Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 1/2022 by Stefan Meister

The Future of European Security – What Does Russia Want?

With its build-up of troops at the border with Ukraine, Moscow is testing the unity between the US and Europe. The revival of the NATO-Russia Council and the upgrading of the OSCE talks are important steps towards a more multilateral approach to European security and closer coordination between the partners.
Meet the Author | Alicja Curanović

'Russian messianism is a counter-hegemonic narrative of Russia as an underdog'

In her new book 'The Sense of Mission in Russian Foreign Policy', political scientist Alicja Curanovic explores the influence of messianism and mission narratives in Russian foreign policy. Analysing more than 25 000 documents, she identifies 15 mission roles ascribed to Russia by the elite.
ZOiS Spotlight 45/2021 by Kostiantyn Fedorenko

Ukraine’s Short-Lived Middle-Class Political Parties

In the past, Ukrainian political parties that represent the middle class have quickly faded into insignificance. Nevertheless, there are currently new attempts by well-known personalities to found middle-class parties. To assess their chances of success, it is worth looking at why their predecessors failed.
ZOiS Spotlight 43/2021 by Tsypylma Darieva and Sina Giesemann

Recruiting for the Nation? Russia’s New Repatriation Law

Russian policy towards Russian speakers living abroad could soon be significantly changed. A bill aims at simplifying the procedure to obtain Russian citizenship, including the right to return to the ‘historical homeland’. The law could have extensive geopolitical consequences and has raised international concerns.
Meet the Author | Margarita M. Balmaceda

“You can’t use each energy type as a foreign policy weapon in the same way”

In her book Russian Energy Chains, Margarita M. Balmaceda analyses the value chains of Russia’s three largest fossil fuel exports. She traces the journey of an exemplary molecule of each gas, oil and coal from production in Russia through transit and processing in Ukraine to the end consumer in Germany.


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.