

  • Georgia Needs Support from the U.S. and the West

    Jan 5, 2016

    Georgia is poised to make big changes to reinvigorate its democracy and economy, but it needs support to deter risks and advance progress. With one-fifth of its territory occupied by Russia and facing risks every day, Georgia needs more Western aid, including military training, technology, and defensive arms.