Center for Russia and Eurasia

RAND pioneered research on the former Soviet Union. Today, the RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia (CRE) analyzes the foreign, defense, and economic policies of Russia and the Newly Independent States and assists political and economic change within them. Researchers examine underlying social and demographic trends in the region and the implications of developments within the former Soviet Union for international security.

A key facet of this collaboration is the RAND Business Leaders Forum, a membership organization that facilitates in-depth discussions among leading corporate executives from Russia, the United States, and Europe of strategic opportunities and challenges in the development of economic and business relations.

  • One Day in the Life of Russia

    Sep 23, 2014

    Russia faces major challenges, some self-inflicted. Freedoms vital to the creation of a modern civil society are declining. Dominant, state-controlled energy and aerospace companies are losing ground, weakening a strained economy.

  • Crimean Adventure Will Cost Russia Dearly

    Sep 8, 2014

    Moscow may have overreached, as it appears ill-prepared to come up with the necessary funds to cover Crimea-related costs. Infrastructure improvements, development aid, government operations, and other costs will be a multi-billion drain — as much as $4.5 billion per year — on Russia's already strained budget.

  • The Damage Already Done in Ukraine

    Sep 8, 2014

    The conflict in Ukraine calls for capable diplomacy, open channels of communication, and clear strategies. At least the latter two appear to be absent, but they can be developed in time. Ending the conflict, however, calls for clear mutual intent to solve problems, build trust, and move forward.

  • A Dispatch from the Ukrainian Front

    Sep 5, 2014

    If Putin sought advice about what NATO is thinking, his Russian Western Front Military commander might say that given its current political indecisiveness and lack of military readiness, NATO lacks the capability to launch a credible intervention, but they should watch for changes in the alliance posture.

  • A Diplomatic Solution for Ukraine

    Aug 27, 2014

    Despite uncertainty about Russian military plans and the outcome of Ukrainian operations against pro-Russian separatists, it's not too soon to consider how to lay the foundations for a negotiated solution. If Moscow were unwilling to reach a fair settlement, the West would have options to increase its leverage.

  • Make Russia an Offer on Ukraine It Can't Refuse

    Aug 20, 2014

    An international initiative that does not appear to emanate from NATO or the EU could help bring Russia to the table, in part by accepting that Moscow, too, has a role. An international peacekeeping force could open the way for a negotiated end to the conflict.

  • NATO's Crucial Summit

    Aug 15, 2014

    President Obama can take action now to ensure the September NATO summit in Wales underscores transatlantic resolve and capability in the face of Russian aggression and provide the strong, decisive U.S. leadership NATO needs in this time of crisis.