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.

  • Time to Bury Plans for Counterterrorism Cooperation with Russia in Syria

    Sep 23, 2016

    As two botched airstrikes this week indicate, U.S. counterterrorism cooperation with Russia is just too risky and probably wasn't feasible in the first place. There is too little faith between the two countries for meaningful cooperation in this area.

  • Syria Cease-Fire Should Ban Chemical Weapons

    Sep 15, 2016

    The United States and Russia negotiated an agreement to suspend fighting in Syria and get relief supplies to trapped civilians. They should not miss an opportunity to regularly and forcefully draw a red line on the use of toxic chemicals as weapons.

  • Russian Propaganda Is Pervasive, and America Is Behind the Power Curve in Countering It

    Sep 13, 2016

    Even as Washington pursues cooperation with Moscow on Syria and other issues, America should expose Russia's obsession with propaganda and disinformation.

  • Wargaming the Defense of the Baltics

    Sep 8, 2016

    Russia's incursion into Ukraine has caused alarm in the Baltic States, all of which were once part of the Soviet Union. In light of the Russian threat, RAND conducted a series of wargames and found that NATO was incapable of repelling an invasion of some Baltic capitals. This research suggests that it is possible to change the Kremlin's calculus and avoid a rapid takeover of the Baltics with a force of seven brigades, including three heavy armored brigades.

  • NATO's Northeastern Flank – Emerging Opportunities for Engagement

    Sep 8, 2016

    Russia's increasingly assertive actions have also raised concern beyond the Baltics. Other NATO allies in Central and Eastern Europe and non-NATO allies in the Nordic region are alarmed by unannounced Russian exercises, aerial incursions, military modernization, and anti-Western rhetoric. RAND assessed opportunities for engagement in regions where Russia is active and found that new prospects for deeper partnership are emerging with Poland, Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic States.

  • The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model: Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It

    Sep 8, 2016

    Russia has taken advantage of technology and media that were not available during the Cold War to raise its propaganda game. Key features of the Russian propaganda model are a high volume of messages and a penchant to disseminate half-truths and lies. Research indicates that Russian tactics can be countered by forewarning audiences of misinformation or reaching them first with the truth, among other steps.

  • The West Must Do Far More to Keep Putin at Bay

    Aug 27, 2016

    Russia is more willing than the West to use military power, even though it has less of it. The West should reconsider whether its efforts to deter Russian military interference are enough.