Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

Meet the Author | Regina Smyth

“The Kremlin has not had very many missteps”

Regina Smyth highlights the crucial role of control over information in authoritarian regimes. In her latest book, ‘Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability. Russia 2008–2020’, she analyses how the Putin regime manipulates elections and how protest movements emerge.
ZOiS Spotlight 14/2021

German attitudes to Russia after the Navalny poisoning

The findings of a ZOiS survey show that the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has polarised German public opinion on Russia. The country is increasingly seen as a threat, yet more respondents than before describe Vladimir Putin as an “effective president”.
ZOiS Spotlight 13/2021

Russia and the right of peoples to self-determination

When it comes to the right of peoples to self-determination, Russia’s state practice attests to its complex relationship with this principle of international law. This is especially apparent from the inconsistencies in its handling of secessionist tendencies in the post-Soviet space.


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. On this occasion, ZOiS, together with cooperation partners, is hosting a series of events that revisit the watershed year of 1991 and examine the legacies of the Soviet era.

Focus on Belarus

According to official results, Belarusian president Aliaksandr Lukashenka has been reelected for another turn on 9 August. In the aftermath of the election, massive protests are taking place in the country. In the light of these current events, ZOiS has put together a dossier on politics and society in Belarus.
Research Clusters

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters: Societies between Stability and Change, Conflict Dynamics and Border Regions, Migration and Diversity, Youth in Eastern Europe, and Political Economy and Integration.


Roundtable Osteuropa

Roundtable Osteuropa is a podcast by the Centre for East European and International Studies. Scholars of ZOiS and their guests discuss their research of Eastern Europe. We consider events in politics and society, while also trying to shed light on lesser-known issues – with insights from sociology, political science, geography, social anthropology, literary studies and theology.


External Academic Publications

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters and publish their result in peer-reviewed journals.