Russia and Europe: geopolitics and geo-economics

Led by Pavel K. Baev
May 2011

 My research on the evolving pattern of relations between Russia and Europe combines geopolitical and geo-economic analyses with security studies. It is generally conducted within PRIO's Euro-SIP led by Ola Tunander.

Key partners in this research are the Carnegie Moscow Center, the Finnish Institute for International Affairs (UPI-FIIA), the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Netherlands Institute for International Affairs (Clingendael), the Swedish National Defence College.

While some attention is devoted to security debveloments in the Nordic-Baltic area (chapter in the Russia between East and West ed. by Gabriel Gorodetsky, 2003) and in the Black Sea area (workshop in Stockholm, December 2003), a key question addressed in late 2003 was: What sort of 'Great Power' Russia aspires to be and could realistically expects to become? (PONARS Memo 318, Washington: CSIS, December 2003, at

The topic that I am pondering at the start of 2004 is the rise of 'siloviki' in Putin's court and the possible consequences of this Bysantine intrigue for Russia's freign and security policy. 

One particular project implemented in mostly 2002 with support from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry is:

Beyond Putin’s Westward Quest



Popular Article

Baev, Pavel K. (2006) Putin takes 'Life-Is-Good' approach with Russian Public, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 30 October.
Baev, Pavel K. (2005) In Great Haste, Khodorkovsky Found Guilty, Gets One Year Less than Sentenced, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 26 September.
Baev, Pavel K. (2005) Putin's sinking presidency: What efficiency?, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 8 August.
Baev, Pavel K. (2005) Disentangling the Moscow-Berlin Axis: Follow the Money, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 1 August.
Baev, Pavel K. (2005) Was the Rice-Lavrov Quarrel Really about Belarus?, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 2 May.
Baev, Pavel K. (2005) Putin's Residual Europeanism and Creeping Self-isolation, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 22 March.
Baev, Pavel K. (2005) Will Putin Pull the Plug on the CIS?, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 14 March.
Baev, Pavel K. (2005) Is Europe too Small for both Bush and Putin?, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 28 February.
Baev, Pavel K. (2004) Putin Sets New Goals for Russian National Identity, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 5 November.
Baev, Pavel K. (2004) The European Troika Meets in Sochi, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 1 September.
Baev, Pavel K. (2004) Andropov's Legacy in Putin's Foreign Policy, Eurasia Daily Monitor, 18 June.

Report - External Series

Baev, Pavel K. (2005) Putin's European Project: Derailed or Set Back in Reformatting?, PONARS Policy Memo, 331. Washington DC.